Kids are prolific artists! The painting, the gluing, the drawing! It's wonderful to see our child engrossed in making art, but perhaps it's not so wonderful to see the dining room table covered with glitter glue.
There is a solution. Whether it's a table in the corner of the kitchen or a whole room, let them have a space to unleash their creativity.
Gather & Purge. The first step is to gather all the art supplies in one place and purge, purge, purge! Keep what they need and take the rest to SCRAP.
Get the Essentials. You don't need much to create an art area. I suggest a table, a few chairs, pen/pencil holders, and a place to hold supplies like paper, coloring books and stickers. Get some inspiration from my Kid Art Areas Pinterest board.
Create a Gallery. Kids love to see their work displayed! The fridge is fine, but two of my favorite ways of displaying art is on a clothesline and in hinged frames. Have fun making art together!
Much of what I do as an organizer is help people to part with the things that they no longer love, need or want. Many people view these things as trash, but not me. Keeping things out of the landfill and moving them on to their new home, is one of the foundations of my business.
This core principle is also applied... to my kitchen! Composting is nature's original form of recycling. San Francisco has had curbside composting for over 15 years and at some point it becomes second nature.
A few years ago I decided to take my home composting up a notch and purchased a Worm Factory 360. The Worm Factory is a compact, super-easy vermicomposting bin. Yes worms! It still thrills me that I can toss a bunch of wilted greens, veggie scraps, egg crates and coffee grounds in and a few months those little guys have turned it all into rich organic fertilizer for my plants. Trash into treasure!
Think how much we could keep out of the landfill if every city had curbside composting? If you want to learn more check out the Global Compost Project web site.
Erin Becker is the owner of PICK IT UP, a