A Time Saving Kitchen Tip for Drinking Glasses

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Water Glasses

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?”

Blue Rubberband Water Glasses

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

rubberband water glasses


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)

rubberband water glasses

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:

How about you?  Do you have a simple kitchen organization tip to share?

 

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98 Comments

  1. I can sooo relate, when my grand kids are over, glasses everywhere! I, too, have fibro and I have been flaring since Thanksgiving! So for me, it’s really hard to keep washing glass after glass. Thanks for sharing that idea. Gonna use it! 8^)

  2. I can sooo relate, when my grand kids are over, glasses everywhere! I, too, have fibro and I have been flaring since Thanksgiving! So for me, it’s really hard to keep washing glass after glass. Thanks for sharing that idea. Gonna use it! 8^)

    1. Hello Pattie. Thanks for sharing! Have you happened to see my posts on adrenal fatigue? I am doing soooo much better. You may wish to check out Theresa Vernon’s website and give her a call. She says that fibromyalgia is almost always linked to aluminum toxicity. There just might be real hope for you as well. Take care! Glad to have helped!

    1. No, I would think that the ink would come off on your hands as well….and the ink smell is pretty loaded with chemicals too. I am really sensitive and I feel horrible around those. Thanks for stopping by, Jaime, and for your encouragement!

  3. I just thought of another idea. To take it a step further I would start the day with 8 rubber bands and remove one each time I drank a glass of water. With my diet I am supposed to drink 8 glasses and this would help me keep track of it. Thanks for the post……..it helped me in a round about way!! lol

    1. Nice idea, Rhonda! I have really been struggling with my boys to get them to drink enough – what a great tip! Maybe another post is in order :-).

  4. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This is a cute idea — my father used to do this! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit RealFoodForager.com on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

  5. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This is a cute idea — my father used to do this! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit RealFoodForager.com on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

  6. This is a great idea. What do you do with the rubber bands at the end of the day? I have visions of rogue rubberbands floating all over my house.

    1. I’ve just put them back in my rubber band jar that’s in my cabinet – then I can reuse them as necessary. Thanks for the compliment!

  7. Hi Adrienne! Your idea is brilliant…and much more inexpensive than these, though they are very cute:

    (link removed by blog owner since the site / post was removed).

    I gain nothing at all by putting this link here, just thought you’d be interested/amused!

    1. How funny, Jamie! I guess I should make mine cuter and sell them off my site :-). By the way, I checked out your blog – did you see that I used to live in Japan?

  8. Good idea! I also use wide rubber bands to label glass jars in the refrigerator. Yogurt or broth or leftovers are easily identified from the side. You can write on the bands with pencil or ballpoint and they can be reused.

  9. We do the same thing — even with just the two of us! Learned it from my mom. Just gotta remember to occasionally *wash* the glasses. 😉

    1. Very funny, Denise! I don’t wash them daily either. Dishes- yes. Glasses – when they are clearly dirty and when the dishwasher is otherwise needing to be run :-).

  10. I love tips like this! So easy, so logical! There are only two of us using real glasses around here (since the toddler uses a sippy cup) but we have this problem too! And we don’t have a dishwasher so anything to cut down on number of dishes is a huge help. You know how many dishes the real food lifestyle generates!

  11. I love tips like this! So easy, so logical! There are only two of us using real glasses around here (since the toddler uses a sippy cup) but we have this problem too! And we don’t have a dishwasher so anything to cut down on number of dishes is a huge help. You know how many dishes the real food lifestyle generates!

    1. Yes, Joanna. I know what you mean about the dishes! My kitchen is sooooo busy. And cluttered! Every little bit helps!

  12. We use Silly Bands, the shaped bracelet craze that was so last year! The kids have them in 20 different colors. Rubber band colors are more limited. I like that they can go through the dishwasher, too! We don’t use plastic cups at all. The kids use 4 or 8 ounce Mason jars, adults use the 16 ounce jars.

  13. Our Family of 5 each has a different glass. We went to the thrift store and everybody choose a glass they liked. It’s fun to see our various glasses sitting on the counter to be used again.

  14. This is a great idea. We have a large family and have struggled with the glass problem. Our answer has been to leave them at each person’s spot at the table. But that gets confusing too, since we do a lot of school at the table. The glasses inevitably get moved. The rubber bands seems doable.

  15. That’s actually a really brilliant idea. We don’t have to worry about this too terribly much since my oldest drinks out of plastic cups and my youngest has a sippy. But it’s amazing how much my wife and I get our glasses mixed up when there are only two of us. A lot of it comes from the fact that I like to reuse glasses. If I got a completely new glass every time I had a glass of water, we’d have to do about 2 extra loads of dishes a day! 🙂
    I’ll have to give this a shot!

    1. Glad to have helped! And if you don’t mind a kind thought – you might want to check to at least make sure that the plastic cups & sippy don’t have BPA. I’ll be doing a giveaway in Jan hopefully of a co that sells great non plastic stuff for adults and kiddos!