Organizing Your Mini’s Masterpieces

Is your little Vincent van Gogh’s artwork taking over your home? I’m going to guess, YES…

Well, you’re in luck! Here are some solutions to get that “collection” under control.

Shea Christine Photography for Palm Beach Lately

How to Edit Art

How do you decide what to keep and what to toss?

First, let’s talk about setting some terms. Make a decision about how often you will edit your child’s artwork. This has a lot to do with your child’s age and how much artwork they create. Will you edit once a month, every other month or at the end of the school semester? Whatever you decide, don’t forget to set a recurring reminder in your calendar to get it done.

Next, determine how many pieces you will keep during each editing session. Keep in mind how much space you have for storage. I recommend keeping no more than three. Look at it this way, if you’re saving three pieces every two months, that’s 18 pieces of artwork per year for your child.

Now that you have the terms set, you’re ready to edit. So you know where to start, keep a bin (or tray) in a convenient place to save art as it’s created. If you have more than one child, use multiple bins and label with each child’s name.

After the period of time you determined, go through the art. Depending on your child’s age and interest, your child can pick their favorites to keep, based on the number you determined.

How to Store Art

To store art, as well as other keepsakes, for the long term the Bigso Stockholm Storage Boxes from The Container Store are the way to go. We used the blush in Palm Beach Lately’s play room. The boxes come in many colors making them a perfect option in any space. Don’t forget to label the back of the art and boxes with your child’s name and year.

Shea Christine Photography for Palm Beach Lately

Four Fun Ways to Repurpose Art

For any pieces you can’t bear to toss, consider reusing the art in some creative ways. Consider these four ideas:

1. Make art into a book. There are two ways to do this. One I love it Artkive. They send you a box, you fill it with art, and then they mail you the book. Another option is to take photos of the art and use a service like Artifact Uprising to create a book.

2. Try to DIY. Turn the art into wrapping paper, cards and bookmarks for family and friends’ birthdays and other special holidays.

3. Frame art to display. It’s like a little gallery in your home. One of our favorite frames holds up to 50 pieces so you can change the art on a regular basis.

4. Mail art to family and friends. For the pieces you mail, don’t forget to put your child’s name, age, and the date on the back. If your child is old enough, ask them to include a title for the art. That’s sure to create a few laughs for you along the way!

Tell US! How do you organize your children’s art?