That very first finger painting is magical. Your kiddo came home from daycare and handed you a masterpiece that is certainly museum-worthy. You proudly pin it on the fridge, giving it the due display that it totally deserves. The next day your tot totes home another fab finger paint project. The day after, it鈥檚 a crayon drawing. Before you know it, you have your very own toddler art gallery that鈥檚 taking over your home. You kind of want to trash some of it, but you feel like the world鈥檚 worst parent for throwing away your child鈥檚 hard work. Check out why it鈥檚 entirely okay to toss your child鈥檚 artwork 鈥 when you use these space-saving ideas!

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1. Rocketbook Color Notebook ($20 pre-order): Your kiddo loves to draw鈥 but you can鈥檛 keep track of the mountains of papers that are filling their room, the playroom, the kitchen 鈥 and everywhere else. This little book works with Crayola washable products, and you can wipe them away once a work is complete. If you鈥檙e wondering how you could possibly erase your child鈥檚 precious portraits and super-fantastic scribbles, don鈥檛 stress: The notebook comes with an app to capture, save, and store everything they draw.

2. Keepy (Free for iOS and Android): This mega-popular app lets you organize and share your child鈥檚 artwork. You can create a timeline for each child, order prints (if you want to turn the artwork back into something on paper), make photo books, and even share via Instagram.

3. Plum Print: If you鈥檝e ever considered turning your child鈥檚 masterpieces into an ottoman (seriously), this is for you. They send you a box, you fill it with art (paintings, drawings, and even sculptures), you send the box back, and their professional photographers snaps pics. Choose from a kind of awesome array of products, including photo books, throw pillows, and 鈥 yes 鈥 ottoman poufs. The pros at Plum Print can send the artwork back, but the idea is kind of to get rid of it. If that鈥檚 the case (and you don鈥檛 want a box of papers showing back up on your doorstep), they鈥檒l escort it to 鈥淎rtwork Heaven鈥 for you.

4. Crayola Imaginables: Your completely creative kiddo just drew the most outrageously amazing creature, completely from their imagination! You want to save that drawing forever. Well, forever is a long time. And most likely their drawing will just end up at the bottom of a very tall pile of other artwork. Why not snap a pic, upload it, and send it off to Imaginables? They鈥檒l take your child鈥檚 cool creation and turn it into an actual stuffed animal.

5. Artkive (Free for iOS and Android): Create an artsy archive that your family and friends can access from their devices. Photograph your child鈥檚 artwork, upload it, and create albums. If that鈥檚 just too much work, Artkive offers a concierge service too! They鈥檒l send you a mailing label, and you send them the art. They鈥檒l then professionally photograph it, load it into your account, and create a book for you. While the app itself is free, additional services and products (such as photo books) have fees attached.

6. Your Phone: Just because we live in an age where everything is an app鈥檚 length away, it doesn鈥檛 mean that you鈥檙e 100 percent technically proficient. If the farthest you go into teching out is emailing your boss from your cell, this may be the way to go. Snap a pic, and鈥 well, that鈥檚 kind of it. You can even step up the storage game and take a photo of your child holding their artwork. Now you don鈥檛 have to add a date, a feeling, or anything else. You鈥檝e got your four-year-old proudly smiling as they pose with their Jackson Pollock-esque masterpiece.

Which originals do you save, and which do you digitally archive? Tweet us how you decide what to keep and what to toss @BritandCo.

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