Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Doin' the dishes
Thank God for dirty dishes, they have a tale to tell;
while others may go hungry, we're eating very well.
Ok, I'll be the first to admit that when my mind is given a wide range it sort of roams..big time. It can hop from here to there and then back again if I let it wonder. So, when I was doing the dishes today I started thinking about the order in which I do them. I cannot for the life of me remember why I do it in this order, if it was something I was taught or just something that I started doing.
You see, our dishwasher doesn't work. I know, I know..it's awful, but we are use to it. Before the house, when we lived in the apartment, that dishwasher didn't work either. And before THAT, when I lived at home the dishwasher never worked either. It's sort of just been what happens in the places I live. So there has been a lot of hand washing of the dishes.
I like to take ALL the dishes out of the sink and fill it up with nice hot, soapy water. I arrange the dishes on the counter like so, started from closest to the sink on back:
First, the silverware. Any sort of spoon, knive, fork..either serving or dining. I usually collect any measuring cups/spoons, ice cream scoop, pizza cutter, etc. in this pile as well.
Third, plates and bowls.
Forth, plastic containers.
Fifth, cooking and/or baking dishes. Pots, pans, baking sheets, strainer, mixing bowls, cutting board.
My husband thinks it's a little strange because he leaves dishes in the sink while he fills it up. But, if I'm the one doing the washing he generally lets me do it how I want.
So, how do YOU do it? Do you wash your dishes by hand? Have a certain order? How about loading them into the dishwasher? Is there a 'right' way to put those dishes in the washer?