We are huge fans of strategic outsourcing (here are some of our previous suggestions on outsourcing meal planning, for example). Being working parents means our most precious commodity is time, and thus we have gotten pretty good at identifying where we should be spending our time, and where it makes sense to outsource.
And oh, do we have a good one for you today.
Almost every parent we know has a bunch of their kids’ school artwork stuffed in a drawer somewhere, or maybe piled into a bin in the garage. (Erin is friends with one efficient mom who just tosses everything the day it comes home from school, but the two of us are moderate-level hoarders when it comes to our kids and we can’t bear to throw it all away.)
Preschool and kindergarten mean a virtual avalanche of artwork. The volume drops off a bit after that, but by the time our kids were first graders, they noticed when we threw things away and and acted mortally wounded to find their creations in the recycling bin. Hence the giant plastic tub of art projects sitting in each of our garages.
What to do with this stuff?
Send it all to Artkive’s Concierge Service.
We’ve been fans of the Artkive mobile app for years, but their Concierge is next-level magic. You ship all of the original artwork using a pre-paid shipping label, and they handle the busy work. They professionally photograph everything, lay it all out digitally in book format, and send you a preview so you can reorganize or tweak at will (as if we have time for even that small step – we made exactly zero changes to the digital previews they sent us).
Then the best part: Artkive prints everything into a gorgeous hardcover book and ships that book to your doorstep. They’ll either return the original art if you want it, or recycle it if you don’t.
Our kids are OBSESSED with their books of last year’s art projects. (Our kids are somewhat vain.) They love looking through their past creations, and honestly so do we. In fact, the first round of books we ordered were such a hit that we dug all the preschool stuff out of the depths of the garage and sent that in for more books!
To make things even better, right now Artkive is offering a discount to our readers! Just enter promo code workkidswine at checkout for 10% off any Artkive Concierge order.