Thursday, January 6, 2011

Washing Dishes

I'll admit that I let my dishes pile up sometimes. It's not really that I mean to, but if the dishwasher doesn't get unloaded there isn't a place to put them, and when I am in a rush, I just start the pile. For some reason once there are a few dishes, in no time there is a massive pile.

When that happens, I have a system that helps me get them washed in no time:

First I start by unloading the dishwasher (which is the culprit behind the piles of dishes).

Then I load up glasses and cups because they usually just need a quick rinse and can be put in the dishwasher.

Then I load up any pretty clean (as in don't need to be scrubbed) dishes and utensils into the dishwasher.

Then I pull out any "deep scrub" needing things (pots, pans, really gross dishes) and put them to the side to do last.

Then I quick rinse and sponge off semi-dirty dishes and load those into the dishwasher.

Then I scrub the dirty dishes and put them into the dishwasher.

Lastly I scrub pots and pans and any other bigger things that don't go into the dishwasher.

I take the sponge and some dish soap and scrub the sink really well and wipe down around the sink.

I like to do easy things first because it makes me motivated to keep going since it quickly makes the pile not seem like a mountain.

Of course the best way to do dishes is to rinse and load as used, but in the real world that doesn't happen all the time, right? ;)

How do you "like" to do dishes?


  1. my girls do the dishes and have been doing them for a few years now. jackson unloads the silverware daily, and has emptied the dishwasher on several occasions.

  2. We finally put together a system- but I think my "nesting" has been the main cause :) For whatever reason, our pile would start without having a full dishwasher. The goal for both my husband and I is to immediately load the dishwasher after using something not so dirty (like glasses). In a perfect world that happens, but not in our house :) So, every morning while my breakfast is cooking I am checking to make sure things have been loaded. If it's full, I start it and if not I load anything I see. If it's clean I empty it and put everything away. So far, so good- but I'm going out of town this weekend, so I'm curious as to what will happen :)

  3. Sarah, I love that. Luke will eventually do that chore (and Nathan and so on). I think it's really important that kids do age appropriate chores to help the household and mommy out. You are such a great mom. I look up to you so much.

    Diana, Systems are great. It sounds like you guys are on to something good. Enjoy the nesting and resting before baby Lily comes. :)