Get ready, parents. School art work is about to come home–heaps of tissue paper collages, posterboard paintings, and charcoal drawings. You’ll want to frame some, hang some, and then store everything you don’t pitch or recycle.

In a feng shui workshop I once took with Nancy Santo Pietro, I learned that you can be a good parent and not keep everything. “Look at what you’re teaching your children,” Nancy said to one participant who was fretting over where to stash every single bit. “You’re teaching them that it all matters and that they must hold on to it.” That’s not healthy, she said.

Sit down with your children and admire it all. Try to avoid the hard edges of labels like “your best,” or even “good,” “great,” or “less successful.” Just say, “Oh my, I see how hard you worked on all this!” You want to admire the process, right? Then weed the stack down with your child beside you, noticing what they like and want to keep, and store what remains in a nice portfolio. Hack at it again on your own time later. Sometimes, I wait a year before I do the most serious pitching.

Remember, it’s nice to send some pieces to relatives who’ve got more space to display these things, and more money to frame them! Then you and your children can see the work on visits to grandma’s or Aunt Ida’s! “Cool,” your kid can say, “I did that when I was little, and I’ve come a long way since then!”

Here’s a web page on how to make your own artwork storage portfolio. Tell us your tricks in the meantime.

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