A Simple Idea That Makes Life A Little Easier

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As a busy mom, I’m always looking for ideas to cut down on the amount of work that it takes to keep the house going. One of the things that frustrates me to no end is that now that my kids are are out of the baby/toddler stages and no longer have sippy cups or bottles, we are just using the regular glasses out of our cupboard for everyone. Back in the days when everyone was little and I was packing diaper bags, everyone had their specific and “special” cups. But over the last few years, I’ve noticed that the glasses were inevitably ALL being used on a daily basis. The kids would grab a glass for water and then either put it in the sink or rinse it and set it on the counter. But with no way to clearly identify who’s cup was who’s, they would just grab another out of the cupboard the next time they would want a glass of water or something else to drink.

Yes, I tried buying a different cup for each person or even using water bottles with different colored lids. The water bottles would get left at school, on desk tops or would mysteriously disappear. Bottom line, I needed a better system. After some brain storming, I realized we had several of the stretchy, plastic bracelets from various causes, that were no longer being worn. I gathered them up, set them on the counter top and announced that each day, everyone could pick their band, put it around their glass and then use that same glass for the rest of the day.

Each evening I remove the bands, put the glasses into the dishwasher and smile at the fact that I’m washing 7 glasses instead of 24!

It really is the little things.

Doing the Dance of the Children~

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  1. Comment by Sheila:

    What an EXCELLENT idea! We have exactly the same problem here (and the same number of people), and have tried quite a few things, but not this one. I could see this working–thanks!

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