Thursday, February 11, 2010

A few tips to keep things running smoothly

We all need/want to be more organized, but having 3 boys has definately made it more of a MUST. They are always fighting over what color cup or whatever they want. Surely thats a big deal in your home?!  Last year we decided to assign a color to each kiddo. J- gets blue, T- orange, and B- green. That way, when we get a drink they know which cup is always theirs (they use one cup a day and just wash it out and set it on the counter). The same goes for toothbrushes and towels. If a towel is left on the floor, we know who needs to pick it up.  We have used this system for so many little things, pencils, pencil boxes for school, beach towels, and the colors for each person we use on calenders. It makes things so much easier when we all know everyone's color. (Sometimes we can't find something in orange, then we use yellow, but most of the time it works out really well)

Another thing we have been trying to do is fill a fruit bowl everyday with what they can snack on. Some days its all fruit, some days its has some almonds, tortilla chips, or muffins in it too. We also keep one in the fridge for things that we want cold, like carrots, cucumber, strawberries, broccoli, salsa,  & hummus. This is it. When they want a snack they know to look in the two bowls available and pick a nice healthy snack.  I also let them have a cup of chocolate milk or a smoothie with breakfast and then I fill up their own water bottles (or sippy for B) with water and they drink from it throughout the day to make sure they get their water in. They ususally drink it up because they want tea with lunch and dinner. I could only find the same Buzzlightyear water bottles at TJMaxx, so I bought two and put a silly monkey sticker (in their color) on top. Simple as that!


Kara said...

I love this idea! I like how you carried it from the kitchen into other things like their bath towels. I could see this being helpful at my house with library bags and laundry baskets, too.

Great tips! Thanks for sharing :-)

For the Love of Naps - Sarah said...

Cute ideas. Love the snack bowls...might have to try that this week!

Cute blog!

Ang said...

Found you via Simple Kids - as mama to two little boys I can see this as a huge benefit!

Can't wait to do this with them!

Kara said...

Kara here - back to let you know that I linked this post up on Simple Kids as one of my favorites from the week.

Best wishes!

Anonymous said...

Awesome idea! I have a preteen & and a preschooler! This is great, especially for someone like me who is a school teacher!! I love COLOR!!! BTW- came by via The Creative Mama. She is linking o up today! Great job!

The Lady of the House said...

Great ideas! I love how you made it work with the stickers!

TanuvasaCasa said...

I love it! My mom did this with the 6 of us and it was WONDERFUL. Being the youngest girl, I automatically got pink, so of course it worked for me! Now with 5 little ones of my own, I think it's time to re-visit the system.


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