I have been frustrated by a couple of things since our oldest became a toddler in regards to kid cups, plates, bowls, straws, sippy cups, et. al. And the frustration will multiply in about a month (another toddling soon), if I don’t do something about it.
1. Why do none, and I mean none of the cups that say spill-proof or leak-proof, actually follow-up on that promise? Is there not a standard in regards to false advertizing being violated here?
2. What do I do with all this JUNK? We moved into our house long before we brought kids home and I set up my kitchen to hold what my husband and I needed. I didn’t realize I would need what amounts to a whole shelving system in my kitchen just for kids.
I do realize there is almost nothing I can do about frustration #1, but I can work on a system for frustration #2. I have just been putting it off for some time.
Well, as I started Tackling Tasks this month, I put this on my list of things to do. And I suddenly had the opportunity to tackle it due to a LONG conversation (ahem…on-hold-music listening party) with a service provider this weekend. So, I took the opportunity to wash dishes, put away dishes and tackle this little project:
I re-purposed a picnic caddy (sort-of) and made it a place for cups, lids, utensils, and plates. Then I placed it on the counter for easy access. We have still more cups so, I placed them on either side of the caddy. This provides a very easy way for any body who is in the house watching after the kids to find cups, straws, forks, spoons, and plates. And since these are items that get a lot of use, they are easy to put away. I can just pick up the caddy and bring it over to the dishwasher, load it up, and set it back in its place.
I am very happy with this little project and am happy to have all the toddler accoutrement in the same place and organized!