Artwork, book reports and spelling tests all contribute to the clutter that typically lives in each child's room or is stuck to the fridge with magnets. You can create customized clipboards that give the school papers a simple and tidy place to reside.

When you think about spring cleaning, buckets, dusters and vacuums usually come to mind.

But I would like to suggest a different approach. Pull out your paint markers, rubber stamps and stickers to create fashionable clipboards that are the best clutter busters ever.

If you have school-age kids, they probably bring home papers every single day. Artwork, book reports and spelling tests all contribute to the clutter that typically lives in each child's room or is stuck to the fridge with magnets. You can create customized clipboards that give the school papers a simple and tidy place to reside.

Clipboards are available at office-supply stores in a variety of sizes and a range of materials, including clear acrylic, pressboard and colored vinyl. None of these are pricey, but the cheapest option is the pressboard clipboard, and its natural color just screams to be decorated.

I like to cover the pressboard with an assortment of patterned papers, but I avoid covering the top fourth of the board. That eliminates the need to cut around the metal clip.

The craft color looks good with the addition of handmade polka dots created with a white paint pen. Colored paper can be embellished with rubber stamps to create completely customized background paper that fastens easily to the pressboard with any craft adhesive.

I like to personalize each clipboard with the child's name, which can be accomplished with rub-on letters, rubber stamps or stickers, just to name a few of the easier options. If your kids are not old enough to read their name, you can always label the boards with their photos.

Decorating each clipboard is simple enough that even your youngest kids will enjoy participating in the creative process, and the metal clip has a hole that makes it perfect for hanging.

So the next time your kids come bursting through the door with a fist full of school papers, you'll be ready to display them with customized clipboards.

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Contact Sandi Genovese at sgenovese1@cox.net.