Everyday, Simple Idea #17: Double Tissue Box

I am sharing some of the simple, daily things I do at home as a Mom that come from my occupational therapy background.

#16 Double Tissue BoxUsed tissues

I had forgotten this idea until a bad cold struck my house, and I found dirty, used tissue everywhere!

The Problem- As children learn to blow/wipe their own noses, the pile of half-used tissues is inevitable because making it to a trash can take an extra step that children just are not going to do most of the time (and if we are honest, adults are this lazy as well!).  Why is this so hard?  Well it involves interrupting a desired activity to perform an undesired task (tossing the tissue), which most children don’t have the will-power to do.

The Solution- make the task easier.  For children, this means putting a trash can in view and within reach.

Supplies-double tissue box

  • 1 box with new tissues
  • 1 empty box to hold the used tissues
  • rubber bands


  • Make it clear which box is the new vs used- label them with a marker if needed (a large X for younger kids should be enough).  In my house I purposefully used 2 different sized and colored boxes to help my children remember.
Paige Hays is an occupational therapist who provides in-home, pediatric occupational therapy services in the south metro area of the Twin Cities, MN. She is a mother of 2 girls, avid DIYer, and a highly skilled and experienced OT. She specializes in working in pediatrics, with diverse expertise ranging from cognition and sensory issues to working with children with neuromuscular disabilities or complex medical needs.