7 Easy Ideas for Organizing
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:
1. 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 future memories.
2. 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!
3. 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!
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
About The Author
by Maria Gracia - Get Organized Now! http://www.getorganizednow.com
FREE Idea-Pak and E-zine filled with tips, ideas, articles and more to help you organize your home,
your office and your life at the Get Organized Now! Web site!