Since my kids entered pre-school, I have accumulated a lot of “art”– everything from paintings to doodles to glue projects. I have framed some and hung them on our walls.
But since we acquired an easel at home, the artwork has gotten a little out of control. My children love to paint, and their work has hung quadruple stacked from the windows in our sunroom/playroom for months. Last week I decided I wanted to do something with them. I am always inspired by www.kindnessgirl.com.
So I called my friend who works at a local Ronald McDonald House and asked if he could use them. I realize they are not worth money — (although from what I saw in the Modern Museum of Art in New York last month, they might be.)
I told him the paintings could be used as either pictures on the wall or cards for children in the hospital. After all, I have a daughter, and her common themes are rainbows and hearts. Her paintings are very happy, and I hoped they could make someone’s day.
To my delight, my friend says he wants them! He has a new wing getting built that needs art! So off they go. And I have decluttered the sunroom…for now. Double win.
Are you inundated with your children’s art? I often turn my kids’ work into birthday cards. It saves money and gets some of it out of the house. Want to donate your child’s art? Turn paintings into “Get-Well” cards for patients and call your local children’s hospital, nursing home or local children’s charity. The pictures will not only go to a good cause, but also, you can clear out your house a bit.