Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Simplifying the Number of Dirty Drink Glasses


My kids were getting a fresh clean drinking glass EACH and EVERY time they wanted something to drink which around here is usually just water.
They would come in from outside, grab a glass, get a sip of water, and throw the glass in the sink. So by dinner time, I had about 15 glasses in the dishwasher and no glasses in the cupboard.

Then we tried using only one glass all day lon
g, but the kids could not remember whose was whose. . . and I did not even try. And many times they could not even remember where they set their glass down. So by dinner time, we were hunting for glasses, trying to figure out whose was whose, and taking way too long getting the table set.


The Duggars have 19 kids and this is how they handle the drinks in their home:

Yes, I have the Duggars book. Am I crazy for looking to a family with 19 kids for organization and simplifying strategies? Let me know if you want to borrow my book.

We Soutters only have 4 kids with a 5th on the way home from Ethiopia and this is how we handle the drinks in our home:

These are kept in the fridge when not in use. Each kid knows their color. I even do too. Only water goes in these bottles. We can take these with us which is especially helpful when we do get invited over to others homes. . save our host time filling up 6 extra glasses of water. And we can use these at meal times and in between, here at the house. No more using a clean glass for one sip of water. We now only use glasses for the occasional milk or Gaterade or Mom's coke.

I am striving for simplicity. Are you?? Tell me what do you do at your home?? Tell me. . do you do something similar with drinking cups? Or tell me something else that keeps your home organized and stress free.


  1. I so need to do this! I have a friend who took it one step further. Each person in the family has a set color of plate, bowl and cup - and each person is responsible for washing their own set by hand after a meal. That way she only has to run the dishwasher after dinner, instead of twice a day.

  2. I have five kids under the age of 8, so we do something similar at our house. Each child gets the same color cup every day (I have several of each color) and they use it for the entire day or we'd have cups everywhere too! I usually only have to run the dishwasher every other day. I like your water bottle idea though and may try to implement that.

  3. Love it! Where did you get those bottles?
    ~Amy Crawford

  4. Amy-

    I got the Camelback water bottles at Omega Sports in North Hills. I love these water bottles because they do not leak. . and you can by replacement valves and straws for them. And they are the ok plastic to drink from and put in the dishwasher. They are pricey at $12.99 but for water bottles that do not leak, that is worth it for me. Plus Omega Sports about every 2 months or so, they offer a buy one, get one 50% off sale (on almost everything in their store) so I bought my water bottles then. So that makes 2 bottles costing 19.50 or each bottle only being 8.25 which is not too bad for what you are getting.

  5. We are a family of five kids also and have always "color coded" things at our house too! Anything from glasses to bath towels and everything in between. It really works nicely and now that our kids are starting to grow up and move out they are always looking for "their" cups and/or towels when they come home to visit!


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