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New Year New Goals

I hope everyone had a great holiday season.


The new year usually brings a new goal(s) or resolution(s). In light of January being National Get Organized Month, my goal is to sort, organize and digitize my children's artwork. Note my youngest graduated in 2014. I was the mom that had a difficult time throwing away their projects. I have one tote organized so far by year. I did discover that I had forgotten to write the date on a few of them. Looking back I wish I would have written a story about each piece and noted what grade they were in not just write the date down. Once I get them organized I will scan them and create a photo book. I made one for my grandson of his preschool artwork and he loves it.


Organizing does not have to be overwhelming. Here are a few tips to begin your organizing project, whether it is photo related or not.

1. Start with one project.

2. Download a time blocking app or set a timer.

3. Start with 15 minutes a day or every other day.

4. It's okay to purge.

5. Don't beat yourself up if you don't get it done in your initial time frame.


If your kid's artwork is a mess now, here are some ideas to get it organized.

1. A binder and clear sleeves

2. Use a small filing box. Make labels for each child and each grade.

3. Create a photo book at the end of the school year.


I found 2 great apps that will make the process even easier. One is called Keepy and the other Artkive. You just take a picture of the artwork and write some notes. The apps will create a photo book for you. I found these books a little pricey so I am not sure of the quality of the books. You can also create albums on your photo app that is installed on your phone.


Good luck with your goals!

One of my totes full of years of school artwork.