a project for the clutter haters among us

Having magnets and photos and assorted crap hanging on my refrigerator is against my religion. Seriously, it is. Unfortunately it seems to be one of the tenets of the religion my children practice. Along with tossing their wrappers on the floor, painting the bathroom mirror with toothpaste, and a diet purely of carbohydrates.

Something about random things stuck on the refrigerator feels so cluttery and messy to me. I realize I am in the minority here. And let me say, that it doesn’t bother me at your house, just my own.

Cinderella paints

I got some photo mattes, inexpensive ones. I happened to have these already in some picture frames I wasn’t using. I think you can buy these at a store like Walmart for about $1.

Superman paints

I got out some craft paints and sponges and the children dabbed on the paint.

Painting photo mattes

Once it was dry I added stick on magnets to the back side of the frames.


I originally put the magnets like this, thinking they would also hold the photos or drawings in the frames. But I discovered that the magnets worked better when I put a long strip on top and a long strip on the bottom.


Now the artwork and photos on the refrigerator look like art. More finished, like they were put there on purpose, not stuck up on there because we had run out of room in the junk drawer.

the refrigerator

I did these in pink and reds for valentine’s Day. We planned on sending some to the grandparents.

I think I am going to have the kids do some more, and put their names on their own matte. That way they have a specific place to display a prized drawing or photograph, other than taping it to a wall, which likewise drives me nuts.

12 Responses to “a project for the clutter haters among us”

  1. Sara Says:

    Ahhh. The clutter phobe/control freak in me loves this!! I have my kids artwork as wallpaper in my miniscule laundry room, but they always want to put some on the fridge. I will be doing this posthaste!!

  2. Lisa Says:

    This is quite possibly the best idea I’ve ever heard!

  3. Liz in Australia Says:

    That’s utterly brilliant! Thank you.

  4. Merry Says:

    I just saw that on Flickr and thought it was very clever indeed :) if only i had a fridge big enough (or children that produce art worth framing!)

  5. Julie Says:

    Beautiful. Incidentally, the photos of your kids that are on your fridge are stunning. I love the one of all 7 heads in a circle!

  6. Julie Says:

    Great idea! I hate having stuff on my refrigerator at all. But I have a nice stash of left over mats and the kids would have a blast painting them.

  7. Heather Says:

    I AM TOTALLY doing that with the kids!!! That is GREAT! you are brilliant - I bow down to the uber homeschool mama!!

  8. Tracy Says:

    Adorable! These would make everything look a little neater and the kids proud of not only the art work, but the frame that it is in!
    What a great idea!

  9. khristalee Says:

    i love how your daughter looks like she’s always dressed like a disney princess!

  10. jody Says:

    What a great project! You are clever, chic!

    I have a stainless fridge, so magnets won’t stick to it. So, I think I will get some 8X10 mattes and frames, let each kiddo make one, and put their latest artwork in it and hang it on the wall along the top of my kitchen cabinets. I can just change out the drawing as they make new ones.

    Thanks for al the great ideas this month.

  11. Christina Says:

    This is a great idea! I am always looking for ways to tackle the clutter control issue, especially when it bleeds into common areas in the house.

  12. bob Says: