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.
~Author Unknown

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.

Next, cups.

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?


  1. I think you are my dishwashing soul mate!

  2. That's about how I do it! Everything has an order, including the rinsing. I know some people (certain inlaws) who don't rinse their dishes. They just wipe them and afterwards, days later even, they still taste of bubbles.

    I have to rinse.

  3. hehe, our last two homes have been without dishwasher. at first this was horrible, terrible, no no good. but now i'm pretty used to it, and in fact, when i was having terrible bouts of anxiety attacks, doing the dishes were one of the things that would usually calm me down.
    anyway! i have a set way too! i take all the dishes out and organize them on the counter top. cups first, then bowls and tupperware, then plates, then baking ware, and all the silverware in a pile. i start filling the sink, put the silverware in to soak, and start on glasses, then bowls and tupperwares, then plates, and finally baking ware!
    hooray! hehe.