It’s kind of funny that I’m writing a post about organization. My way of organizing is having nothing to organize. I was born to be a minimalist. Alas, with children, you have to learn to organize. And I haven’t yet….but I’m getting there.
One of my biggest struggles is knowing what to do with the kids’ artwork. Selah acquired mass quantities of artistic ability from her Dad. She is daily creating new sculptures, mosaics, watercolors, you name it.
I haven’t always known what to do with the art before, but I think that I’ve finally got a good system working. Here are some ideas for organizing all of those kid creations.
Organizing Kids’ Artwork:
1. Frame and Display: Take the time to frame those special pieces. Repurpose old picture frames with a new coat of paint or buy inexpensive frames at a dollar store. Display artwork on a wall as a gallery collection or on a ribbon or rope with clothespins.
2. Send it Away with Love: Send away the artwork (signed, of course) to a faraway friend or family member. Write a special note on the back. Mailing tubes can be used so as not to “compromise” the piece.
3. Establish a Portfolio: Keep smaller, special pieces of art in plastic sleeves in a binder or in a portfolio. Take pictures of larger or three-dimensional pieces of artwork. Print out the photographs and include those in the portfolio.
4. Toss on the Sly: This goes without saying. If you need to get rid of a piece, don’t let your kids see you. Even if it’s just scribbled greenery on a commercial coloring page; it’s dear to them. Respect their hearts as such. (It’s always good to take preventative tear crying measures.)