How I got here
Recently, I reorganized my kids dishes. My kids are always VERY specific as to what plate, cup, bowl, etc., they want for each meal. I was done with all the demands and whining, especially before 8am. I wanted to do something to eliminate that. So I ended up moving all my kids plates, bowls, and cups to a bottom cabinet. This way they can pick out what they want for each specific meal. It helps eliminate some of the whining, but most importantly, it creates some independence for them. It’s something small that kids can own.
Now, from these pictures I am sure you are thinking that this does not look organized. I agree, it does not look super neat. But with all the different assortments and designs of each dish, it’s pretty impossible. I also designed this for the kids to use. I wanted it to be easy for them to find what they are looking for and something that would be quick for me to put away as well. I didn’t want to spend time stacking and organizing dishes every time they needed to be put away.
The Organizing System
Before I went shopping I already had made space in the cabinet, so I knew how much room I was working with. To create this space for my kid dishes, I went to the good old Dollar Tree to get different bins to hold everything. I bought different sizes and 1 set of stackable bins that would create a nice place for everything. I organized the plates by stacking them vertical. It makes it easy for the kids to see what plate they want and also easy for me to put away. The stackable bins are used for cups and their covers. I put the snack cups in the back corner since they don’t get used as much as the other dishes do.
We have been using this system for about 6 months now and it has been great! It is a great independent chore for your toddler and it is quick and easy for me. Let me know if this works at your house.