In a large household, there is a need to keep things as simple and organized as possible. One of the things we do to keep life running smoothly is to color code our children.
It actually started as a way to keep track of cups. I got so tired of washing 90 million cups a day simply because no one knew which cup was theirs. I decided if they each had a color, I would cut out at least one job on my to-do list.
From there, they got color coded for their school and chore lists. Beyond that, we try to color code as much as possible because it makes life so much easier. Here is a list of just a few of the things we have color coded by child in our household:
*van blankets: (we have 4 different colors of fleece blankets – courtesy of Ty’s mom. Each of the older kids has a c0lor all their own) They are not in the colors we use for their cups and school work, but they are all different so each child knows which is theirs.
*socks: one of the best inventions was when sock manufacturers decided to put distinguishing colors on each different size of sock! A mother’s dream come true! However, the color coding seems to be limited to girls socks. I would love it if they would do the same for the boys! For now, I just try to buy different brands so they look different.
*Flip-flops: Around here they are called “flippies” and whenever possible, I try to match to their color. Since flippies wear out rather quickly, I don’t worry about handing down the “wrong” color.
*Anything that needs their name written on it. This is especially helpful for those who can’t read (Although my boys have a 50% chance of being color blind since my dad was. So far, they all seem to see color just fine) I can write their name on something in their color and they know that particular item is theirs.
I know some people who color code their children’s bath towels. Others color code their children’s plates. Some even go so far as to color code their children’s entire wardrobe. So, what do you color code?