Doing everything for your children will do nothing but teach them bad habits. Doing this will lead to a lack of respect for their belongings. This stems from a childhood where personal possessions were treated as easily replaceable or other people picked up after you.
When organizing your kids room, have them help. Let make a game of the organizing projects. Reward them with a treat after the organizing project. By doing this your child will have accountability when it comes to the area they helped to organize.
As a mom I know this will take much longer then just doing the project yourself, but just remember teaching our children these good habits will follow them into adulthood!
How to organize kids artwork
Tips and ideas
It is much easier to deal with your kids artwork when it is created then to try to deal with it later. By dealing with it when it is created you can label some of it, or otherwise document which child drew or colored it, or made the craft project, when they did it, and how old they were when they did it.
When it comes to artwork kids don't create just one or two masterpieces. Instead, they make/create LOTS of stuff. Some will be amazing works of art and some will not be.
But to be realistic you just cannot keep everything they will ever make. There is just not enough room. So you have got to toss or declutter their artwork at one time or another. Again this is much easier to do as you go along then to try to do it all years later, when you have tons to go through.
Tips and ideas
Take photos of the artwork:
I like to take a photo of my child holding the artwork. This will preserve the artwork and the age at which the child created it. This will work great if you have several children. By taking the photo also make your child feel proud. For a 3 dimensional or large piece of artwork, take a video of your child showcasing the item.
After taking the photos I like to add them to a digital frame. That way your child will feel honored with each passing frame, just like they feel when you hang their artwork on the refrigerator.
Memory box for artwork:
We know we cannot save every piece of paper our child comes home with. A great idea is to create a memory box for their artwork. This will keep you to a limited set space, so you will be more likely to only keep your favorite. You can create a memory box for each grade or for a set amount of years. For example creating a memory box every five years will save a lot of space rather than one for each grade.
Shadow box for artwork:
Of all the tips and ideas this is my favorite. A shadowbox is a beautiful way to display your child's artwork, instead of using your refrigerator. Shadowboxes come in different shapes, sizes and colors. Pick one that suits your style and your homes style. Pick a nice central location to hang the shadowbox. Depending on the artwork, the shadowbox can hold about 50 pieces of artwork. Doing this will give the artwork a clean framed look that you will love and your child will feel honored by.
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My name is Barbara and I'm a professional organizer in Fort Myers, FL who is ready to help you tackle your unorganized areas and develop systems that will work with, not against, you and your family's lifestyle to help keep it that way!