Ever have your kitchen counter look like this in the afternoon?
Mine does. But I have an idea to help solve the problem of dirty drinking glasses.
Don’t buy sets
I was once shopping with my mother in a thrift store. They had a nice display of several sets of drinking glasses. My mom walked up just as I was selecting one glass from each set. “Why don’t you buy a set so they all match?” she asked. Well, if all my glasses are different, then when someone gets a drink they notice they have the blue one, or the one with the straight sides, or the bubbly one. When they want a second drink, they are not (hopefully) reaching for a new glass because they remember which one they had the first time. That is why I don’t buy sets.
When my four oldest children were small, I had a set of Tupperware tumblers. They came in red, green, blue, and yellow. I assigned each child a color and that is the only cup they used. This system was great because it spilled over to other areas of the house, too. They had the same color towels, toothbrushes, backpacks, etc.
We have tile floors in the kitchen. If something drops, guaranteed it will shatter into a bazillion pieces. Therefore, we go through frequent periods of no drinking glasses. During those times, we use the canning jars. When one gets a drink in a canning jar, he puts a rubber band around it to identify which one is his. We also use this method when someone is sick. Some of us have been known to be lazy enough to just drink after another family member rather than pouring our own drink. If we see a rubber band around a glass, that is our warning to not help ourselves.
What about you? Have you any tried and true methods to prevent the drinking glasses from piling up? Please share it with us.