Don’t get me wrong I love the kids’ stuff. My partner’s study is a veritable gallery of their productivity. And I have boxes labeled ‘Kids Best Art’ in the attic. We have panoramas, pottery, papier mache and paintings. I have had to cull as if we’d kept everything that all four had ever made, we’d never be able to fight our way into the house. One trick is to use the paintings as wrapping paper - but even that isn't fool proof as they insist "that's mine!" and take it back after the gift is unwrapped...
But how long do they need to be in a prominent position?
I got home from Tasmania last weekend to discover the small fry had gone to much trouble to put artistic signs on the bedroom doors – just in case we all forget where we belong at night time. Which might sound silly, but as you mothers will attest, there are nights that resemble musical beds and one could wonder if people actually do know where they belong.
But I take pride in attempting to keep our bedroom a haven in our ‘maison d’chaos’. Even that one space is a constant battle as my partner redefines messy. If we were married, I could divorce him on account of this alone! (I’ve posted before that I’m a bit anal, and yet, the house is rarely tidy…. go figure.) We’ve even managed to have only one painting in the room, which is remarkable – trust me. We love art and now have to show restraint we’re so short on wall space.
So, the kids’ art. I’d love to hear how you manage it all.