If you missed any days of 40 days to home organization, you can start here!
Sippy cups, plastic cups, take & toss cups, sports bottles… they really seem to multiply in a home full of kids (or disappear, as some of my friends have said)! Organizing kids cups can be a challenge. Our house has a LOT of cups and here is how I keep them under control.
If a cup does not have the matching lid, it needs to be tossed. If you have cups that you do not use (ex: the free plastic cups from restaurants that are now faded and mis-shaped from the dish washer), toss them, too.
When you have your best cups left, find a way to organize them. I do not like to have mine out of the kid’s reach because then I have to be the one in charge of getting them every drink, so… hidden behind our lower kitchen cabinet…
I have “cup” baskets:
Basket 1- plastic cups and sippy cups (any cup with a lid) (You could separate this into two baskets: cups with lids and cups without lids)
Basket 2- water bottles If they can get the cups, they can handle getting a drink themselves. Even our two year old gets himself water and if he wants milk, he finds a cup with the matching lid and brings it to me. I am no longer in charge of this. I couldn’t tell you how long I used to spend getting drinks for our kids. Plus, I am trying to raise responsible kids to be responsible adults (taking care of themselves one day!).
Here are the baskets that we keep ‘hidden’ behind the cabinet:
Unloading the dishwasher is a breeze with this, too- just throw them into the basket (I bring the basket over to the dishwasher or the kids will do this (see my post on age-appropriate chores) & just throw them in. It is very easy and works great, since we go through a lot of cups!) I used to do the “one cup a day” thing, but I hated seeing their cup sitting on the counter all day long. Maybe I’ll try it again some time in the future, but for now, we just have the use their cup & put it right into the dishwasher when it is empty.
Back to the basket… it really works and it is easy to put into action. Remember- the more that we simplify things for our kids, the easier it will be for them to keep up with what we are asking. On the same page- the easier it is for them, the easier it is for us! In this stage of my life, with four kids ages 6 & under, I am always looking to keep things simple & organized!
How do you organize your cups?