You know by now that water is really important for health, right? Of course, you need to make sure that it's filtered water, but the common thought on drinking water is that you should be drinking 8 glasses of water a day.
Remember my post on the Top 5 Tips for Healthy Eating? There was drinking clean water - right at the top. Note that I said "clean water."
Didn't know that tap water is full of a lot of stuff that I am sure you'd rather not be putting in your body? Well, this post is not for the timid, but check out Is Your Water Safe?
I try to keep myself and my family hydrated, but we quickly end up with glasses all over the place. And my kitchen is already cluttered enough without extra glasses all over the place (anyone else identifies with this? Please tell me I'm not the only one :-)). And in these super busy and financially tight times, who needs to spend extra time and money washing extra glasses because someone says, "I can't remember which glass was mine!"
And if you don't have a family, then when you have guests over, you can quickly have the same problem, right (and who wants to make a mistake of drinking out of the wrong glass during the flu season :-()?
Well, I have a simple DIY idea for you that will help you keep track of whose glass is whose and help you reduce clutter in the kitchen.
Think of this as DIY water glass "charms". While they're not as cute, they get the job done!
This tip gets credited to my one and one-half day helper. Due to my long struggle with adrenal fatigue / fibromyalgia symptoms, things have really piled up around the house here, so I've been getting some help weekly while I get caught up. And frankly, it's been helping me pay some attention to my blog that I wouldn't be able to do otherwise while juggling homeschooling, our whole foods lifestyle, and my special needs son.
Typically, my "helper" brings her own water bottle over, but one day we were sampling homemade sugar-free lemonade (you really need to check out that recipe!). We were trying to keep glasses straight and she said, "How about this idea?"
Just put a rubber band around each glass, with a different color for each person!
Well, I posted my little idea on Twitter in response to a blogger who said she couldn't keep glasses straight in her home either.
Her response was, "I don't have enough rubber bands for all the people in my family!"
So here are some ways to adapt this to make it work, no matter how many people you have in your home.
Save all the rubber bands you get (washing them first) from produce, mail, etc. That way, you end up with a lot of colors and thicknesses
Mix and match the bands so that some people are identified by combinations (e.g. oldest son's glass has a white and a blue band on it - youngest son's glass has two blue bands)
Use a Sharpie or other permanent marker to write initials on thicker rubber bands
Works well for me - and my youngest gets a kick out of having his own personalized glass ID band.
Maybe I need to patent this and start a new business :-).
Other Time and Money Saving Ideas Can Be Found here:
- Saving Time in the Kitchen with Measuring Tools
- Save Time and Money Cooking Pasta
- The Easiest Way to Peel Garlic
How about you? Do you have a simple kitchen organization tip to share?