At the first of the year, I decided enough was enough with the stuff. I decided to slowly get rid of lots of unnecessary “things.” Let me clarify, I am not a minimalist and will never be a minimalist. But, I was so tired of cleaning up the same things over and over again. I can never seem to stay on top of the clutter. If you are a mom, I’m sure you can relate. Minimalism just might be the key.
I decided to start with drinking glasses. Why did we get rid of almost all of our drinking glasses? I noticed that once the Yeti phase of our lives started, my husband and I never used the other drinking glasses. I mean who doesn’t love hot coffee and ice that won’t melt? But, the kids were another story. Since they were old enough to reach a drawer in the kitchen, I’d place all of their plastic cups in the drawer for them to be able to get their own drinks. Before that, the drawer was filled with sippy cups. This process seemed to work, but it had its faults.
The main issue was they couldn’t seem to grasp the concept of ONE cup per day per person. And, I wasn’t good at enforcing this rule. So, at the end of the day, my counter would be full of plastic cups to load into the dishwasher.. So, I decided to get rid of them all. (I saved a few to-go cups, but that’s it.) I was going to buy these yeti-like cups for the kids. But, it hit me that the point of all of this was to have LESS and not buy MORE.
I found these Pioneer Woman jar glasses that I had received at a gift exchange that worked perfectly. Plus, I already had them. Win!
You can use any mason jars actually. The great thing about using mason jars is if one breaks, they are easy and inexpensive to replace. And, you may already have some on-hand!
Next, I needed a way to identify each child’s cup. Mabel’s Labels sent me these cute labels of theirs to review. They are actually on sale this month! They are dishwasher safe which makes them even better! I choose the solid colored labels with our last name. They came in 3 colors within one package, so each child has their own colored label for their cup. I could have ordered a set for each child, but again, living simply is the goal!
They store them in the fridge most of the time…. Off the counters! We wash dishes in the dishwasher often, but they are super easy to wash in the sink if necessary. The counter clutter is gone! This one simple change has made a huge difference is our lives. What can you get rid of today?
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