*It’s not really crap, honest. Just “art.”
I know I’m not the only mom with this problem: too much art, too many crafts, too many watercolor paintings hung around the house. And the accompanying problem: too many craft items (pom-poms, markers, crayons, colored pencils, stickers, stamps, construction paper, coloring books, paints, brushes). And don’t even get me started on the toys!
What the heck do I do with it all?!
Arts and crafts everywhere!!!!
Even without Baby’s art yet, it really is accumulating quickly. Toddler is bringing home crafts almost every day she goes to preschool, we do drawings and assorted crafts almost every day (some are pretty neat, like our themed alphabet, and are permanently hung on a wall), and she likes to generally take things (toys, empty gift bags, books, whatever) and make “set-ups.”
(I do like the art displays above: her first watercolors/finger paints and our themed letter alphabet we’re working on weekly.)
For Toddler, a “set-up” means something. To me, it’s just an organized mess.
These toys! We don’t even have a lot by others’ standards, but it does seem to fill the house up. Their rooms, the ottoman in the living room, the open shelf in the TV stand, and once-empty corners everywhere.
Does it seem to anyone else that there is just too much stuff around?! I try to keep a pretty minimalized home (ha! failure…), but I still find it becomes cluttered and messy every turn I take. We rotate toys in and out of storage, too!
Maybe this is just the reality of parenthood. Is it? Or is the reality of modern parenthood? Do we just have too much stuff? Do have any strategies to deal with the toys and things?
And what, for the love of God, do you do with your little ones’ arts and crafts? Right now they’re full of memories, but how much can we save?!