Some people hate taking out the trash; for others, cleaning the toilet makes them fly into a rage. My own personal household Waterloo has always been emptying the dishwasher. Even if they’re warm and toasty and it’s done by the soothing glow of the range light, I can’t even stand it for more than a minute. Open cabinet doors gash my head as I run into them in my haste, trying to make the task end. Loud plates crash and hurt my ears no matter how gently I try to stack them in the cabinets.
I tried just NOT emptying it, but guess what that leads to? A roach buffet of ever-looming dirty dishes in the sink.
It wasn’t until my husband and I put all of our stuff in storage, moved across the country, and rented a temporary apartment that I had my Oh, baskets! moment that could work for anyone who hates putting dishes away: HAVE FEWER DISHES.
With the exception of a good deal of silverware and cooking utensils (thanks to Elizabeth R’s post on pre-sorting!), we have:
- one great pot
- one great pan
- three cutting boards
- a good knife set
- two mugs
- two bowls
- two cups
- four plates
- Plus the tupperware my husband uses for lunch or that we use for leftovers.
And every night, our dishwasher is just full enough to where you don’t have to shove everything in to make it fit, or feel bad about running it too empty. And in the morning, it takes me 90 seconds to unload, with minimal bending, twisting, lifting, stacking, crashing, and cabinet-impaling.
Our cabinets, by the way, are uncluttered; I never have to search to find stuff or make space for everything.
So, if you’re buried by stacks of clean or dirty dishes, pare down and pack a Goodwill/freecycle/Craigslist box and try it out for a week.