Why Color Code?

Food storage by color that makes sure we don’t forget anyone’s lunch as we are heading out for an adventure!

Life with a big family can be chaotic. I don’t do well with chaos. I love spontaneity but can’t handle random. So the most important organizational tool in our house is color coding. It happens that out of a family of 7, we have only one favorite color overlap between my son and I. Everyone else has a unique favorite color. Everything that belongs to that person but looks like everyone else’s gets to be that color. School supply boxes, chore chart markings, calendar items, even the dishes for the kids are in their color. The dishes are especially helpful because I can tell at a glance who has left their dishes out and only have to call that one child. Their colors also help me mark our progress in our school records and calendars for quick reference.

I know many kids change favorite colors more often than they change their socks, but we went with the color they showed preference for as toddlers. It is like their name now. It doesn’t have to be their very favorite of all times for all time, but it is theirs nonetheless. Even the little siblings knew who it belongs to well before they knew the color names.

Automating as many pieces of our routines as possible frees up space in my brain for more important things and helps me make sure we aren’t missing things we need to do.

Published by K. Dunckhorst

As I was growing up, I never pictured myself as a stay-at-home mom. Thankfully, God had other plans. I am now the mother of an amazing handful of kids, most of whom were born at home as well! I am learning how to be purposeful with my time at home, and I hope to encourage others who are also seeking a purposeful home life.

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