Monday, December 6, 2010

Making Your Home Sing Monday!

Dishes. I loathe doing them. It is a loathing beyond any loathing I have ever felt before. If I never had to do dishes ever again in my life, I would be a happy girl. I am thankful for my dishwasher, because I couldn't handle doing them by hand every. stinking. day. Unfortunately, I like to cook. Even more unfortunate is that I like to eat as well, so by that deduction, dirty dishes are an every day evil. Therefore washing them is an every day evil. But, I have devised a plan so sneaky, so crafty, so delicious that I will never have to spend any longer than five minutes at a time doing dishes. And I am going to share this plan with you, my dear followers.

First, always start with an empty dishwasher. Train your kids to put the dishes away one they've cooled off enough to be handled. Or ask your husband if he would do it for you. If it's first thing in the morning, you might have to do it yourself. DO NOT PANIC! Make it a game. Use a timer. You can do it in less than two minutes if you set your mind to it.

Second, unless you have a fancy-schmancy $2500 dishwasher from Lowe's, you will have to make sure the dishes are scraped free of leftover food. Have your family do their own dishes after they eat - do NOT allow them to NOT do this!! (don't forget to do your own, as well!) Make sure that all pots and pans have also been freed from their food. Do this RIGHT AFTER you eat - ask for help - make it family time! This should only take about 2-5 minutes total per meal.

Third, use a sprayer to rinse your dishes immediately after being scraped. This will work in the style of a power-washer and get the rest of the ooginess off the dishes before they go into the dishwasher. Done at every meal, this should only take a couple of minutes at a time. HAVE YOUR FAMILY DO THEIR OWN!

Fourth, after being sprayed, dishes should IMMEDIATLY go into the dishwasher. Again, HAVE YOUR FAMILY DO THEIR OWN. When the dishwasher is full, put soap in and run it.
*note - we have pans that can go into the dishwasher, if you'rs are not dishwasher safe, delegate a different family member every night to wash pans by hand*

Now, have you noticed one particular point here in my wicked little plan? I don't do the majority of the work. My family does!! 
*insert maniacal laughter*

Making your home sing Mondays

Don't forget to go link up to the wonderful Nan's Making Your Home Sing Monday meme at MomsTheWord!!


Kmama said...

We don't run our dishwasher every night, so we often wash a lot by hand. I hate dishes too.

momstheword said...

Great post. When the kids were little I trained them to put their dishes in the d.w. when they were finished. My hubby would see that and he just naturally started putting his away,too.

The fun part was when a friend dropped by during lunch. Her mouth literally dropped open when my young kids finished eating, rinsed off their plates and put them in the d.w. Then wiped up the table!

We have a d.w. magnet so that the family knows whether they are clean or dirty. Last night hubby tried to put a dirty dish into the d.w., so he didn't check the magnet, haha!

If people don't have a d.w. they can put their dishes in a dishpan under their sink until they wash them. That way they won't have a messy sink.

Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!