Color Code Your Kids

pink and blue bowls, orange bowl, cereal bowls, cheerios left over, kids favorite colors, parenting tips I color code my kids.

After having enough of counter tops full of glasses, I got everyone a unique, special glass that identified them. Each day, each kid would (ideally) use only one glass. All we really drink is water and it has helped limit that full-top, un-full bottom dishwasher issue.

Then, I kept coming to the kitchen finding half eaten bowls of cereal, I was throwing away so much every day, but it wasn’t always the same kid leaving it behind, so I bought cereal bowls that matched the kids glasses colors. Ali, blue, Michael, orange, Anna, pink. (Michael loves green but his glass had orange glass goldfish into it and thought it was cool, so he’s become orange.)

Now at least I have an idea who to speak to about leaving Cheerios soaking and soggy.

I need to color code my kids towels next. You’ve heard me rant about continually finding towels on the floor. There are hooks RIGHT THERE! I call kids back again and again, interrupting them from whatever activity they’re involved in, hoping that eventually they won’t want to be disturbed and will just hang up their towels. Nope! Hasn’t worked yet.

I often hear, “I hung mine up!” as I stare at a floor-full of white towels and empty hooks. So that’s fairly easy to tell that NO ONE did it, but there are times that there’s no way to know the culprit if a few towels end up on the towel rack.

This works with mittens and hats, and I’ve heard of people color coding socks, each kid gets all one color sock. Ifish glass, goldfish glass, glass wtih fish, orange fish, gold fish with spots, i-Stuff suppose that makes laundry easy and would work with young kids. As kids get more fashion-aware, though, most won’t want to always wear pink socks, and clearly blue socks don’t go with black pants. Could I even find orange socks if I wanted to?

We recently added a new way to color code my kids. With all the i-Stuff in the house and all the corresponding cords and plugs, we’ve covered each kid’s chargers with a colored duct tape (found this idea on Pinterest, I’ve pinned in under Things to Do) and it’s already minimized the, “That’s my charger,” disagreements over the exact same cord!

Do you have any ideas to color code your kids?

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27 Responses to Color Code Your Kids

  1. You are a genius. I only have one now, but I remember my mom buying my brothers (twins) the same things in different, but specific to them, colors to avoid the “he did it” mentality in the house! Bookmarking this for sure!!!!

    • Leah DeCesare says:

      Thanks, Chelley! I’ve been envious of those guys at the Apple Store whose title is “Genius” and they even wear name tags labeling them as such. While I’m happy to do without the name tag, I’m very pleased to be called a genius! Thank you!

  2. I do this too. Green, blue, and orange! However, they have been fighting about green plates lately. Drive me crazy! School binders, art folders, toothbrushes….all color coded.

    • Leah DeCesare says:

      It does work well – until they change favorite colors! Toothbrushes – I like that – I need to add that one!

  3. I LOVE this idea. I use different color folders to keep each of my kids’ school and medical records organized. But the other ideas? I NEVER thought of them. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this post!

  4. Tera Norberg says:

    I color code my husband LOL! Great post!!

  5. Jessica says:

    This is seriously a fantastic idea! Color-coded towels?! Genius!

  6. My kids have color coded themselves. They have all claimed their own everything (bowl, cup, towel, spoon, etc). Now I know who did what.

  7. I absolutely LOVE this idea!!

  8. Shell says:

    This is such a wonderful idea!!! I am totally going to do this!

  9. YES! I totally color code my kids! Each has his/her own water bottle that sits on the counter and that’s what they drink out of during the day. I generally know who the cereal culprit is so I haven’t coded the bowls but I have thought about it. Thanks to Christmas presents from Grammy each child has a towel with his/her name monogrammed on it.

    I also color coded school supplies. We home school so pencil bags and books are all here. Each child has a small plastic milk crate for holding individual books. The crate, pencil bag, pencil sharpener, scissors, and pencil top erasers are all color coded. Really helps answer the question “who left their pencils all over the floor.”

  10. Mary Larsen says:

    This is brilliant! If I end up having more than one – I most certainly will use this method!

  11. disqus_vX7DDFAoMz says:

    Great ideas! Could help to incriminate me though. My gf always yells at our daughter and I for leaving glasses all over the house.. It’s actually just me!! Shhh…

  12. ila ( says:

    I grew up in a house of 4 kids. Everything was colorcoded. Towels, washrags, loofah poofs, hairbrushes, toothbrushes, sheets & linens, school supplies, cups/waterbottles/etc. My mom always bought us all same socks (boys plain-even for us girls, bc they were soft and comfy)….then took fabric paint and squeezed dots along the bottoms in our designated color. Also, when something didnt come in our color- sharpies come in a lot of colors so it was easy to make them identifiable

    • Leah DeCesare says:

      That’s fantastic and some serious color coding! I do mittens and hats, toothbrushes and water bottles, too. What was your color?

      • ila ( says:

        I was Purple. The other girls were pink & yellow. My brother blue.

        • Leah DeCesare says:

          Do you find yourself still going for purple things? Makes me curious!

          • ila ( says:

            Oh, definitely not. Growing up, purple was my favorite color- that’s why I was “assigned” purple. But now that I’m an adult, I actually despise purple. I actually gravitate toward green and natural tones.

          • Leah DeCesare says:

            Thanks for replying to satisfy my wondering! Purple’s not usually and adult favorite color, is it? I love greens, too! Thank you for sharing about the color coding in your family!!

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