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KITCHEN KUPBOARDS FOR KIDS?
"Mom, where's that field trip permission slip for school? Oh ya, look on my tray."
These words were said many times over the years regarding the school paper monster that followed the kids in the door day after day.
To alleviate piles of paper on the kitchen counter tops a simple stacking letter tray system was implemented. It was placed in one kitchen cupboard and each child was assigned a tray. Important papers had a place and were quickly put in that place.
Amazingly there was plenty of empty cupboard space after dejunking things like that nifty hamburger press that maybe pressed one meal of burgers, those extra plastic pitchers that need to be pitched, or that electric knife that no longer held a charge thus is rendered useless. Having second floor bedrooms made this system a real space and sanity saver.
When exchange students from four different countries joined our family they were quickly oriented to their assigned tray. Finding another cupboard for them just meant I had the opportunity to clear the clutter from another area in the kitchen. I've often wondered if they each went home to tell of this strange American "Kids Kupboard" tradition.
Over the years the kids could be found squatting at their cupboard stuffing, sorting, or cleaning it out. When stuff was found on the counter tops, it was whisked into that child's cupboard. Out of sight and off this mother's mind!
Tears still come to my eyes when I recall my daughter's wedding day. I can still picture her sitting on the kitchen floor in front of her cupboard for the last time sorting, cleaning, and de-stuffing it. She has five children of her own now. Maybe they'll each get a special cupboard in their kitchen? Just in case they don't, perhaps I should make one for each of them at grandma's house!
posted on: 7/14/2009 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side
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Judy Warmington, Woman Time Management (owner) -- Busy wife, mother of three adult/married children, grandmother of 10 (5 boys and 5 girls!), former high school teacher (M.A. from W.M.U.), Speaker, Author, Radio Personality, and Trainer of Professional Organizers.