organizing kids artwork & papers . . .


Liz Jenkins


My daughter is prolific when it comes to creating artwork and I’ve designed her room to reflect that. I talk to my clients about creating zones in a kids bedroom or playroom to play upon their personalities and what they truly like to do (not what you THINK they should do). So her room has a large desk with bins for crayons, markers, scissors, rulers, paper, etc. Everything is accessible and easy to put away – one of the key principles of keeping a kids room orderly. But she produces an amazing amount of artwork – mostly drawings and stories with drawings. All of it was going either in a bin in her room or in my file drawer. But she wanted to be able to go back and find things or admire what she did and the wall gallery wasn’t cutting it.

So here’s what we did:
I needed to go to Staples to pick up some things for a client and she came along. She picked out a blue 1 1/2″ 3 ring binder, and I got a package of 250 clear plastic sheet protectors. She created the front cover insert (it’s dogs dancing in tutus in case you can’t tell – outlined in glitter). She made the labels with my label maker which we put on the front and on the side. This now stands on her desk and she can insert new stuff whenever she wants. We did discuss that this binder isn’t to hold every single thing she ever makes, but that it is for the really good stuff – the pieces that she creates that are really great (in her eyes). Fun project, inexpensive (under $20), and it’s all hers.