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                                             7 Easy Ideas for Organizing Kids Artwork
                                                                 By Maria Gracia



  7 Easy Ideas for Organizing Kids Artwork
 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.

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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.




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                                           TEACHING CHILDREN TO ORGANIZE
                                                            By Monica Ricci



TEACHING CHILDREN TO ORGANIZE by Monica Ricci


Teaching Children To Organize

Organizing is something that many people are born with, yet those who aren?t need not despair.
Organizing is a LEARNED SKILL and one that kids and adults alike can pick up at any time. Here are
some ways to organize a kid?s room, and teach the principles of organizing at the same time.

OLD FRIENDS
If the child has a lot of stuffed animals that he/she has outgrown?but just isn?t ready to part with
yet?use a HAMMOCK or a net that hangs way up in the corner of the ceiling. The toys can be put up
there and they can still be seen but they are out of the way.

SETTING UP CATEGORIES
Kids can organize their toys by category (cars and trucks together, dolls together, specific types of
games together, etc) in big bins or baskets. If the child can read, LABEL the bins to help them
remember which bins are for which category. LIDS are usually too much for kids to deal with, so get
containers without lids, or store the lids elsewhere for when the kids aren?t using the bins anymore.

GET IN THE ZONE
Set up ?zones? in the room for DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES?art & craft zone, reading zone, puzzle zone,
and a large play area to play with blocks and whatnot. Get the appropriate TOOLS for each zone, such
tables for the child to work at in the art and craft zone, shelves for puzzles and games in that zone, and
a comfy chair and a bookshelf in the reading zone.

GO UP
Because kids need a good amount of floor space to play in, use the WALL SPACE for storage.
Hanging sturdy shelves or wall bins at a height that can be reached by the kids, clear plastic wall
pockets, or stacked milk crates work well for kids to do their own organizing. Container Store is great
for shelves if you have one in your area. Their Elfa shelving system is totally ADJUSTABLE, so when
the kids grow taller, just snap out the shelves, and snap them in higher up on the tracks! It?s the only
shelving system I use with my clients, and I love it.

A HOME FOR EVERYTHING
Teach kids the benefit of CONTAINERIZING items by category or by the activity that required?for
example, things you build, things you read, things to draw with/on, or toys with wheels. Teach them
how organizing makes their things easier to find. So much of what we call clutter is just stuff that has
no home, and even kids can ASSIGN homes to all their stuff and be taught how to put things away
when they?re finished.

DRESSING IN A SNAP
For kids clothing, install shelving in their closets that they can reach and use lots of hooks and
HANGING SPACE. If kids clothes are in a folded pile or in a drawer, they are more likely to just wear


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what?s on top, rather than looking through the pile, so hang as much as possible.

DISPLAYING THEIR ARTWORK
Hang a clothesline along one wall of the child?s room, a few feet down from ceiling level, and use
CLOTHESPINS to display artwork that kids bring home from school. Once it?s been displayed, if the
child can?t part with it, use clear UNDERBED containers for longer-term storage.

Kids can be taught organizing concepts and tactics, which will serve them well through school and into
their adult years. And who knows?with their creative little minds working, you might learn something
new about organizing from them!




 Monica Ricci has been an organizing specialist since 1999, and her motivational presentations teach
effective organizing and simplifying techniques for home and work. She also offers free email tips and
ideas on how to make life simpler and more organized. Her topics include clutter control, paper
management, time management, organizing space and procrastination.Contact Monica at
770-569-2642 or Monica@CatalystOrganizing.com.




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