Welcome to day 4 of the 5 Day Hopscotch discussing Large Family Living
When you have a large family you have a lot of stuff and sometimes a big mess. At first I used to spend a lot of time trying to figure out what belonged to who and trying to get someone to put anything away. Then just as I was getting ready to give up and just start throwing all their stuff away as they left it out…<ahem…note to reader :this is not a very Godly reaction on my part, I recognize that 😉 …back to the story> … I found out about color coding my family. I’m not the first to talk about it and I ‘m sure I won’t be the last but just let me say this was my road back to sanity.
So I love this cartoon, because it is a perfect depiction of my life at the time.
Okay, so I still don’t understand why I resisted color coding my family for so long. Perhaps, it was because I felt like we couldn’t afford it.
We have been color coded for several years. Frankly, I love it.
What do I color code?
I color code as much as possible. Accordingly, now we are mostly color coded including:
- our school binders & folders
- school supplies (rulers, scissors etc…)
- co-op supply bags
- water bottles (Small bottles that go to co-op and on trips with us)
- Sports water bottles
- towels (I got a great deal at Anna’s Linens)
- wash cloths
Why Should you Color code
Because I told you so ***just kidding** here are the real reasons…
- You simply don’t have to waste another brain cell thinking about what color to get things in for your kids.
- You actually know who left whatever out and you can become more proactive in your parenting.
- Children become responsible for their items (regardless of how they got there) and they can no longer blame their siblings for their red cup that is still sitting on the table.
- You are able to identify children who have a pattern of not putting things away and proactively help them develop the ability to put things away. As well as encourage your children who do put their things away on a regular basis.
- You will save your sanity.
How to color code
There is no escaping the fact that your going to have to buy some or all of this stuff new. You can do it one trip to Wal-Mart or you can do it over nearly a year like I did. You can look at Thrift Stores and garage sales although it’s definitely more difficult to find it used. It is still possible to do so and save some money.
As your world becomes more colorful you will find that some (sorry not all) of the stress is relieved. So now it’s time to prepare for a colorful conquest of your home.
I’d love to know if anyone else has color coded their family and if so how is it going?
5 Days of Large Family Living
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