This is a guest post by my friend, Carrie. A little about her: Carrie strives to live simply and buy local/organic/fair trade/used/recycled/green whenever possible (but sometimes sucks at it). She looks forward to pseudo-homesteading at her new house with her husband Rick, and trying to rock the stay-at-home-mom scene with daughters Ruby and Lucy with creativity, gentleness and a love of the outdoors.
To my very curious 20 month old daughter, our kitchen is a magical land with cabinets chock full of shiny, breakable things to discover. I’m not into having locks on every cabinet, but was finding it challenging to cook without having to constantly redirect her or utter a steady stream of “No’s”… “No touch, please” or “No Ruby”. After loads of mutual frustration, I had a solution! Enter the world of “Yes” cabinets! I rearranged things and now, about half the cabinets that are easily accessible to her (and the hands of other tiny friends) are full of things that can be played with and explored. When she is going to the cabinet full of glass casserole dishes, I can say “Ruby, those can break. Can you find one of your “yes” cabinets?” It works like a charm most of the time. You can put anything you want in your “yes” cabinets, but here are some ideas to get you started:
- Plastic storage containers
- Cloth napkins and table cloths
- Reusable grocery bags
- Pots and pans
- Wooden spoons
- Metal mixing bowls
- Play or pretend food Kids toy kitchen items or sets
Thank you Carrie for sharing this tidbit. I took Carrie’s advice a few week’s ago and it works like a charm in my kitchen too. Here is a picture of our “yes” cabinet.