Monday, March 21, 2011

Color Coded Cups

I was getting extremely frustrated one day last Summer when I went to do dishes and realized there was about 15 cups on the counter. Each time one of my kids were thirsty they would grab a new cup. I would say "don't you have a cup out already?" and the response was always the same, "I don't know which cup is mine." This resulted in lots of dishes and multiple loads a day.

I fixed the problem. I went out and bought cheap plastic cups in different colors. I bought a few of each color and assigned each member of the house a specific color. This way they always know what cup is there's. They now use one cup a day and sometimes that same cup last a couple days.
And in case anyone forgets, I have posted a note on the outside of the cabinet.This post is linked to the Frugal Tuesday Tip. Stop over and see what other frugal ideas you can find.


  1. We did this when I was a kid at my aunt's house. She also wrote our names on the bottom with sharpie. :) We had color coded bowls and plates too.

  2. We do this and it makes our lives so much easier!

  3. I have thought about adding plates too.