My mom kept everything. When she passed away 8 years ago, my sister and I flew to Japan where she was living and sifted through her belongings. The thing that amazed us the most was how much she kept from our childhoods. The artwork stash was incredible… Incredibly daunting that is. I mean, she kept scraps of paper we had doodled on in labeled folders by year.
Not in my house. Kidlette artwork gets displayed for about a month. Then it all gets replaced by the next batch of masterpieces. I have one corner in the kitchen that gets adorned with doodles and kid crafts. The pieces that come home from school that are true keepers are stored in a keepsake box after they have been displayed. The rest? It just disappears. I appreciate the time my children spend making artful gifts. I just don’t feel the need to keep them forever. That’s just me. Don’t get me wrong, every hand painted canvas and “I love you mommy” note makes my heart flutter with joy and I get that heart-eyed emoji look on my face when I receive them, but I simply don’t have the space to keep it all! And more importantly, I don’t want my kids to have to rent a dump truck to dispose of these “treasures” when I die. So, I keep it simple.
You should try it! Display what you can for a while and let the new pieces replace the old. Just let those old crafts go. I promise once you throw the first batch away, you’ll feel less guilty about the next batch. And the one after that? You won’t even look back. I promise your kids won’t know the difference of what has disappeared into the abyss.
I’m currently rocking a plastic bead necklace that “goes with everything” because it’s so colorful and wondering at what point I can retire this thing without my son asking where it went…