Paper Craft

How do you tell your kids that while you appreciate and encourage their creativity, that we do not need to indefinitely keep every little drawing, garbage sculpture, stapled-together paper plates with dried beans inside, giant painting with three splotches, decorated wood, ribbon collection, colored-in sheet from the dentist, collages made from cutouts from catalogs, sheets with rubber stamp designs and stickers, paper airplanes, more paper airplanes, crooked origami cranes, and swords made from branches and broken toys? I’m happy to frame and display some of your best art. We can put some of the other better ones in a portfolio which will promptly leave the house with you once you get your own damn house. But please let me throw out the rest. I promise I’ll recycle what I can. At this point I refuse to take the kids to any public event that features “kids activities”, which is code word for more junk that will clutter every corner of your house. Anybody want a rolled up drawing of an elephant with some glued-on photos of bunnies and a Spiderman sticker?

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11 Responses to Paper Craft

  1. Dr Becca says:

    Tell them that the trash is God’s mail chute.

  2. proflikesubstance says:

    Nam will be calling you Dr. Becca, when they toss the dead goldfish in there without telling anyone and it sits for two days.

    We just toss the older stuff out at night. She doesn’t miss it because there is ALWAYS more.

    • gerty-z says:

      this is what we do, too. Mini-G puts all her things in the “special box” and every so often some things disappear from the bottom. The box never gets full, and she never misses anything because she doesn’t even remember what is down there.

  3. Say they can keep it, but it has to go in THEIR room.

  4. Lisa says:

    my mom always sent it to gramdma/ grandpa- the better stuff- or to relatives who don’t have kids (but like them). it wont take care of all of it but if there’s any guilt chucking stuff you can send it to others!

  5. Karyn says:

    We kept a storage container under the bed. Everything went in for a year. Then the cold got to choose a folders worth of stuff to keep for posterity.

  6. Namnezia says:

    I think the late night garbage sneak is key, except that they start remembering what they made, especially if it’s 3 foot tall and made out of found objects fastened to each other.

  7. becca says:

    Take digital pictures of everything, with their smiling faces, and save the pictures in a handy thumb drive. Then explain that they need to pick their top X% of favorite work to actually keep on display, and make them chuck it.

  8. CoR says:

    I have this problem, too, except that CBH is the one that thinks we have to keep ALL of the kid art. I pack them off to the inlaws for deep cleaning periodically and I throw out whatever I can in the time allotted. No one misses a damn thing.

  9. drugmonkey says:

    Grinchy groucher!

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