Use a dish bowl to keep your sink clear of dirty dishes #Cleaning#dishes#great-ideas April 29 | Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin Upon discussing things you can do to keep your house habitable when you're busy, Homie Mich introduced us to her great dish idea: When I lived in an apartment without a dishwasher I had a washing up bowl under the sink to put dirty plates in until I washed them so my sink was always clear and useable. I could stash my dirty dishes out of sight, leaving my sink free for any other uses, and just wash up every couple of days once the bowl was full. (I also always rinsed food particles off dishes first so that it didn't stink while under the sink.) I can't tell you how annoying it is to have a sink full of dishes and no time to wash them — leaving a practically un-usable sink for days on end. Mich, I could kiss you. But instead, I shall just clear space for a dish bowl under my sink! Join our community! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz Megan Finley is the LA-based Offbeat Empire editor. When she's not writing, editing, and sleeping, she's eating, drinking, and geeking. You can snoop into her personal life over on her website Funk in Deep Freeze! @meggyfin @meggyfin PREVIOUS Get sexy (even geeky!) boudoir photos from Portland-based The Sensual Photographer NEXT Reader Round-up: Puppies, tentacles, home decor, and LA picnics Show/Hide comments [ 17 ] Just one piece of advice. Never, ever ever ever, think it is a good idea to put just a little bit of water in there with the dishes. It will seem like a good idea: "oh, I'll just let these soak for a bit then wash them" then you will forget about it. Then two days later you will have a container of dirty dishes soaking in cold water with a grease scum on top. It will stink, you will be tempted to throw away the whole mess rather than wash those dishes. Now I'm having flashbacks to college life and must go obsessively clean something to remind myself that I am a grown up now. 9 agree Reply Or, like, yaknow. A week later you look under the sink and–oops–there's hair growing. For anyone a little slow to get to the dishes (like me), it might be smart to use one of those plastic dish drainers for this purpose. That way, the liquid drips off the plates and stands a chance of evaporating. Reply My immediate thoughts: Mice and ants. But kudos if you can make it work. 10 agree Reply Yup. Lots and lots of nasty pests. The thought of reaching under the sink and getting out that bowl just makes me squirm because I know something nasty would be crawling around in there, especially in an apartment complex where you don't have a lot of control about the pests coming in from other apartments. The only way I could think of to avoid it would be to thoroughly rinse the dishes off before I put them under the sink, but if I'm going to go to that trouble, I'd rather just wash the dishes and put them away right then. 17 agree Reply I keep my dish box beside the sink. It's harder to forget, and still keeps the sink empty. 4 agree Reply i'll accept my kiss now Megan nope, never had any problems with mice or ants – as i said i scraped/rinsed food particles off most of the time 2 agree Reply I. LOVE. THIS. IDEA. My husband and I are always fighting over dishes in the sink. I HATE not being able to use my sink because there are dishes piled up in it, and my husband HATES having a counter full of dishes, so we're constantly bickering about it. 😛 This is the solution! Thank you! (And if you get an airtight container, I don't see how pests would become a problem.) 2 agree Reply I have been using a dish basin for a while now! A real life saver especially with big parties. No one knows they just think your fast at doing dishes lol then you just pull them out when u r ready to do dishes the next day. I made the mistake once of telling people though. Won't give away my secret anymore until someone is in need of help 🙂 life saver for me a family of 6 1 agrees Reply I would SO be the 'out of site out of mind' person and open it up a week later to get some soap or something and…. oops. But I have been doing almost the same thing with my dirty laundry. I throw it all in my closet and shut the door. I never reliably use hampers and piles of dirty clothes just beckon to my gross cats to pee on. But if I throw them in the closet I have to SEE them at least twice a day, and eventually get sick enough of the sight of piles to do the laundry (which is a chore I actually love anyway). Works much better that my previous system of 'throw it somewhere near the hamper'. 11 agree Reply we have a dish drainer that hangs on the wall that we use similarly for dirty dishes ('cause we're totally "out of sight, out of mind" people): http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40225615/ 1 agrees Reply Maybe keeping it under the sink won't work for everyone long term, but using the dish pan is a great idea anyway, even if you leave it in or near the sink. Then you can easily take the whole thing out to use the sink, then put it back in. Also it sounds like it would be especially great for the short term, like when you are cooking dinner for guests. You can throw prep dishes or pots and pans in there and stash the whole thing under the sink to tidy up the kitchen. I've heard of stashing dirty pots and pans in the oven, but I know I would forget about them there and accidentally preheat it with them still in there! 6 agree Reply I did that. Lost a heap of Rubbermaid containers. Now I use my bathtub and close the curtain. 4 agree Reply I cook way too much for this to be useful. 3 meals a day from scratch + snacks = way too many dishes to fit under the sink. Blender+couple pots+a pan+cutlery+wooden spoons+prep knife+a bowl or two+a plate or two+a mug+a glass is my daily dishes…and that's if I don't have anyone over. Might be good for a person who lives alone who doesn't cook much. If you have maybe 2 plates and a mug and some cutlery per day, I could see stashing dishes for a couple days. I wish I had a dishwasher SO bad! Where's the post on how to cook all day and dirty as many dishes as you want yet never have to wash them? >_< 14 agree Reply I did something similar when I lived alone. I had a plastic container with holes (basket-style) that fit perfectly in my sink. I'd keep my dishes in the container, so that when I needed the sink, I could just lift the container out and put it on the counter, then put it back. I didn't have much counter space, so it was a life-saver. Now, my two roommates and I produce too many dirty dishes to leave for very long. Not being able to get to the sink to fill up the water filter is a good motivation to finally clean. 3 agree Reply I use a basin under the sink. I have four boys and 1 husband..sometimes they help with complaints and other times they don't. I have no dishwasher. I read once that in the old days it was very comman to use a wash basin under the sink. So I Wash as I go but when I get really busy towards end of day and I'm tired without help, I throw dishes in the dish basin under sink and do them the next day in the morning. 1 agrees Reply I think I might have to start doing this! I hate dishes and they always end up piling up and looking gross, and we have an open plan kitchen/living room so unexpected visitors can always see them. I'm also an out of sight, out of mind person, but we have so few dishes that we'll run out soon enough and HAVE to wash them. I hate dishes, though, and we have such a tiny kitchen that we'll never have space for a dish washer. I'd love a post on more dish washing hacks! Reply It is okay to place a few glasses or bowls in one side of my double sink…but nobody better mess up my working side ha ha!! Better yet, the dishwasher is right there…go the extra step. Mom of family of 4. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. 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