This week, we’re refocusing on the third step of laundry and dishes: put it away, goddammit! Washing and drying are great, but until it’s put away, it’s not done. So this week, as soon as the dryer or dishwasher’s done, or once your air-dried clothes or the dishes in the drying rack are dry, put them away! Our goal is to have nothing lingering in laundry baskets, dryers, dishwashers, or drying racks. Everything gets put away as soon as possible.
Put it away, not down.
Wash your dishes as soon as you use them.
Put your laundry away as soon as it’s dry.
Take five minutes a day to pick up in one room.
Most of the things that we do for maintenance are less about recovery and more about prevention. If you deal with your dishes, laundry, trash, and the things you use on a daily basis as you use them, there will be very little to have to recover from when you have more time.
#1 rule of living with other people: use your words. Sit down with your roommates. Try to avoid a note; no matter what your intentions are, it’ll always come across as passive-aggressive. Talk about the dish situation. Come up with ideas as a group. Try to reach some consensus.
As time goes on, ask for help. Use your words. Aside from padlocking everything, it’s the only tactic that both A) has a chance of working, and B) recognizes that everyone in the household is an adult with a life and the ability to communicate with one another.
Dry them by hand and put them immediately away? Or, if your sink is big enough, put the drying rack in the sink (put the clean dishes on a dishtowel on the counter until the sink is empty).
I’d personally go with buying a few more dishtowels and just putting them away as I go.
Ok so my kitchen is probably the worst area of my apartment. After work I have a bad habit of just tossing the dishes in the sink or leaving them on the stove. So I have set a goal for myself to have my entire apartment cleaned up by Thanksgiving. This way I can have my first Thanksgiving at my place.
This is the before. This also didn’t include the dishes that were in our spare bedroom (where we are eating right now since our kitchen table is covered).
And the wonderful after. It’s really dark since I only have one light above the sink right now. It’s not 100% done, but my scrubby pad finally died on me. The only things left are cookie sheets and some glassware.
Also to keep this from happening again my husband and I came up with a new idea, ok well new for me. Before every meal we will fill up one side of our sink with hot water and as we cook we toss the used dishes in the sink. Then after dinner we wash, dry, and put away them before bed. :) Now to just finish the rest of the apartment!!!!!
Denture tablets, or soak with soapy water and then use a (long and narrow) dish brush. Or soak with soapy water, put the lid on, shake vigorously, rinse, repeat.
This post might be helpful for you.
This can be unfucked, but it’s going to be a little bit of a project.
What you’re dealing with: caked-on and dried food, mold.
What you need: your kitchen sink, dish soap, scrub brushes, gloves, household bleach, sponges, a dish rack or drainer, dish towels.
Take everything out of your kitchen sink. Fill it about 2/3rds of the way with very hot water, and several generous squirts of dish soap.
Add dishes until the sink is nearly full. Let them soak for at least an hour. Then, wearing gloves and using your scrub brush and sponges, work on removing all food particles from the dishes. Drain the sink.
Refill with cold water and 12 oz of bleach for every gallon of water, same dishes. The CDC has approved and consistently recommends a “weak bleach solution” (1:10 household bleach:water) followed by thorough rinsing for disinfection of dishes, cooking implements, and food preparation surfaces. Let soak for an hour, then drain sink and rinse dishes.
Refill sink about halfway with just hot water and dish soap, same dishes. Wash dishes as usual (soap, sponge, and water), rinsing thoroughly and then putting in the dish drainer. If your dish drainer fills up, dry the dishes with a towel. THEN PUT THE FIRST LOAD OF DISHES AWAY.
Repeat these steps until all your dishes are clean.
I have about half a dozen asks about dishwashers right now, so I’ll try to get to everything in a master post.
I always try to avoid the really nasty dishes, the ones that have stuff caked all over them. I think I’m convinced that if I do the rest of the dishes and leave them with soapy water in the sink then somehow they’ll be easier to clean later on. Usually it just creates a backlog in the sink where dishes get piled on top of the really gross one no one wants to clean, and it tends to be a game of chicken in the household to see who will cave and clean it first.
Today I decided to try something different:
I started with this (you can see the beginnings of the original method of “water in pan”):
Bacon grease, that ancient foe. But vinegar and baking soda combine to form a mighty weapon.
And lo, with minimal scrubbing to get the pre-loosened bits off, I was left with this:
Instead of a pile of dishes in my sink.
But I couldn’t put it back on a dirty, grease-covered stove…
So I cleaned that too. Took five minutes, instead of the ages it would take later when the grease had hardened onto the stovetop.
There is one problem. I need more vinegar, because clearly I must keep some below the sink in the kitchen in addition to a bottles in the laundry room and in each bathroom.
Start by washing every dirty dish. Once your drainer is full, grab a dish towel, hand dry, and put away. Take a break, then do another load. Repeat until there are no more dirty dishes. (I promise, this isn’t likely to be as bad as it sounds.) Towel dry as you go, and put everything away. Once that’s done, your goal should be to do dishes as soon as you make them dirty. Dinner dishes? Done before bedtime. Coffee mug? Washed before you leave for work. At the absolute barest minimum, you should wash dishes every damn night, then dry them and put them away. Once there’s no more pile of dirty dishes, it’s easier to keep it from forming again.
I am in a serious rut, I can’t find the motivation to do anything. I have 2 days worth of dishes to do, my bed is still a mess, I am running out of clean socks, and I haven’t showered in 4 days! Even UFYH isn’t working! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!! *head desk* How can I get rid of my rut???????
Start a load of laundry (make sure there are socks in there). Do one dish drainer full of dishes. Go make your bed. Put the laundry in the dryer. Go take a shower.