A Dish System That Works

A Dish System That Works

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Who hates emptying the dishwasher? I did until I designed a new dish system that has changed our day-to-day!

Until recently emptying the dishwasher was my least favorite chore around the house.  I decided we needed a new dish system because this never-ending filling, running and emptying was becoming a total drain on my energy and mood. It seemed like it never ended… something was always dirty and that something was a sink-full sized load.  Sound familiar?  I am going to share with you our new system for dishes that will relieve all of the annoyance of everyday dishes.

Each morning I wake up in a foggy haze and reached for my beloved Chemex. Wait, before I go on, can I just say, how good is coffee? I mean really, is there anything that turns around a day like the smell of a hot cup of coffee brewing? OK, I digress. I wake up exhausted and pour a fresh cup of joe while I head over to the dishwasher to empty it.  Yes, the first thing I do now is empty the dishwasher.  This is the perfect time to do this for 2 really important reasons.

First Off…

When you empty the dishwasher first thing in the morning, you are barely awake and therefore don’t even fully grasp what you are doing.  It’s a little trick… do mindless jobs you loathe before the coffee sets in and your thoughts and feelings are working. Trust me folks!

Secondly, and most importantly…

If you empty the dishwasher before the busyness of the day starts, you have an empty dishwasher to put dishes into ALL DAY.  Think about that.  You’ve been there… you go to load the dishes for lunch before you race out the door and its full of clean dishes! If you are like I was, you roll your eyes in sheer annoyance and stack them in the sink. When you start your day with an empty dishwasher, you get to feel a joy of surprise all day long while you have a place to put them snack after snack (after snack, after snack, after snack… because #kids).

At the end of the day you can run the dishwasher before you go to bed and do the whole thing over again the next day. No eye rolls, no frustration… just dishes, when you need them and a place to put them when you are done.

If you are sitting here thinking, we have too many dishes for this, keep in mind we have 5 eaters in our house.  If you have 8, it may not all fit. We also committed to simple white dishes from Amazon (these are THE BEST!) and fewer of them to eliminate the tendency to stack and just use more clean dishes. With more dishes we created a terrible habit of waiting until there was nothing left to use… cue the marathon dishwashing sessions circa 2015. If this system works for you, keep with it!  For me, it resulted in constant stress and one seriously cranky momma.

Bonus Tip!

We do tend to quickly rinse some plates and bowls in the sink throughout the day since the sink is empty and not full of dishes. This allows us to fit everything in at the end of the day without an overflow even if we had guests or use extra dishes throughout the day. When your sick is empty, you won’t mind quickly washing a few plates. Don’t quote me on that but… I think you’ll find I’m not wrong 🙂

Let me know how this dish system works for you!

xo- Jenn

Dishes Made Easy
Dishes Made Easy!



5 thoughts on “A Dish System That Works”

  • Easy in our house.
    I delegated it to my husband! It’s his first job in the morning. But the student kids just fill up the sink as they are too lazy to shove it in the dishwasher. We run ours once a day and wash up anything thing leftover.

  • “…do mindless jobs you loathe before the coffee sets in”
    Haha, this made me laugh — I can definitely relate to this. We do a very similar dishwashing routine and it’s worked so well for us. I love having an empty sink throughout the day. It makes the kitchen feel 10x cleaner.

    • Isn’t it amazing how much more motivated you are to keep a kitchen tidy when the sink is empty? Amazing! Glad to hear you have a system that works for you family… we sure needed one so badly and love this!

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