I am linking up with KellysKorner today!! LOVE her blog. You can find her here.
Kelly asked bloggers to post some organizing tips. Here are some tips that enabled my toddlers and pre-schoolers to help in the kitchen.
Fifteen years ago, we were blessed with a new home. It has a large kitchen loaded with cabinets and counters. The house we moved from, had a tiny kitchen with no counters and just 2 cabinets. It was too small to have the children help me, although there was a lot of work to be done.
The two sweet moms who helped me organize my new kitchen gave me wonderful advice. They encouraged me to buy Corelle dishes because they are nice looking, but sturdy and rarely break. They then advised me to keep the dishes in a lower cabinet, so that even my 2 year old and 3 year old could empty the dishwasher and put the dishes away.
SUCH a great idea. They did exactly that! They also learned to set the table, and loved it!!
They also advised me to purchase fancy, reusable, plastic cups for the same reason, and keep them in a lower cabinet.
Silverware was also kept in a low place, (minus the knives).
I also created a place for sippy cups. I called it a ‘garage’, because I had 5 sons. I understand that sippy cups don’t leak, but I didn’t want them out of the kitchen. The ‘garage’ is actually a plastic placemat. I set it on a bench, and that is where all sippy cups are placed throughout the day. It was, and is, a wonderful solution to, “Where is my sippy cup????). Although my children are older now, I have not moved the dishes, and I still have the ‘garage’ for the 3 children that we babysit. It works so well!
I’d love to hear your ideas!