We all know that feeling. Our child proudly hands us a painting, sculpture, contraption, drawing or piece of schoolwork that they have made in school.
After our initial feeling of pride, then comes the inevitable question: “Where the heck do I put this?” For most of us, the answers are usually: on the refrigerator or bulletin board, in a frame, tucked away in a closet, bag, box or bin, and yes, some less momentous items even go in the (shhh!) trash. We know that these stashes of art can quickly create a nagging quandary as we are not really sure where they are, or what to do with them. However, we do not want to throw them away.
Here are our four easy tips for displaying, managing and organizing your young artists’ creations!
1) When your child brings home art/work, we recommend you keep it for five days. We have had so many clients tell us: “Now that I have done a book. I wish I hadn’t thrown some of the stuff out.” You may still get rid of it, but give it a little time to be absolutely certain.
2) Immediately label, on the back and in pencil, each piece with his/her name, the date, and the school year.
3) Create a 2-tiered system for display and storage: For art that you wish to display, we love using the fridge, but also consider these wonderful Lil Davinci Frames that look great and can hold multiple pieces that can be rotated! We have a number of clients who use and love them.
For the art to be stored, consider using one of the below options, carefully labeled with the year and child’s name:
– plastic bins: we like Sterilite clear bins so you can see what is inside. The only drawback is that oversize pieces may need to be folded inside. These are easily stackable in an attic, basement or closet.
– portfolio cases: consider this Alex portfolio case, or any other simple one will do:
– Ziploc Big bags: these can easily be labeled with a sharpie pen and tucked in a closet for easy storage.
4) At the end of each year, review the art/schoolwork/photos that you’ve saved and decide how you want to handle it. You can either keep it stored for a year or two, call us to make a Jumbo Dog art book, or simply keep a few treasured pieces.
Regardless, try not to let your precious memories pile up too high, or become unwieldy! You (and your children!) will some day appreciate your art – and your organized approach.