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7 Easy Ideas for Organizing Kids
by Maria Gracia
In school, kids are encouraged to create, draw,
color, paint and build. These activities can certainly
stimulate children, and help them grow.
Very often, these masterpieces that your children create are brought
home and proudly displayed. But what do you do when all of the
artwork begins to take over your home? Here are 7 great ideas:
FIND THE DIAMONDS. Rather than keeping every single piece of
artwork your child creates, sit down with your child on a regular basis
and ask him to choose the one or two he likes best. By the end of the
year, you should have no more than 5 pieces of artwork that your child
believes to be his 'best' pieces. This will help keep the artwork under
control, and will still give you an opportunity to save his creations for
A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS. Take photos of the
artwork that your child creates and keep these photos in a scrapbook.
This way, even if the artwork is discarded for space purposes, you'll still
have the memory!
KIDS FILE STORAGE BOX. Office supply stores carry portable file
boxes that hold hanging file folders. These generally have a cover and
a handle for easy portability. Help your child create her very own filing
system. Perhaps one file folder for 2nd grade artwork, one for 3rd grade
artwork, and so on. Now, all the drawings, and any type of artwork that
lays flat, will be kept safe and organized. You'll even be teaching your
child filing skills! It's never too early!
KEEP IT CONTAINED. For other artwork that does not lay flat, the
perfect container may be a large, plastic container with a lid. Your child
will have a space for shadowboxes, and other artwork that won't fit into
a file folder. Again, be choosy. If you keep every single piece of artwork
your child brings home for the next 15 years, your house is going to be
overflowing with it.
HANG IT. Get your child his very own artwork bulletin board so he can
display his favorite artwork in his bedroom. When organized on a nice
cork board, this really adds a nice touch to a child's room. Plus, your
child can very easily switch one piece of art, with another.
SUPPLY MANIA. If your child produces a lot of artwork at home, she
probably has tons of crayons, markers and other art supplies. Keep it all
in a portable box, light enough for your child to be able to transport it
from one room into the next. In addition, separate and organize the
supplies into separate Zip-lock baggies before putting them in the box.
This will keep everything organized and easily accessible.
THE PERFECT GIFT. Kids artwork makes the perfect gift for grandma,
grandpa, sister Jane, Aunt Sue, Uncle Jim, and so on. Rather than
buying gifts for your child to give to family members, encourage them to
give their creations away as special gifts to special people.
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