Kitchen Cup Organizer

Most of my organizing ideas come out of necessity and many times frustration. I made this Kitchen Cup Organizer a few years ago and we still use it everyday. It has been a lifesaver from having a sink full of cups, especially in the Summer. It doesn’t matter how many kids you have, it seems like each kid goes through at least 4 cups in one day.

Kitchen Cup Organizer Tray helps keep the kitchen neat and tidy

This is what the counter would often look like, sometimes before noon. Just a little frustrating! It was time to come up with an easy solution.

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Supplies needed:
tray (large enough to hold cups for your family)
spray paint
vinyl or large stickers

I found this plastic tray at Target, on clearance for only $2. 40. It’s not a bad looking tray, but I only bought it for it’s shape. It’s getting painted with Krylon black paint for plastic. A bright color would be fine too, but I decided to go with black so I could change the other decor around it.

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I cut the initials of our names out of adhesive shelf liner with my Cricut. You can also use large flat stickers or even stencil the initials on the tray.

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Then I cut some circles to go around the letters and laid them out on the tray to check the placement.

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I seldom measure anything precisely, I just eyeball a lot of things. I started in the middle and worked out from there, trying to space the circles evenly.

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Then I adhered our initials in the center of the circles. I really have a thing for black and white so I love how it turned out. Now that I have it finished it kind of  reminds me of typewriter keys. Don’t ya think?

Kitchen Cup Organizer Tray

I placed it on the small counter between the stove and fridge.

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The ice and water dispenser are right on the door of the refrigerator so this was the perfect place for the cup tray. Now the drinking cups all have a place of their own and we don’t have to guess which one belongs to who. Plus I don’t have to run the dishwasher as often.

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  • Robyn :) November 16, 2010, 6:02 pm

    That is incredibly smart 🙂

  • Lissa November 16, 2010, 6:57 pm

    What a really great idea!

  • Handy Man, Crafty Woman November 16, 2010, 8:05 pm

    what a great idea! I only have 1 little one, but I still have the cups everywhere!

  • tangled zen November 16, 2010, 9:10 pm

    Seeing this idea makes me wish I had more than one kid 🙂

  • CAROL November 16, 2010, 9:13 pm

    Very, very clever. Where were you when my kiddoes were, well, kiddoes? Thank you for featuring my blog on your blog a few days ago.

  • Gwen November 16, 2010, 9:57 pm

    What a great idea!!!! It looks terrific. 🙂

  • cyndi November 17, 2010, 8:47 am

    great idea! i love how putting something in a tray, even though it takes up the same space and actually ADDs to what is on the counter, makes the counter look so much clearer and less cluttered!
    this a great solution for kiddos who cannot reach the cupboard but can reach the counter/water dispenser. great way to teach independance and a great lesson in conserving water (not washing all day)

  • Jennifer Ames November 17, 2010, 12:16 pm

    I love this idea! All the cups everywhere is one of my biggest pet peeves! And sometimes I’m just as guilty, as the rest of them. I get a new glass because I can’t tell which one is mine. Thanks!

  • Jennifer Tingey November 17, 2010, 5:43 pm

    BRILLIANT! One of those amazing ideas that is so simple that everyone asks “Why didn’t I think of that?” Thanks for sharing!

  • Shana November 18, 2010, 11:01 am

    Love it! I am certainly going to keep this one on file. As my children grow I know this will be ingenious!! I have reposted some of your posts before and I going to do the same with this one also 🙂


  • brandi November 18, 2010, 5:16 pm

    Love this idea! It makes so much more sense than throwing a cup in the dishwasher after one use!

  • Ashley November 18, 2010, 9:41 pm

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  • Tina November 18, 2010, 10:38 pm

    BRILLIANT!!!! I am ALWAYS washing cups and trying to figure out how it is that I only have four boys and yet 18 cups are out on the counter and no one has used them (but they are all wet…)
    I may have to make a quick Target trip tomorrow…who am I kidding, Target is NEVER a quick trip!

  • Abby November 19, 2010, 8:52 am

    Simple and brilliant! I also have 4 children at home, so we know each other’s pain here! lol Thanks for sharing your idea!!

  • julie August 30, 2011, 3:39 pm

    wow….I just googled “kids cup organizer” and this came up on top. I think you might be my clone. I also have six kids and I swear, no I really swear, we have the same kitchen…same counter top, color of cabinets, lay out…..the first picture I nearly fell off my chair thinking it was MY kitchen…then I about died when I saw the cups next to the fridge….my kitchen! and exactly where we keep the cups! weird! well thanks for the tip I can’t wait to make the tray…these cups are driving me nuts.

  • Clearissa Coward August 4, 2016, 2:46 pm

    Wow! I don’t even have kids at home anymore but I love this idea!! So creative.

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