A little planning cuts dishwashing chores
Kris's hack inspired me to put a bit of thought into my own dish-and-silverware habits. It's amazing how much work one can avoid with a little planning.
If you're like me you hate doing dishes. I usually find myself 10:00 at night half asleep and grumpy loading and unloading the dishwasher wondering how on earth we were able to cover every inch of counter space with dirty dishes. So, I've been working on how to reduce the dirty dishes in my house in an environmentally-friendly way (which means no paper or plastic dishware). I came up with the idea of only using one set of silverware per day for preparing food. I put a glass cup by the sink and each time I use the fork/knife/spoon I rinse it off and put it back in the jar ready to use the next time. My rule is no getting extra silverware out of the drawer until the next day. I also use this rule for plates/cups and bowls. I just rinse them off after each use and let them dry on the dish rack. I do one load of dishes in the dishwasher every other night instead of every night.