09/07/2012 12:14 EDT | Updated 11/07/2012 05:12 EST

SavvyMom's Solution to a Home Cluttered With Art



With back to school comes the inevitable onslaught of our offspring's artistic endeavours (gulp). Their creativity is irrefutable but managing the volume is at odds with our resolution to control the clutter, and we're not up for the tears induced by one-too-many garbaflage attempts last year.

(Gar·ba·flage: the act of covering or hiding something in the trash can that your child doesn't want thrown away.)

Here to save our sanity -- and valuable storage space -- is easy app Artkive (free for a limited time). Now when art arrives home, we make a ritual of snapping a pic with our phone or tablet, uploading the photo to the Artkive app where it is tagged with the artist's name, grade, date created and optional title, and then it gets stored in the cloud.

At the end of the school year (eons away), we can choose to have a hardcover book of the projects created, or select another item. We can also share the creations online with a circle of family and friends (and art critics?).

Good to Know: Artkive is currently available for the Apple operating system only, with the android-compatible version launching soon.

Calling all art critics -- here are 11 Ways to Organize Kids' Art.

Take another little piece of my art, now baby.

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