November 12, 2008

Preserving Art

I can't stand clutter. I do not have an appreciation for the little knickknacks that monopolize people's shelves (that must be so annoying for dusting). I'm sorry, but I don't see the charm in a spoon collection that hangs on your kitchen wall. I simply don't understand why people feel it's necessary to have so much stuff!

I have rules about these things. Take the refrigerator, for instance. It is completely unnecessary to adorn your appliances with 10 magnets advertising the phone numbers to your local fast food delivery. That's why we have the Internet (or at least the yellow pages). I like my refrigerator bare. The one exception I can make to this rule (because it serves a function) is a shopping list.

My mother likes to tease me about my future with children and the chaos they will cause in my organizationally obsessed life. For years, I've declared that my children's art work will not hang all over my house. I planned to have a specific location for said items in a hallways or someplace where it doesn't look messy. I know it makes me sound heartless, but I promise you that I'm not - I just can't stand the clutter.

Today, I learned of two fantastic ideas for such a dilemma (thank you Oprah and Peter!):

1. Remember that designated space I wanted for my children's' artwork? Peter Walsh agrees! He suggested a purchase of carpet tiles and double stick tape. He simply taped the tiles on the wall and used tacks to mount some of the work (and it can be easily changed as new art is created)! Check out this photo:

2. A wonderful way to preserve your child's artwork is to take a digital photo and create a photo memory book. Several photo websites offer such options at various price points. I don't know about you, but I would love a coffee table book of my children's artwork (if I had any).

See, Mom! There is plenty of room for organization - even in a home filled with children! :)


  1. Erin I love that idea about the book made of photos of the art projects. That's a great idea and one that I might have to do because while I wouldn't necessarily call it cluttered, I'm running out of room for art work, report cards, caught being good notes and other misc things that we just HAVE to save. Thanks for sharing the tips!

  2. Your comment probably gives my mother hope that someday I will come to see these "things" as treasures instead of clutter! :)

  3. oh, friend, my brother in law lives with us... and as much as i hate it on most days, he is part of our little family and deserves a stocking too.

    next year there'll be five.