Every so often, another mother will ask what I do with all the pictures and crafts my children have made.
I actually keep an large, old shoe box, up on a closet shelf, where it is easy to get to, but still out of the way...
...so I can easily slip pictures into it, when I take them down from the fridge, or clear the table. I take a quick second, and mark the back of each picture with the child's name and the date, or the season and year - if I can't remember the exact date the picture was drawn.
When the box is full, I go through it, and remove duplicate type drawings, so I have a nice sampling of each child's work, from each stage of development to keep.
After all, I loved those preschool drawn pancake people as much as any mom...
...but I don't really need every single one to remember, or to show the children later.
As to the bigger crafts, I might snap a quick photo of them for the box - then, I heartlessly dismantle them, recouping whatever pieces (googly eyes, feathers, craft sticks) that can be reused. Unless the craft is also a toy, and then I leave it to be played with until it is either destroyed, forgotten, or outgrown. At which point it can usually go into to the trash without causing its maker too much trauma.
How about you? Any great suggestions for storing all that artwork?