When trying to keep a family organized, color-coding belongings can sometimes be a clear and easy way to identify the owner of a particular item. For those who are more visual, as well as children who have not yet learned to read, giving each person a color is a simple way of maintaining organization.
For example, in my family, my color is blue, my husband’s is orange, and my daughter’s is green. Over the years, we’ve purchased many things in these three colors to easily identify who owns an item. This may not work for all families, but if each person has a favorite color and identifies with it, here are some places where color-coding can be used in your home.
Here are some examples of how you can use color-coding in your family’s lives:
- Use different color pens or dry erase markers on a family paper calendar or dry erase board calendar to indicate who is doing each activity.
- When writing a chore chart or a to-do list, use pens or markers in each person’s color.
- Buy luggage, backpacks and totes in that person’s chosen color.
- Color code wash cloths, hand towels, bath towels and beach towels.
- Choose water bottles and lunch bags in the selected colors.
- You can color code plastic bowls, cups and utensils for children.
- Color code toothbrushes.
- You can use colored sticker dots in a variety of places, such as on chore charts, toys or electronics, to determine who is responsible for the item.
- If your child really loves wearing this color, buy hats, gloves, and scarves in that hue to easily identify their winter clothing.
- In the summer, choose goggles or plastic sunglasses in this color.
- Choose laundry bags or baskets and organizational bins in the chosen color.
- Use colored duct tape to wrap around the handles of luggage to easily identify that person’s bag.