Do you have an extra person living in your house? The one that does all the things? We have someone in our house named “Not Me”. There’s a little trick to make “Not Me” move out once and for all : Color Coding.
Color Coding: Where to start
This can be a fun activity that the whole family can be involved with and enjoy! First, everyone gets to pick their own color. Be sure to stay with primary colors. This is important for buying items to use in your color coding. If someone chooses lavender, this could be difficult to find. Try to stick with green, blue, orange, yellow, red, etc.
Now that you have your colors assigned, start a list of items that everyone uses. Here is a start:
- Laundry bag
- Cups, bowls
- Towels, wash cloths
- Tooth brush
- Hair brush
- Marker for planning/schedule
- Toy basket
- Art supply bin
- Ear Buds
You can click on each item to find some great ideas!
Putting Color Coding in Place
Now that you have colors assigned and your items, how do you get your family on board? Children will love having something that is just theirs. Once they understand the concept, they will help keep their siblings in line and even you!
Be clear with all members of the family how color coding will work. Everyone will be responsible for their own colored items. Be sure to have enough of each item. For example, 3-4 bowls, cups, 3-4 towels, etc. This will allow time for washing dirty items.
You can even use color stickers to label things such as toys, book, games, etc. This is especially helpful if children both have the same toy or item. Stickers can also mark places, bins, etc.
Color Code Beyond
Color coding can be used to organize school work, schedules, chores. My favorite way to use colors is during Christmas. Only in this situation, you pick completely different colors and the family members do not know whose color is whose. It certainly drives children crazy! Then, at the bottom of their stocking, each person will find their assigned sticker and will know which gifts are theirs! Super fun surprise for Christmas morning!
Benefits of Color Coding
Why should you color code your family? It will help make life so much easier! Just using colors for each family member will help hold each person accountable for their own things. They will have to take responsiblity for their color and their items.
It will help reduce laundry and dishes. Yep, suddenly children will realize they CAN use a towel more than once. They might even learn to rinse their cup out and use it again! Miracles do happen!
Color coding on the family schedule will help tremendously. You will be able to look at a glance and know who has something and when.
Now that you know the how, what and why, are you ready to conquer color coding? What will be YOUR color?