Friday, March 6, 2009

Mark the Milk

My family goes through about 4 gallons of milk each week. We usually keep the the opened milk currently in use in the door of the fridge so everyone (should) know which one to use. However, this isn't a fool proof plan. Usually, one way or another - somehow there always ends up being 2 gallons of milk open at the same time. My children especially get very confused when there is still milk in the fridge and I buy more. Then the 2 gallons of milk that end up opened are 2 of the new gallons - not the old gallons. I try to put the new milk towards the back of the fridge - that dosn't work. It's almost if they go to great extremes to dig in the back of the fridge and bring forth the new milk I was trying to hide and open that one - instead of doing the more common sense thing - which would be to use the milk sitting right there in the front of the shelf.

I'm done trying to figure out the method to their madness - and I know I will never know.

Then, I came up with this brilliant idea! This past weekend I bought 4 gallons of milk and we still had 1 and 1/2 gallons in the fridge. So I went and got my black sharpie and marked the opened milk with a number 1.

Then I wrote NEXT on the unopened old milk.

I was hoping the visual aid would help them to know or remember which milk to use next - and guess what? It worked!

Sometimes - it's the simple things.

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Controlling My Chaos said...

That is an excellent idea. We use the rotating stock plan as well, but you're right, sometimes what we think is obvious is not so obvious to someone else.

~Sara said...

Ha! Great idea.

I stumbled across your blog. Love it! Also love the name! My blog is One Mom, Five Boys!

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Clever! I need to do this with my family!


Celia said...

That is a great idea :) We have the same problem. I will be sure and try that. Thanks for the tip!

Anne Alagna said...

Hahaha! We had to do that with the peanut butter because we ended up with a few open at the same time... all sticky and gross. OMG, gives me the creeps just thinking about it!