When things are organized it seems easier to tackle whatever the days throw at us just knowing that everything has a rightful spot. There is no better time than spring to go through and organize our belongings to hopefully achieve a sense of calm when the chaos has been controlled!
Organizing is such a big topic and there are so many wonderful ways to achieve an organized space. We’ll be dedicating the next few posts to different ideas that will help you de-clutter in our “Think outside of the frame” series that started with our segment on Breakfast Television.
First up is children’s artwork. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or teacher, you have likely received masterpieces from a special little someone. What do you do with all of the artwork? Often they are put in bins as a way to organize the many pieces of art, but then the bins become cumbersome and overwhelming!
Our job has always been to take challenges and find solutions by thinking outside of the box or rather “outside of the frame.” Children’s artwork is hard to throw out. So many memories are intertwined in their little stick figure drawings! So don’t toss them - find new ways to organize them.
Our advice is to get the artwork out of the bins and up on the walls. Yes I know you would fill several walls, if not all of the walls, in your home if everything went up, but that’s not what we’re suggesting (unless of course that’s what you want!). Instead we’re going to show you a practical and beautiful way to keep all of those paintings and drawings in one place, within one frame.
To start, gather your most meaningful art pieces and place them in a large envelope or folder. I like to separate them by year or child depending on space, needs, preference and art supply. Then choose one current or an extra loved work that will be showcased.
We crafted a large frame with a drop-bottom mat design for a super stylish look. Our intent was not only to find a way to organize children’s artwork but as well to have them hang in your home in a beautiful way that compliments your décor and style. Children’s artwork no longer has to stay in the kitchen or playroom, but with a polished look can hang in a dining room or living room.
Your artwork of choice looks good enough for a gallery within the frame design and the folder with the remaining art pieces gets stored behind the featured artwork in the frame!
Moreover we added different mat options to accommodate a horizontal and vertical scape as your child’s creativity switches from portrait to landscape that sit behind the main piece as well.
These were built with the understanding that there is always a constant influx of children’s artwork so we wanted it to be easy to add artwork to your folder or change out your showcased piece. All you have to do is pop open the tabs holding the back of the frame down to access everything you need.
We like to use good old painters tape, nothing glamorous, to hold down your child’s featured art because it doesn’t rip the mat or artwork as you change and update the pieces. Plus you can find it just about everywhere and at a reasonable price.
I just love how a group of these look! Don’t you?