Dishwasher Hack - Simplify your life!
I LOVE cooking…. but I hate doing dishes.
Since you can’t really do one without the other I’ve resigned myself to the fact that one must, at least once in a while, do dishes. And by “do dishes” I mean fill the dishwasher. And by “fill the dishwasher” I mean unless it has an electrical component its going in!
There’s a method to the madness though. If I’m going to spend 1/2 hour filling the darn thing I sure as heck don’t want to spend any more time than necessary emptying it.
Top Rack: mugs, glasses, Ikea-ware platic plates, pasta bowls, big knives, serving utensils.
Bottom Rack: Cutting boards long, baking sheet, cutting board short and large plates. Also any pots & pans that will actually fit, including mixing bowls.
And the magic….
Cutlery tray: 1 slot for knives, 1 for forks, 1 for big spoons, 1 for small spoons; odds & ends in the other ones.
When the cycle is done and everything is dry, emptying the dishwasher is a snap. Grab all Ikea-ware in a stack and put away; same for pasta bowls. All knives and serving utensils in the drawer, all mugs and glasses in the cupboard above the sink.
Baking sheet in oven drawer; grap all the cutting boards, put away. Stack all the plates together and same for pots and pans – put in respective cupboards.
Utensils? Grab a handful of knives and throw them in their top-drawer slot. Same for forks, big spoons, small spoons.
Emptying the dishwasher is a breeze; I no longer have to spend 1/2 hour running around the kitchen, 1 plate or 1 glass in hand, putting things away one at a time. Do you have any idea how much time one can spend sorting through the cutlery???
Because it’s obvious…. right?
Hubby doesn’t do this. Neither does my mom, my mother-in-law, or any of my sisters. They all seem to think I’m a little OCD about it. In fact, it has nothing to do with wanting things to be ‘just so’ and everything to do with spending 3 minutes maximum emptying the dishwasher.
What are your #lifehacks when it comes to dishes? Dish it out! (haha! See what I did there? You’re welcome!)