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.

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