Wed, 07/22/2015 - 10:21am

End of the Year Hoarding

By: Kathleen  Fellinger

KinderBuzz Blog Have you cleaned out your kid’s backpack yet?  How about that pile of school stuff that came home?  Is that still sitting at your front door?  This year, I swore to tackle it on the last day of school.  Backpacks spilling over with construction paper, duotangs, notebooks and journals. I have a secret...don’t tell anyone but I am a hoarder.  Not in my everyday activities and life, but with my kids’ school projects and crafts. I just can’t seem to throw any of it away.  Usually, I tend to be an extreme minimalist - I like clean, simple, functional design.  In fact, I hate clutter and piles of stuff sitting around.  I shred it, purge it, recycle it, donate it or sell it.  But when it comes to my kids’ artwork, crafts and projects that come home from school or camps--I keep everything.  I don’t know when to let it go and it’s becoming a problem.  Let’s face it - we can’t keep it all. So here are some tips that I have been researching to help parents that might be feeling the same way.

Only keep one or two items that are specifically made for you.  For example, that Mother’s Day craft or Father’s Day poem your kids wrote or made especially for you.  Projects or crafts that will mean something to you 10 years from now.


You can create a scrapbook and keep any pieces that you feel you must keep, such as: original artwork, spelling or math test they earned 100% on.Or ask your child to help choose what should go in the scrapbook.


Take pictures of everything and then create a photo album.  That way, you don’t have to keep any of the projects but you will always have a neat and tidy archive of all those great master pieces.

You don’t need to keep 10 poems of Remembrance Day, but you could save one for Grandma or that special Aunt who loves receiving home made items for her birthday. It is a more meaningful gift to a special someone and a great way to recycle.

No matter what you decide to do, make sure you go through your kids’ supplies and try to use anything you can for the next school year.  My kids aren’t very hard on stuff like pencil sharpeners, rulers, binders or calculators, so I try and use those again instead of buying new ones every year.  It will help you save money for back to school, which hopefully won’t be here for awhile.

Do you have any ideas on how to recycle or reuse kids’ projects?  We would love to share it here.  Email me at editorial at kinderbuzz dot com.