Feb 16 2011

Do you save your kids' artwork or throw it out?

A question was recently raised by The New York Times..."Kids artwork: do you save it or throw it out?" Good question! Are you a "keeper" or "chucker?!" Why or why not?

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2/16/2011 4:16:39 PM
alec United States
im a keeper but my mom throws everything that she finds in my rooom
2/16/2011 4:18:07 PM
Lisa United States
Both!  I use to photograph my daughters in front of a month's worth of art/projects, and then pitch all but the favorite.
2/16/2011 4:22:15 PM
Niqee United States
I dislike clutter.  I scan all art work and keep it on an external hard drive.  Instead of tossing the art, we will take or send to grandparents or take to the local nursing home to give away.  They love the pictures drawn by the kids.  I am starting to take the priceless momentos of handprints and such and put them in a new pizza box with the year on it.  This helps to organize the space a little also.
2/16/2011 4:23:34 PM
Micah S. Collins United States
Micah S. Collins
I'm a Keeper!! My 5 yr old daughter Kairi loves coloring her own pictures. So I buy those packs of 3x5 index cards, she has colored sooo many and I keep em all in a dresser drawer.
2/16/2011 4:25:14 PM
Nancy United States
I love the artwork my kiddos do.  I am a keeper, but the way I keep them are by taking photos of my favorites and putting those into their scrapbooks.  This way I can enjoy them for a long time to come. Then I let me kids pick their favorites and they keep them in an "under the bed box". They can only keep what can fit in the box. When the box can't close they have to go through it and again pick their favorites. Works great for our family.
2/16/2011 4:31:17 PM
Michelle United States
Hi Kelli !! I just wanted to let you know that we were eating dinner and my daughter Sierra who is 5 heard you on air and said with excitement "YAY KELLI IS FEELING BETTER !!!".  thank you for being on air for my kids and we're glad you're feeling better
2/16/2011 4:41:12 PM
magon United States
im soooooo a keeper....i have nothing from when i was a kid..none of my art projects or anything ..so being a single mom, i want to keep and cherish all of my kids projects, so i can have something to show them and there kids when they grow up...im going to make a book with all of there art projects.....
2/16/2011 4:43:53 PM
Keri Owen United States
Keri Owen
My daughter will be 2 in April. She LOVES coloring and doodleing.  I have my Facebook profile pic as a doodle she did just yesterday!  I hear on KLOVE, and all over time and again not take anything she does for granted.  I love her drawings so much and she is just my amazing little person. My mom saved all of our's (4 of us) and I love looking through it!
2/16/2011 4:58:11 PM
Malia Benson United States
Malia Benson
I'm a keeper. We have two girls ages 10 and 13. Every birthday from age 1 we have saved one special mylar balloon in a box (themed to the party). When we get them their first car we will air them up again and it will be the biggest best bokay to tie to the hood.

Thank you for all you do, I LOVE KLOVE!
Will you please play You raise me up.
2/16/2011 5:03:29 PM
Paige United States
Both!  I keep the artwork for a year or two then I go through and keep the ones I really like. After a year or so many of the pieces lose their original sentimental hold on me.
2/16/2011 5:04:49 PM
Denise United States
I saved all my children's artwork on a huge blank wall in my "country kitchen". It made a sort of collage. It was so fun to look at for the kids as they were growing up.
2/16/2011 5:05:02 PM
Olivia United States
I'm not married and I don't have any kids, but i think it's important to keep the childrens' artwork... because it makes them feel important. At least that's how I felt when I found my artwork in my moms' stuff. That is how I know she loves me, although she dose not how to show it...
2/16/2011 5:05:16 PM
debbie United States
I am a keeper and a chucker. I donate clothing all the time to needy and sometimes get too happy doing so and miss an item or two.
when it comes to my children's artwork, schoolwork and such I have improved in my keeper attitude.
but I have kept so much more stuff my grown children did at achool hoping that their children will enjoy seeing their art and school work.
2/16/2011 5:14:05 PM
Lee United States
I am a keeper - I have several items of my twin daughters who are now 17 years old. My mother passed away 2 years ago this month and she was a keeper too.  After she had passed, I found among many things a letter that I wrote her before I was married.  I also found 3 envelopes - each one had a curl of hair- one belonging to me and the other two were my cousins. I carefully tied the locks of hair with fishing line and placed them in clear plastic frames with a pink or blue bow (girl or boy). Then after laminating the envelopes with my mom's handwriting, I made sure that my cousins got them. It was a wonderful keepsake that we will treasure forever.
2/16/2011 5:15:33 PM
Crystal K.
Crystal K.
My daughter is quite the artist & hates for anything to get thrown away that she makes; she & her brother would draw on the programs at church every Sun. & want to keep those too, so I told  them they had to pick their favorites & we would frame them with a matte & put them on the walls. The smaller things make good collages. I wish I still had some of my art from my childhood.
2/16/2011 5:17:31 PM
Jeanna Ball United States
Jeanna Ball
I keep!  I have artwork from my kids way back when and now that they are out of school and have kids of there own...we have fun looking at it...
2/16/2011 5:17:32 PM
Julie United States
I am a keeper and a chucker. I save my kids art work for about a year, then I take digital photos of the art and I make a digital scrapbook that displays all the art. It turns out to be beautiful coffee table art book! Then I chuck the original so it reduces the clutter. I do this for both my kids.   Julie from Phoenix.
2/16/2011 5:18:02 PM
Chris United States
My wife is from a family of 'picky chucker’s' and I am from a, well, let us call it what it is, 'pack rats'.  My wife in an attempt to cut down on excessive stuff in the house has stumbled upon a brilliant idea.  She takes our 5 year old's (our eldest) artwork and scans it into our computer, before she chucks it.  Smile
2/16/2011 5:19:54 PM
Shirley Howell United States
Shirley Howell
I kept everything and when the  kids married gave them a gift...all thier work including teacher notes, art work, report cards,pictures, etc.They got a kick out of it and so did their spouses. Now my son is saving everything that his son does and will do the samething for him.
2/16/2011 5:41:03 PM
Tanya Canfield United States
Tanya Canfield
I used to be a keeper, until I married one, and gave birth to four of them! Now I pitch stuff as a matter of survival. We have a favorite kids' cartoon called Mouse and Mole. Mouse is a chucker, Mole is a keeper. One day they decide to tidy up, and Mouse utters some very wise words, "You can have space, or you can have stuff, but you can't have both!"
2/17/2011 2:19:02 PM
Kelly Mathis United States
Kelly Mathis
I keep everything my daughter does.  I hole-punch her artwork & put it in a 3-ring binder and I label each binder with the grade that she was in that year.  When she gets older, she'll look back & appreciate it!!
2/17/2011 5:22:00 PM
Tricia United States
I'm a keeper.  My daughter is 34 and now I like to show my grandchildren her art work, school records and some school work I've been able to hang on to.  Their amazed that their mom "did that".
2/17/2011 8:25:19 PM
Jacqui Barney United States
Jacqui Barney
I have 5 kids and I cant keep everything. I have file folders in the filing cabinet each with their name on it. I save some the best work, some of the bad stuff too. I always save the memories like handprints or other non replaceable this. So far its worked great for me. I do like the pizza box comment from earlier. I might try that for storage purposes.
2/17/2011 10:58:06 PM
Jainina United States
Keeper! My kids art work to me are master pieces of their love to me! I decorate my fridge with each new piece and place the old ones in a safe place where I will always have them to look back on and cherish when they are grown and have moved away!
2/18/2011 4:26:38 PM
Stephanie United States
I had saved all my twin girls(18yrs old now) artwork up until I got married in 2005 and my new husband(who didn't have kids) threw it all away, not knowing what it was. he said it looked like junk. I could have killed him..haha just joking.
2/18/2011 4:27:23 PM
Taffy Blake United States
Taffy Blake
I keep only the art that is developmentally importnat. For instance when my children first draw a circle and a face and then the circle face with arms and legs coming out of it. Anything that indicates growth I keep. The other stuff is WAY too much to keep. We go through a big box of printer paper from Costco every month. I have 3 artist so I have to limit what i keep or I would be swimming in paper!!
2/18/2011 4:46:31 PM
Elizabeth United States
I have two sons (now grown and on their own), but when they were in school I let them keep only one item of their school work each month which then went into their 'treasure chest' for safe keeping.  At the end of the year, then they went through the 12 'keepers' and chose again only one to keep. So, then we only had 12 projects/arts or crafts that were kept throughout their elementary and high school years. Still this day we still have those '12 keepers' and will pass them on when they get married.  But when the boys were little we posted their artwork, etc on the refrigerator and on the wall in the kitchen every week. After the week was up we took pictures of their creativity with them.  Then the pictures were placed into their own 'photo album'.  Rather have pictures to remember then accumulating alot of paper!  To this very day, when my sons come and visit - they enjoy looking at their past accomplishments when they were children. P.S. What about their toys?  We only kept our son's Lego's of which all the adult men (my husband, grown sons and my brothers still to this day when they all get together and have some sort of Lego building wars). These 'Legos' are kept in three 20 gallon containers in the garage. So I guess some boys will always be boys with their toys.
2/19/2011 1:53:46 PM
Tim United States
Generally I'm not a keeper of paper or things but I have kept my daughter's artwork.  She's a teenager now but I have artwork going back to when she first started school.  I keep it because I'm divorced and she lives with her mother in a neighboring state.  I figure someday when she grows up we will pull it and we'll have a laugh or a cry.....or I'll embarrass her in front of her kids!!
2/20/2011 4:17:54 AM
Brenda MacFarland United States
Brenda MacFarland
Our Family keeps all of our kids art projects.  It is getting overwhelming now since the girls are now 11 and 13 years old.  My oldest daughter is a very talented artist.  I love finding stuff from when they were in preschool and kindergarten.  It helps to get through the tween and teen days with these girls.......
2/20/2011 9:16:49 PM
Stefanie Hawkins United States
Stefanie Hawkins
I keep all of my son's artwork in a box for the entire school year. Then have the grandparents pick their favorites. I pick my favorite. The rest get donated to the trashman!
2/21/2011 2:51:08 PM
Vikki Gremel United States
Vikki Gremel
I take the kids artwork and make it into calendars for the grandparents, aunts and uncles! Just get one of those acrylic "box" frames and cut the artwork to size - I use 11 x 14. Print out monthly calendars, stick it to the picture - laminate them if you want and there you go!
PERFECT gift for the grandparents, PLUS you aren't throwing it away.
2/21/2011 3:23:36 PM
Sylvia Oliver United States
Sylvia Oliver
I have an high functioning Autstic boy who I save most of his first everything. So I think that makes me a saver. I have jumbled up metal heart he made me almost three years ago for mothers day. I keep it on my side of our van to remind me he can do things. It's helps on his bad days to have something to remind me God is always watching him.
2/23/2011 6:14:16 PM
Jeffrey Fritts United States
Jeffrey Fritts
I spent 26 years in the Air Force flying C-130s.  I always carried some of my three children's art work in my flight bag.  This was before the days of laptops with a camera.  It was a piece of home and helped me remember why I was doing what I was doing.  It also helped my children know that daddy thought they were special.  
2/23/2011 10:09:43 PM
Debbie Muniz United States
Debbie Muniz
I remember when we only had two little boys and how I kept absolutely everything they made and brought home from school.  Now, we have 7 children and.........that is no longer practical!  Needless to say, our two oldest boys are 18 and 20 now, and they could care less about most of the things I saved.  
2/24/2011 12:59:31 PM
Ian United States
I keep everything I can, but my parents only keep some of my work! Frown
2/25/2011 12:11:14 PM
Rachel United States
I am just a teenager, but my friends dad kept ALL of his artwork and his papers. Now it is just a pile of old papers and artwork. Yes it is amazing to look back and to see how much you have devolped and matured. But to keep all of the artwork, I think that is a little much. So when I have kids YEARS & YEARS down the road, I think I will donante them to a nursing home. (: I'm sure they will love the artwork.
2/26/2011 12:52:32 PM
Brandy United States
I keep lots of stuff.  I have a plastic tote in each of my girls closets and try to put special stuff in them.  This keeps it neat and they hold a lot.
2/27/2011 9:20:36 AM
Cherry United States
Even though im not an adult yet, i know that if i had kids, i would not want to keep it because all adults say "it takes up to much space." But what they dont know, is that when there preschooler goes off to college, and you take out the artwork you saved, it will bring back so many memories.
2/27/2011 2:03:04 PM
Christina United States
HahahaSmile i love that question!
No way I am in 8th grade-- and even though ill never admit this; i love to find my old art work that my mom has kept.... it means so much that she even gave a thought about keeping something i made. Even if it was from kindergarten, and  I might of colored out of the lines or cut crooked, i would say to all parents: keep your kids art work, hang it up and praise them for exploring their talents! Maybe someday they will come back and relive those precious memories with you!
2/28/2011 5:03:57 PM
Debbie United States
Take a picture of the art work and then throw it out.
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