While I was planning this series I asked a handful of my friends, if they had 30 minutes or less, what is it they’d like to organize, or would need help organizing. I heard different things from all of them but one common thread was the task of how to organize kids dishes, utensils, etc.
With kids, comes a lot of colorful, plastic dishware that I bet you’d never have in your house otherwise. 🙂 I’ve seen kitchens where it looks like the kid stuff is taking over and swallowing up any sort of “pretty” that the kitchen has to offer, which is why today I’m going to give you a handful of ideas for how to tame the madness and organize those darn kid dishes!
My youngest is almost 7, so we’ve grown out of the baby stage but I’ve still hung onto a few things for when we have younger friends, or family, over.
Plates are easy to stack, especially if you stick with one type, but cups are the thing that drive me nuts because they fall over so easily. I use plastic baskets from the Dollar Tree to keep our cups standing straight. It an inexpensive way to keep everything organized and if you have plastic silverware you can place them in one of the plastic cups, in the basket, to keep them organized as well.
Here are a few other great ideas I found online for how to organize kid dishes and utensils.
This “kiddy cabinet” is great because everything is stored in one cabinet, even the silverware, potty treats and vitamins (hidden in the striped box).
If you have a lower cabinet to dedicate to your kid’s dishes, I love this idea because the pictures show them where everything goes, which teaches them to put away their own dishes! I also love the idea of using a small utensil tray for the kids silverware.
This is also a super easy and inexpensive idea. I honestly never would have thought of this but it’s so genius and also easy enough for kids to be able to help out putting things away.
Now that you’ve seen how others organize their kids dishes and utensils, which method do you think will work in your home? I would love to see your before and after pictures so post them on Instagram and tag me @askannamoseley, or you can use the hashtag for this series – #organizedinlessthan30min. If you have any questions, specific to your kitchen and your kids dishes, please feel free to email me, I’d love to help you!
If you missed one of the posts in this series, here’s a list of what we’ve organized so far –