That’s right…I said it.
At least, he is a genius for his latest home suggestion….and for marrying me…but let’s talk about this first thing.
Let me start by telling you that my man loves a clean kitchen. I think the rest of the house could be a wreck (and most of the time it is) but if the kitchen is clean, he’s a happier camper. I do a decent job of keeping the kitchen clean. I’d give myself a B…B+ maybe. Would I eat off my counters…probably not…but that’s beside the point…who eats off the counter anyways.
Where we always have problems is the dishwasher. He hates to unload it, and I just hate anything to do with cleaning in general. He figured out a system that keeps the dishes in check, keeps the counters clear (for the most part) and has been sustainable for over a week now (H.U.G.E. accomplishment). So what’s his little contribution? Load and run the dishwasher every night. I know…rocket science! I’m sure people have been doing this since dishwashers were invented…why weren’t we???
This works because we can usually fill the dishwasher over 85% full each day so I don’t feel like it is a huge waste of energy or resources. I used to wait until my dishwasher was 100 to 110% full before I ran it. I come from a long line of dishwasher Tetris-like loaders….we have a system and try to strategically place as many items as possible into the dishwasher. I have even taken everything out of the dishwasher and re-loaded it so more would fit…probably doubling the time I spent on dishes….the type-A personality strikes again.
Now, I am a little less anal about the loading…dishes get washed while I sleep (can that count as multi-tasking?)…and every morning the dishes are unloaded while I sip my coffee and the kids eat. Then it is ready for the rest of the day’s dishes. Plus, since I haven’t crammed half of our entire collection of dishes into the dishwasher, it is easier and faster to unload.
I think I’ll keep him.