We have a couple dozen assorted cups and glasses, enough to fill an entire shelf. Plenty for our entire family, and then some. All too often, though, I would reach into the cabinet for a water glass . . . and find none. At the same time, the dishwasher was constantly overflowing with used cups and glasses. Something had to change!
I know some families who use a lot of disposable cups to reduce the amount of dirty dishes, but that isn’t practical for a larger family. I opted instead to label a set of Tupperware cups with a Sharpie marker, so that each child has his own cup. I have no idea why it took me so long to think of this!
Now each child can be responsible for his own cup–putting it back on the counter after meal-time, making sure it is rinsed when necessary, keeping it in its proper place. Of course, all the cups need to go through the dishwasher regularly; I like to aim for washing them once each day.
I have noticed that, on some of the smoother surfaces of newer cups, the marker tends to wash off. That isn’t a huge problem–just keep that Sharpie handy in a kitchen drawer!
How do you keep cups and glasses from disappearing?
I’m sharing my solution at LFO @ Raising Arrows and Works for Me Wednesday.