Thursday, June 10, 2010

THE CLEANING CORNER

If you have children you know that the art work your child brings home is not only endless, but "VERY VERY special mom.  You can't throw that one away!"  We've all heard it a million times while making an effort to purge the mountains of paper art.

Some of us have even taken to methods of sneaking it into the garbage while our children are not around to notice, which my child has pulled back out of the garbage with a look of horror on her face. (Apparently it didn't go deep enough) Or maybe you accidentally spilt water on it...oops, mommy's such a klutz.  I guess we can't keep that one. 

Whatever your method of purging the pile is, I have a few great ideas that you may be interested in using to display those masterpieces, while making your child feel her art is important at the same time.

As a tribute to my daughter I used yarn and strung it up using tacks to hold the string to the wall.  I display Zailee's artwork on the yarn by attaching it with clothes pins.  I have four of these on various walls around the playroom.  I decided to use her artwork as decorations on the walls rather than buying other wall hangings or pictures.

Zailee is so proud of her displayed art work.  I also gave her an ultimatum.  I told her that once her strings were full she would have to retire a piece of art before she could put a new one up.  Then we either throw the old piece of art away, or I take a picture of several pieces at once and scrapbook the picture.  I also do scrapbook the more special projects that I just can't let go of.




Some other ideas are:

A digital photo frame- Take pictures of your favorite pieces of art or scan them into your computer.  Put them on a memory card, pop it into the frame and watch the slide show.

A scrapbook - A book of just your child's art.  It's a wonderful way to keep it all organized and dated and you and your family can look at it for years to come.  I would suggest being selective as to what you add though.  You could have 20 books otherwise.  If it gets to full you could have her choose some of her least favorites and replace them with new arrivals.

Place mats-  Glue his artwork onto pieces of colored construction paper or card stock and laminate them.

Useful Memories- Look online for sites that you could put his favorite artwork onto a calendar, mug, t-shirt, or mouse pad.  

A Shrine- I have a special shelf where I put things that are not hangable  up.  Like rock people, a drum, a kinky snake, etc.

The ideas are endless, so get creative, and do what works best for you and your child.  But remember, you don't have to keep EVERYTHING.  Picking and choosing yours and your child's favorites and then letting the others go is half of the battle.

Friday, June 4, 2010

TIME SAVING TIP OF THE WEEK

Childproofing.  Well this has been an interesting week.  No matter how organized I am I still seem to run into some kind of trouble.  Hatcher (my son) is the busiest two year old on the planet.  I don't think the word terror, or stinker, or naughty really comes close to the true explanation for his many exploits.

I have always avoided the typical child proofing devices, because I find them to be a total pain for me.  I've always had the theory that if you teach your children from the very beginning that getting into a drawer is a no no, that child will come to respect that.  

This theory worked amazingly well with my first child.  Zailee, my little girl, never got into anything that was off limits.  If she did, it was once, maybe twice, and when I disciplined her, she would never do it again.  She was the golden child.  She never really made  messes, except when eating or with toys.  (She still is a VERY messy eater)  And I never used any kind of baby proofing device with her.

My little man on the other hand, seems to think that he has free reign.  I have painted over more wall art than I can count, my pantry and fridge are never safe, and he is now trying to commit two year old suicide by running out of the house and down the street.  It wasn't pretty, me chasing after Hatcher in my P.J.'s on a Saturday morning!

After numerous attempts to implement my so called theory, I have finally given up and relented to the child proofing devices.  My device of choice?  Door knob grippers.  He can no longer open doors.  HA!  I finally win!  I can't believe what a change it's been.  The only downfall is that my five year old can no longer open the doors either.  This mostly poses a problem when she needs to use the bathroom or wants to play outside.  A little irritating, which proves my original point, in that they can also be a pain in my tush!  But overall, I'm happy with the results and my new advice to all mothers and future mothers out there would be this...use WHATEVER means necessary to simply your life.  Organizing goes beyond just making sure that a drawer looks neat inside.  It also means it stays that way.
Now go get organized!!