How to Organize a Large Family, Part 1 Color Coding your Large Family

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Welcome to day 4 of the 5 Day Hopscotch discussing Large Family Living

On Monday & Tuesday we discussed Large Family Homeschooling and on Wednesday I let you in on the secrets of feeding a Large Family. Today we are moving into a little bit of organization.

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:

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Inside our bathtub

 

  • 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
  • combs
  • cups
  • 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…

  1. You simply don’t have to waste another brain cell thinking about what color to get things in for your kids.
  2. You actually know who left whatever out and you can become more proactive in your parenting.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. You will save your sanity.
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Our bathroom wall
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?

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

9 thoughts on “How to Organize a Large Family, Part 1 Color Coding your Large Family

  1. Well this just makes total sense. I have two children and I’m thinking I should colour code even with them!!

    Thanks so much for sharing and for linking this post up to the #SHINEbloghop!

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

  2. Followed you over here from the Shine blog hop. That’s an interesting idea, I also have 5 but I haven’t thought about color coding things around our house. I’ll have to think more about how that system would affect different areas of our lives. My kids share drinking cups, towels, and so on and we don’t have too much trouble with that.

    The trouble I have is telling whose clothes are whose! My kids pass down outgrown clothing to the next sibling in line, so when I find a pair of socks or a shirt or whatever, I can’t remember who I last saw in them! I’ve heard of moms using the dot system (1 dot with a Sharpie on the tag for the first child, add a dot if it goes to child #2, etc) but so many things are tagless now that it doesn’t really work.

    1. That’s a great idea for a post Jenny! We do not share like that because that is one way illness is passed around (cups). We have one kiddo has been to the hospital 5x due to asthma that is made worse through illness. Plus it’s so difficult when all the kids end up sick versus one or two. But I will definitely put clothing on my list for big family solutions. Blessings, Kyle

  3. I color coded when my big kids were little! Other things that I color coded were swim towels and flip flops. After trips to the pool, all of Not Me’s towels and pool shoes would end up scattered about instead of in the laundry room and shoe bucket. After color coding, I could see turquoise flip flops and a yellow towel and yell, “Annaliese! Come get your shoes! Eli! Pick up your towel!”

    We color coded back packs for homeschool co op, pencils for school, and I *still* use colored folders for the random things I keep for each child (medical papers, standardized test results, Mother’s Day cards, cute stories, etc).

    1. Love love love it! We actually do most of that stuff too. It’s funny it is so integrated into our lives that I forget about the depths to which I have taken it!
      I agree the mystery has been solved we know who 😀

  4. I have been doing this for years. Also, when family buys stuff for my girls, they know what color to get which one. You don’t have to go with typical colors. I have 3 girls. My oldest is pink, middle loves blue, and the little one loves green. I know blue and green are not normally girl colors, but they are for my family.

  5. HA! I loved that, why color code? Because I told you so… I needed that laugh!
    This is a great idea for keeping everyone organized.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

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