You know that crafty and coordinated Mom, whose home is thoughtfully and creatively decorated for each holiday? No, that’s not me. Every once in a while, I feel the urge to make it me but then other priorities win out and my hot glue gun takes a back seat for another year.
“Maybe this Christmas will be different,” I say to myself, as I scroll through Pinterest’s carefully curated photos of domestic bliss.
And, if it is to be different this year, here are five easy crafts that even I think I could manage:
Recently, my parents came to Oakville to visit. That means it’s that time of the year when I order copious amounts of Ikea furniture in the hopes my Dad will put it all together for me. My Dad is a perfectionist so I prefer his handiwork to my husband’s (sorry, Paul).
Over the past year and a half that we have owned our 1960s home, we have done a lot of work to it, including undertaking some large renovations, but my son’s room has remained untouched. At age 5, he had outgrown the “kiddie” furniture still in his room and it was time to reorganize the space to improve its functionality.
Back in February my Dad had helped me turn our guest room closet into an office nook, and I knew a closet desk would work just as well in my son’s room. His closet was becoming a dumping ground for miscellaneous items, so turning it into a desk area makes much better use of the space.
I wish I had some “before” pictures of my son’s room but I can tell you his room is 100% more functional after turning his closet into a desk area and adding more storage along the wall.
I’m so pleased with the result.
Thanks to my parents for all the planning, building, reorganizing and errand running they did while on their “vacation”. You brought my vision to life and I am so thankful!
Now if only I could solve the storage problems in my own room…
If you have a child in daycare or school, or you are just one of those super awesome Martha Stewart-type moms that does cool art projects with your kids all the time, you may have amassed a large amount of children’s artwork by now.
I toss most of Reid and Ramona’s art. I can’t stand clutter and, though it feels wrong to liken my beautiful children’s creative projects to “added clutter”, I don’t know where to put it all without making our small house feel even smaller.
I’ve resorted to editing voraciously. I have a small bin and, if it’s something I want to keep, I’ll slip it into the bin. But even my bin feels like a looming project. Like, am I just going to keep these pieces of paper in there forever?
I came across this article the other day that suggested using an app called Artkive to help with this problem. I think this is such a great idea. Sometimes snapping a picture of your children’s art is not going to replace the real thing, but it does serve of the purpose of saving the picture and having a visual of how your child has progressed.
Have you tried Artkive? What do you do with your kid’s art?