How To Organise Art Work and Memorabili a Amanda Lecaude, Organising You It has probably already started and your children are bringing home artwork from school or kindergarten. You might already have a pile of it from recent times or over many years. What do you do with it? Do you have a system for dealing with it or do you just let it pile up? Recently as I was organising and putting away some of my own children’s art work and memorabilia, it occurred to me that many people are not really sure what to do with it all. Many of my clients often struggle with this same issue and I have assisted them by setting up systems for keeping those items that they like the best. I use the term ‘best’ as if you have children like mine you could not possibly keep every drawing, painting and art creation they made – it would take over! Here are 4 tips to organising artwork and memorabilia that usually work for my clients and my own family: Making a decision When it comes to items like school work, reports, certificates and art work the decision making process can be often difficult. In a perfect world you would love to keep it all but storage is an issue for most of us and you would end up with boxes and boxes over the years of a child’s school life! Also be aware that there is a real trend in recent times of children becoming adults and not wanting items or things that parents have held onto for years to give them.
You will need to decide what you wish to keep, display or dispose of. Sometimes you will be able to do this by yourself but often children like to be involved during this decision making process. Good luck! Storage and display Ideally you need to have one spot where you store and keep it all together. This could be in a file, box, tub or folio. I often recommend to my clients that they have a large labelled plastic tub for each child that can be stored up in a cupboard, attic or even in a garage space. This tub is then the central place for storing each child’s school life memorabilia along with other memorabilia items from activities including sports. When it comes to artwork you might already have a display wall or shelf where you keep items and rotate them over time. If you don’t you might be able to find a space for this. I usually recommend one place so that it doesn’t end up spreading over the entire house. I also suggest you keep the pieces that you or your child are really proud of and dispose of the rest. If you are uneasy at disposing of any of these you could take photos beforehand to keep so that children can look at them from time to time. I know my son has often asked me to take photos of lego creations and art work he has made at school as he knew he couldn’t keep them forever. Another idea that friends of mine have used is to create a photo book of their child’s artwork over the years. I like this approach and can’t help but think about how little space it takes up too!
Published on May 5, 2015
Published on May 5, 2015
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