“Let’s Get Organized” Series – Installment 3
Hello lovely readers! In my 3rd installment of the “Let’s Get Organized” series, I want to address a topic that is near and dear to parents worldwide: their children’s artwork.
If you are new to this series, welcome! As part of my New Year’s focus (see how I avoided “resolution?” I want this to stick!), I will dissect the main issues in my own home that keep me from reaching my maximum efficiency. Then, the fun part! Revamping how I do everything. So glad that you’re along for the journey! Now let’s delve right in……
So we’ve already tackled the kitchen from pantry essentials to clutter on flat surfaces within your kitchen. In my world, the other topic that needs to be addressed is a more sensitive one: my beloved children’s artwork. I adore displaying our 4-year-old twins’ drawings as much as they enjoy surveying the projects they lovingly birthed. While I will not pretend that I keep every piece that comes my way (total honesty, folks), I do want to exhibit the latest items and encourage the twins’ imagination.
The trouble in my home is that I have nearly every door in my kitchen completely covered. Sure, it’s homey but there is so much of it! The hardest thing is admitting that love drawings – when they are not displayed properly – can look like (gasp) CLUTTER.
Before I entered “The Peterson Picture,” my stepson’s artwork was displayed in the most delightful of ways, such as….
Then the Mrs. Peterson 2.0 (the Disorganized Version) moved in and years later, had twins. Here’s how I showcase my children’s creations:
Yeah. It speaks for itself.
What Do I Want?
For me, to properly combat artwork clutter, 3 things must apply:
- It must be easy. My craft skills are abysmal. And the more complex the project, the less likely I am to follow-through.
- It must be inexpensive. After all, the scotch-tape-on-the-door method costs pennies.
- It cannot be time-consuming. Again, busting out the scotch tape only takes a minute. That’s what we’re competing with here.
Pinterest is loaded with cute ideas, but most of them violate my rule #1. Moving on…..
In 12 Nifty New Ways to Display Kids’ Artwork, Wendy Manwarren Generes and Alexis Hobbs neatly lay out artwork display solutions. While I like all of them, there are 2 that I want to implement.
- Strung Up Sketches. I can take my little darlings’ artwork and move it out of the kitchen (which is, as you well know by now, my problem zone). With little free space on our walls in common areas, we could move the artwork into the children’s respective rooms.
- Make a Book. Going back to my Total Honesty Pledge, although I treasure my children’s creations, I simply have not been able to retain most of it. Due to my lack of organizational skills, I would be on a certain path to becoming a hoarder. Each time I fold up a carefully constructed art project and tuck it underneath some garbage to be out of the view of young eyes, I feel a familiar tug at my heart. I cannot think of a better uncluttered solution than to keep images of your favorite pieces in a photo book.
The Artful Parent website also has gobs of ways to use frames and decals in your artwork exhibits, including twists on the traditional refrigerator display. The other thing that caught my eye was the ArtKive app that Jean mentions in her article.
Through this app, you can photograph your children’s creations, organize them by name and age and be able to pull them up online wherever you are. Depending on your level of ability with creating photo books and/or time and money you are willing to spend, you can even take advantage of ArtKive’s concierge services. What?!? You can take photos of a gazillion of your kid’s love drawings and pay someone else to do all the work? Brilliant! (Since the concierge service violates my rule #2 – and because I am a whiz at photo books – I’ll still choose the d-i-y route.)
My Game Plan
I’ve poured through websites. I’ve scanned Pinterest and Etsy. Finally, I’ve made a decision!
For Caroline, I will be buying this lovely Princess Castle and Carriage Child’s Art Display Hanger, which will work beautifully in her pink and girly bedroom.
This Sailboat Art Hanger will go perfectly with Will’s nautical-themed bedroom.
Even though I’m not bravely entering the craft arena myself, I feel even better about how fabulous the kids’ art pieces will look, hanging where they can proudly behold them in their own space.
Readers, how have you found ways to organize and display your children’s masterpieces?
Come back next week to read about how I’m going to organize the Disaster Zone known as my pantry!