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Works For Me Wednesday – Organizing Tip: Color Code, Color Code, Color Code…

September 2nd, 2009 · 15 Comments

I know I have been writing about chores for weeks now and popping them onto the Works For Me Wednesday Site. Works For Me Wednesday is a carnival where folk post heaps of tips each week. It is great fun and you will meet lots of bloggers there all posting the most amazing tips about absolutely everything: cleaning, organizing, cooking, whatever.

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Now the first Wednesday of the month there is always a theme, this month is Organizing Tips. I went back through my posts to see what I could post and well I have posted a lot of my organizing tips there already. So here is a quick and fresh tip, just for this weeks Works For Me Wednesday,

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Here is my tip of the week: Color Code, Color Code, Color Code…. we color code as much as we can, each kid has their favorite color – well I have two pink preferees, but one is shocking pink and the other is pale. So we have:

  • a purple child,
  • a blue child,
  • a shocking pink,
  • a yellow,
  • an orange or green if orange is not available,
  • a pale pink
  • and an as yet unannounced preference – usually gets whatever is left over at this stage!

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Se7en things we color code, there’s more! But these popped into my mind:

  1. Bath Towels
  2. Tooth Brushes
  3. Plates/Bowls
  4. Even Camping Cutlery (that they use daily for breakfast!)
  5. Water Bottles
  6. School Books
  7. Pencil Boxes

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And what is the point of living in a rainbow… apart from the fact that it is fun and lets all these little people have their favorite color goodies at all times, since they are all mad individuals!!!

It allows me to know, who has or hasn’t:

  1. Put their towel away.
  2. Cleaned their teeth – I can tell at a glance who owes the tooth mouse some money for not cleaning their teeth!
  3. Popped their dishes into the dishwasher.
  4. Put their cutlery into the dishwasher.
  5. Returned with their water-bottle after an outing.
  6. Packed away their school books, before we need the table for a meal.
  7. Put their stationary away.

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There are things I don’t color code, clothes and socks for instance but trust me I have a plan there too… that’s a whole ‘nother post!

Have a Good Day!

I popped this post onto the Works For Me Wednesday Site – go and have a look there for all sorts of tips on absolutely anything.

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lisa // Sep 2, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Love the colorful pictures and your blog header. :)

    This is a genius idea! I have three boys and can easily implement this as well. Thank you.

  • 2 Cilla // Sep 2, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Like this idea!!

  • 3 se7en // Sep 2, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Hi L, thank-you for visiting! We kind of defaulted into it, one kid at a time and now it’s the norm!!! Glad you like it!

  • 4 Emily @ Under$1000PerMonth // Sep 3, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I love this. My mom used to color code us, but my older brother always got my favorite color, and there were only three of us! Good work, allowing for duplicates in different shades.

  • 5 se7en // Sep 3, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Hi E, Glad you like it! Yeah shades of pink!!! Kind of essential in the world of girls!!! Have a nice day!

  • 6 Helen // Sep 4, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    I used to do that too! S was green and M was blue, and C red or pink. Somehow i think we eventually grew out of the need for it, but its such a great idea and works so well at a glance!

  • 7 se7en // Sep 4, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Hay H, Nice to hear from you! Yeah I imagine as the guys get older they should be able to keep track of their own stuff but right now while most of them are small I quite like being able to put a name to whoever has left their stuff lingering around! I hope you guys have a fabulous weekend!

  • 8 Julie K in Taiwan // Sep 6, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Great idea. I find it hard finding two of the same item in different colors, let alone seven! You must be a pro shopper. =)

  • 9 se7en // Sep 6, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Hi J, Nice to hear from you! I am no pro-shopper – I rely heavily on the father person… I think we are just aware that everyone has a favorite color and keep it top of our minds!!! Can you imagine se7en pencil cases the same – waha! Have a good week!

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