There was a time not so long ago when my sink would overflow with dirty dishes to the point where there were no dishes left to use and I couldn’t fit the one clean cup under the faucet to fill it with chlorinated city tap water.
I want to share something that has dramatically reduced the time I spend staring at and washing dirty dishes in my house. I think this will be helpful whether you have a dishwasher or not. Maybe if you put this tip to use, you’ll find yourself opting for the hand wash! Ok, ok… that’s nuts.
Or is it?
The trick is, keep one of each utensil, plate, bowl, etcetera in your kitchen for each person in your household. Just one per person. That’s all you need. (In addition to a serving bowl or two and a pot and pan and whatever else you USE to prepare your food.)
This doesn’t mean you need to throw away or donate your extras, but maybe put them in a box and keep them in a closet, basement, or under your bed to use when you have company. If you hate entertaining, why not get rid of them?
(Honestly, we keep a few extra mugs and glasses. We could probably move some to storage to free up more space and time.)
It’s up to you to decide the best dishwashing procedure for you. I live with one other person. We have two of most things and the dishes take five minutes. If you have more people it might take another minute or two.
Here are some great ideas: Everyone washes their own things either 1) when they’re finished using them, or 2) whenever they want but they have to wash them because no one else is going to freaking do it.**
What will you do with all of this free time?
**I (most often) routinely wash all the dishes each day with a smile because it only takes 5 minutes and he takes out the trash/recycling and cleans the bathroom. Team work.
If you try this, let me know how it works out for you in the comments! I’d also love to hear other tips for keeping the kitchen manageable!