My ds loves to do arts and crafts. It is not just a phase. Its been going on 3 years. He does a minimum of 12 projects a week. He uses paper, glue, glitter, magazines, papertowel tubes, felt, buttons, things he pulls from the garbage, tin cans, paints, markers, chalk, sculpy, popscicle sticks, beads, string, paper plates, etc..... We have 9 shelves in the kitchen devoted to his supplies. It is absolutely wonderful to watch him. I love it!
The problem: He has a closet full of finished products. I try to date them and put them in boxes so they are not spread everywhere. We have 3 clotheslines hung on the walls to display art work. And he sticks it all over the walls in his room, and hangs it from the ceiling, and displays it on his dresser, sort of helter skelter everywhere. All our friends and relatives get "art work" as gifts. But I still can't keep up.
I used to throw a lot of it away and just save the most special things. Dh thinks it is awful for me to sneak behind ds's back to do this, but I just can't involve ds in sorting through it. He cries about every little thing I ask him to sacrifice. It is just so traumatic for him, and then for a few days he'll refuse to make anything because "you'll just make me throw it away!" So obviously, I can't do that to him anymore.
But honestly, I don't think we can keep all this stuff! I don't even know if going through it in secret by myself will work anymore. He has started to notice things disapearing. We are hoping to move this year, and I'd rather not rent an extra truck to lug his masterpeices behind us. Especially as the glue looses its stick and all the macaroni starts to turn green. Lately he has been squeezing out piles of colorful glitter glue into swirly designs, and peeling it off after it dries. So, we have piles of dried glue everywhere as "decoration."