Organizing Kids Artwork – Keeping You Organized 273

[Music] coming up on today’s show the secret is just to have a system in place for how you’re gonna move the art from A to B to C to D some with like family photos to where people will have like a staircase and going up the staircase they’ve got you know their kids from 1 year old all the way up to college or whatever it when the artwork comes in we need to triage it so what I suggest is you know your trowel comes home they have their bag or their backpack you take it out and in that moment organizing kids artwork today on keeping you organized [Music] hello welcome to keeping you organized today we are gonna get a little organizing project what we should on a show like this don’t you think putting together some good plans for organizing kids artwork and we’re gonna bring on Shana Turner the Shana method calm Shauna welcome back to keep well it’s always fun having you because you have great and you know before you’re featured a lot you know on our blogger roundup by show and we always kind of kid you about you the the artwork that you use now some of those pictures are not yours right that’s true not all the pictures are from me personally some of them are stock images but some of them are our actual Shana method photos okay good well we were just trying to clarify that on a few shows the one that we had on a recent show or the the gum sticking at the bottom of the shoe that was probably was a stock I but that was a real interesting photo I think it was when you were talking about getting stuck right totally yeah that was a stock photo yes that was great anyway well we’re going to talk about artwork today but we’re talking you know it’s kind of that season of back-to-school you know kids have been in school for a few weeks and I guess the artworks starting to roll in now because art is part of a lot of kids programs so how do we want to navigate this organizing kids artwork that seems like kind of a big project it’s a big project especially if you have children who are preschool and kind of early elementary years those are sort of the hot and heavy years for artwork and the secret is just to have a system in place for how you’re going to move the art from A to B to C to D because if you don’t it tends to end up getting stacked and piled or shoved on the fridge and which should be fun and pleasant and happy ends up being sort of a hassle okay well someone who has a business called the Shana method I bet we have an artwork method or system that you’re gonna recommend to us so what’s the first piece we have to consider so the first thing that I recommend parents do is establish a gallery an art gallery inside your house and that is to decide where are we going to hang whatever children’s artwork comes in maybe it’s going to be in your mudroom on the wall of the mudroom maybe it’s a wall in your kitchen a wall in the playroom sometimes a good place is the wall that leads down to the basement where the children play just decide where it’s gonna live so that it doesn’t end up everywhere but that we have a designated spot you know that’s great cuz in organizing it’s you know the phrase we hear all the time as everything has a place same with artwork right the gallery is the place the gallery is the place it provides a natural boundary so that you don’t overstuff and you don’t get overrun with the artwork right I I’ve seen all kinds of this done some with like family photos too where people will have like a staircase and going up the staircase they’ve got you know their kids from 1 year old all the way up to college or whatever and and so I know what we’re talking about is more the artwork that gets created but that idea of having a space is really good yeah the staircase is another great example you know if you walk by it all the day all day long you’ll enjoy looking at those photos so that’s a great place so we just need to establish a place ok great so let’s say we have the gallery in place what’s next so the next thing we have to decide is hmm how are we gonna hang up the artwork in the gallery there are lots of different choices for this if you want to go super simple I recommend that people just use painters tape and that can come in different colors if your children are into that because the painters tape it is sticky enough to hold the artwork and it won’t damage your walls so that’s sort of the this is the most simple solution right yeah and then some of that I can you get the painters tape or stuff like that that’s double-sided or we just take a piece and like flip it over and kind of put it on the back are you saying just do it on the outside edges of it I would do it on the outside edges our goal is to really hang it up there and if we cut colored painters tape it kind of becomes part of the design of the area the look okay I got it yeah yep you can put it right on the top and it will also peel off the artwork and not damage the artwork as well so it’s kind of a double win oh that’s a great idea good and then you know there are more sophisticated ways you can go you can hang a string or maybe a couple of wires there are products now at IKEA and Target you can get them on Amazon on that do this so you hang a wire and then you just use little clips to hang up the artwork right so maybe a touch more work in the beginning to install the wires or the strings but very easy to use in the moment because it’s super easy to clip artwork on and off to a wire and you know you go on Pinterest to and find out all kinds of creative way use me creative ways to hang stuff and I know on this show before I’ve talked about we have that picture frame that you just you stick it right in there right that’s a neat frame there some of those will hold up to 50 pieces of art and they open from the front and today you can even get like a 3-pack with three different sizes so you literally open the door and it’s spring-loaded you just put the piece in it catches on the corners and then close the door so that’s another nice option awesome now I’m thinking if you hang a stuff up with the painters tape you probably don’t have that little plaque below that you know has the name of the artwork and the date this is just something more functional right it’s very functional but what you’re talking about is really part of our next step well let’s move on to the next step done right so step three is when the artwork comes in we need to triage it so what I suggest is you know your child comes home they have their bag or their backpack you take it out and in that moment talk to your child say tell me about this tell me what it is or describe what it’s about and that’s your chance to sort of capture what they say on the back especially if you have a little one so they come home and say this is mommy and her party dress you could sort of jot that down on the back because you know five years ten years down the road you won’t remember that that was a picture of mommy and her party dress but if you captured her in the moment then you’ll remember and if she has a title or he has a title for the piece you can kind of jot that down on the back too I’m thinking I don’t know why I’m thinking this but it sounds like a little Instagram video moment you could you could just even video of that they come in you say hey tell me about this piece of work and they start telling the story you could do it that way for electronic version but so do you actually write on the artwork are you saying maybe take a piece of painters tape or something and put it on the back so you can just write on the back you could also write it on the painters tape and put it beneath like that plaque idea that you were just talking about and as you just mentioned this can also be a great moment if you are into sort of digitizing you can take a picture of every piece that comes in and so there are apps like art kind a RT ki ve and another app that I like is called keep e ke e py and both of these apps allow you to use your smartphone to take a picture upload it to their app and you can assign it to a child so if you have three kids you can set up three kids and their grade you can quickly type in a description or a title for the piece and he P even allows you to audio record the child talking about the piece which is kind of neat yeah and it all starts are those pain accounts are those free apps they’re free to sign up and get started and then if you want to make something out of what you’ve collected then there’s a price for that got it great well listen we’re gonna take a quick break here when we come back I wanna I want to get more into that we’re just getting into the it’s coming in the door we’re kind of learning about it but there’s so much more I know – you know the posting in the gallery and like what we do with it afterwards so let’s talk about that in a moment we’re with Shauna Turner talking about how to organize kids artwork and we’ll be right back new solutions for your desktop from my organized life fall is a time for a change in colors and now you can brighten up your desktop with organizing products from my organized life colorful fresh invigorating give your desktop a new look with new desktop solutions from my organize dot light that’s my organized dot L IFE I organized life we’re back now and keeping you organized talking about organizing kids artwork it’s a task this time of year and for really the whole school year where things are coming in the door by droves depending on the age of the kid but we’ve got Shana Turner from the Shana method comm and Shana so we’re just kind of at that stage when we took the break where we’ve come in we’ve kind of got the triage going kind of find out from the kid what does this all about maybe write it on the back maybe even use some of those apps you mentioned but is there anything else in the triage area that we need to talk about so just remember you don’t have to hang up everything right some you want to hang up the stuff that they seem excited about so they might come home or three or four pieces of art and some of it maybe is just something they scribbled on that they don’t care that much or they don’t want to talk about they’re not interested in but another piece they might really want to talk to you about like maybe they made a self-portrait and they want to tell you all about that those are the ones that we want to prioritize to be putting into the gallery right yeah and I’m thinking now you’re playing the role of curator in the gallery so let’s just say you decide not to use one piece of art but you maybe want to keep it what are we supposed to do with that right so part of the system is to have a place that’s super easy to access for the art that we’re gonna keep okay whether it makes it to the gallery or doesn’t make it to the gallery we want to have a storage place and I like to have a place for each child in the family so that’s important we don’t want to mix all the kids together because that’s just a hassle later and the other thing is it needs to be easy to access so this is not the box that’s going up in the Attic stacked underneath three other boxes this is a place that you can easily sort of just open toss done right give me an example like maybe from a client you’ve worked with where you’d put that and like what size what are we talking containers here or what so it can be a variety of places if you have little ones they often come in with these sort of newsprint sized pieces of paper so it needs to be pretty big especially preschoolers and I’ve done plastic bins sometimes a plastic low-profile plastic band the large ones can slide under a bed or even under maybe a piece of furniture in your dining room someplace that you can just tuck it away and another good solution is if you have maybe a dresser or a hutch you could designate one drawer for each child or a drawer and drawers in a mudroom that’s another thing you can do so again the idea is it should be on the first floor close to where the kids walk in if possible enough that you can have one designated space for each child Wow okay well this role of curator is getting kind of heavy here because what happens if you have a full house you’ve got a gallery that’s full how do you decide like when the showing is over and when the new showing goes up so it’s the same principle we talked about for everything you own and that is when one comes in one has to go out so let’s say your child comes in you they bring in three pieces of artwork one of the three seems to be kind of getting them excited they’re enjoying talking about it that’s the one that’s going to go into the gallery so we take it over with the child and we hang it up and we take one of the pieces out of the gallery so we don’t want the gallery to become flooded we never want to layer in the gallery we don’t want one thing taped over another right we never see that in a museum so it’s got to be kind of one in one out okay and then what do you do with those pieces that you take out I mean is that probably another step here we’re looking at so that gets back to what we were just talking about which is those pieces are probably going to go into our designated container so the drawer the low-profile box under the bed or under the dresser you can also do something simple like take two pieces of poster board large poster board and just use painters tape or duct tape along three edges and make like a giant portfolio for the artwork and something like that can you know slip behind any large piece of furniture you can just grab it toss it in slip it back in right now what I would imagine is by the time they’re into high school this is going to be a pretty big portfolio of stuff is there anything in your system that kind of takes into consideration oh you know it might be time for that one to be archived or some kind of thing like that a hundred percent no high schooler wants you to hand them 12 boxes of their artwork take with them to college or their first apartment so the key is curating is such a great word because we want to find a way to keep the best right so what I suggest is when you’re getting to the end of the school year and you can either involve your child if they’re old enough or interested or if they’re not you can do it yourself and you want to dump out that container whether it was the box the drawer the folder whatever the file folder whatever you set up you want to take everything out and you want to group like pieces together so maybe all the giant pieces of newsprint with big swaths of paint go together and maybe all the rainbow pictures that they drew go together what you sometimes see with kids is that they kind of click on to something for a given school year and they might do multiple paintings or drawings of this very same thing and so I can say wow you did you know 24 rainbow pictures this year but I’m only going to keep the rainbow picture that was the best right and the rest of the 20 the other 23 can go into the recycle bin okay that seems reasonable to me yeah and the other thing you want to remember when you’re sorting this is you don’t want to keep anything that has been made with food because that attracts bugs so if it has leaves your pasta or something like that we don’t want to we don’t want to keep that okay you know I have you ever thought or I ever had anyone who really liked maybe there’s one piece they really really really like and maybe it’s you know it’s on a piece of paper take it like a digital print and then maybe make it into one of those canvas oil prints have you ever heard of it and make it into more of a permanent piece totally so what I suggest is first of all if they have a three-dimensional piece like they made something out of clay if that’s really special to them that might can maybe can go to their room as a piece of decor on the dresser or on a shelf and probably the next year as when they’re a whole year older that’s gonna feel a long time ago for them they may not want that anymore but if they really want to keep it in its three-dimensional maybe think about putting it in their room if it’s super special piece and the whole family was like wow this is pretty amazing maybe you want to either digitize it and print it as a picture that you frame that becomes sort of a more permanent thing not in the gallery this might be somewhere else where the only thing I really love is maybe to take all of those images so if you’ve done the photographing and used the app when they walked in the door you’re kind of already like 80% of the way there but even if you didn’t you can just say let me do the sort let me pick out the pieces we like the best now I’m going to take photographs of those and make them into photo books so I have a little show-and-tell I sometimes suggest that you make something like this maybe one for preschool and one for elementary oh that is really cool so you have a permanent kind of it’s not really a scrapbook it’s an actual art book right it’s an actual art book and this is so easy for a young adult to take as opposed to a big bin of artwork that they probably want one and what you can do when you use these apps which is so nice is you can you can title them and you can even write down here’s the title that she gave it or you have an opportunity to place some of the things that the child said about it so that you know they can look back on it in the future and say oh I kind of remember that now you know so two little books takes you know 7 8 9 years worth of artwork and it’s a great way that they can have it their whole lives so which just to clarify which app or which program or website do you use to produce those books so if you start it out with um with an archive or a TV you can go right through the app you can just go back to the pictures you took there say I like this one this one this one this one this one make a book so that’s super easy but you could also just take pictures on your iPhone and put them upload them from to a site like a Shutterfly and make a book they’re awesome this is fantastic now are there any other tips before we wrap up here on this whole system is do we cover everything thing else thing I would say is that when you’re considering what art week to art work to keep remember that kind of less is more on this when you’re doing the end of the year sort and think about keeping the pieces that reflect your child so if it is a piece of artwork they made with a bunch of shapes that the teacher cut out that probably can go that probably won’t mean as much to you if it’s just scribbles on a coloring page that won’t mean as much to you but if it is something that your child sort of revealed him or herself through and gave a little window into what your child was like in that year at that moment those are the pieces that are really worth saving right oh that’s that’s fantastic so it’s kind of a version of a scrapbook but it’s an art book I really like that concept and I think that’s a great way to organize kids artwork well Shana let’s take just a moment here to tell people about the kinds of services you offer and how people can get a hold of you so I work in primarily residential and small business organizing for time space and belongings I also offered virtual organizing services for time management if anybody’s interested in that and people can find me on my website at do one of those books for her so oh I think she would love it and lucky you you’re gonna have some beautiful art for your walls that would be great oh that’s awesome all right well Shana thank you so much will I’m sure have you a back and we’ll we’ll probably hear about you on blogger roundup again to some time on a Friday on Facebook I love our relationship thank you so much you guys great well there you have it folks now you know how to organize that kids artwork that’s coming in the doors this time of year and ultimately creating your own book you can be a published artist what it what a deal that is and then just remember to come back next time here on keeping you organized [Music]

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