Do you have mountains of kids’ art and paperwork that you have difficulty organizing? If you’re a parent, you know just how much this can accumulate on a daily basis! If you’re sentimental and can’t bear to part with your kids’ art work, there are solutions to this. My problem is that my kids are actually more sentimental about their work and find it horrific when I “accidentally throw them away.” This reminds me of the time I threw some artwork away and one of my kids, who shall remain nameless, looks at me with tears in their eyes and asks, “mom, why did you throw my art away?” #breakingmyheart #guiltymama Then, a few weeks later I threw some other art work away and the same child comes to me with tears and asks, “mom, why do you always throw my artwork away?” #rippingmyheart #guiltymamayetagain So…. I finally decided I needed to find a solution to this issue. One solution is to throw away the artwork and push it so far down the trashcan that the evidence is gone. LOL! This was actually suggested by one of my girlfriends. Another is to make a wall to show off their artwork. Here is the art wall gallery I made in the play room.
I basically added two border frames and two little art frames I re-purposed into chalkboards. I pinned up some thumbtacks and hung up their art with the little black clips. It’s really simple and makes for a pretty display with their proudest pieces of art.
My girlfriend, Gen re-purposed this frame into a chalkboard and the kids like to doodle on it in the playroom.
I like to change out the art from time to time and mix it up a bit. The black clips make it easy to switch out pieces with ease. I also file away some of their most cherished pieces of art that I can’t seem to part with. Did you know there are apps out there for you to save kids’ art by just taking a picture of it? There’s Kids Art Keeper, ArtKive (little pricey but probably worth it if you save a lot), Keepy etc. This way, you can save them without having to deal with the headache of mountains of art work scattered all throughout the house.
Less clutter and a nice art display = Happy Kids and Happy Mama. Let kids be kids!
People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16