Do you hate organizing kids artwork? Yeah me too… I mean they want to hang on to literally every single piece they ever create as if they are made of solid gold.
I get it. When you’re a kid there is an attachment to that sort of thing, but as an adult having to clean it up and organize it in some way that makes sense can downright suck.
This is where I pulled from my already amazing resource Trello to organize kids artwork in our house!
Trello has been an absolute lifesaver for me when it comes to organizing my life.
I started out using it for my family planning like as our meal planning. It was an absolute lifesaver.
Then I figured out how to organize and plan meals with Trello. Say what?! At that point, I knew the capability was endless.
Trello allows you to create a visual board. Within each board are a variety of lists and cards. You organize your ideas in those lists and break them down by cards.
You can see from the screenshot below what I’m talking about.
Adding files directly to these cards makes it easy to find them later!
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The Purpose of Trello for Organizing Kid’s Artwork
So I wanted to use a very visual place to store all of our daughter’s artwork. When you put the image in Trello the card will populate with an image as a cover for the card.
This only happens though if you add the photo directly to the Trello card.
If you use an alternative method for storing the artwork, like Google Drive, then you will simply add the link. The artwork won’t actually live on Trello at that point.
Trello is Visual
Trello is a very visual place. I can drag and drop into the cards. Then I can also move cards and lists around as I need to.
Lastly, I chose Trello to store kids artwork because I can do it on the go with my iPhone. I have the app on my phone as well as a scanner app and this allows me to quickly scan the artwork as it comes in the door. No hassle or hoarding of papers!
Then the artwork goes straight up on the fridge for roughly a week. At that point, my kids know I get rid of it.
Trello Can Be a Portfolio
You can make a Trello board for each kid in your house. Then you can create lists for each grade they are in and store all of their lovely artwork on each designated list.
You can even break it down further and make a card for each art project.
I also like to use this board as a place to keep school photos and newsletters.
Going Beyond Trello
One thing I love about taking photos of artwork is the fact that I can make them into physical books later on that are much smaller and store easier.
ArtKive is a place that you can create beautiful books to preserve their artwork forever.
If I can’t sit down and make a book right away then I have it saved to Trello to go back to later.
Keeping A Clean Home
Trello has allowed me to manage and organize my home with such ease. I take it everywhere I go and now I use it for so many more things.
I am always thinking of ways to use Trello better. I’ve even created this amazing course teaching other moms how to do the same thing.
By going paperless in our house we have been able to spend less time cleaning and more time making memories together and at the end of the day that’s why I’m here. I wasn’t put on this planet to be constantly cleaning up my home and decluttering the endless paper messes.
Tools Needed to Succeed
- Scanner App
- Google Drive (if you want to house files there)
- ArtKive – Use code TheBalancedMamas for $15 off!
That’s really it mama. Figure out a process that works for you for when the artwork comes into your home. You can upload once a day or per week. Simply scan your photos, save them and upload them to Trello.
I like to do this once a week and I have a basket in my house where all incoming paperwork goes from school.
Then as I see new pictures and newsletters come through from school I save and add those as well.
It’s really that simple. Are you ready to get organized? Don’t forget to visit the Trello inspiration portal for more amazing Trello boards!
Organize Your Kids Artwork!
Grab my Trello board and organize your kids artwork with ease! No more fighting over what artwork to keep and what to throw away!