After my first big bombshell of 2010: (I don't fold the children's clothes in their drawers) I have been looking around for more such ideas. Ideas that make an annoying task less annoying. Today, I have a little tidbit that will change your life! I promise! At least, if your life is like mine and your mornings (and afternoons and evenings) involve something called children.
Don't run your dishwasher after dinner. Wait until after breakfast.
*Cue the chorus of angels!*
Did you hear me? I said don't run your dishwasher until morning!!!
Life changing, I tell you. Try it.
I HATE unloading the dishwasher. HATE IT. I think I hate it more than just about any other household chore, except mopping and putting away laundry. But still. HATE. And you have to do it all the damn time with kids and their five milliion annoying sippy cups and plastic bowls.
I used to run my dishwasher at night and somehow didn't make time to unload it in the morning (see also: kids whining and demanding twelve different breakfasts, trying to get clothes, shoes and jackets on three people, trying to check Facebook for chrissakes.) My kitchen was always a disgusting mess after breakfast and on most days we are running out the door before I can get it cleaned up. There is nothing so demoralizing as coming in around lunchtime to a nasty gross kitchen and a dishwasher full of dishes that need to be unloaded.
Now I can throw all the breakfast dishes in the washer, and start it up! Sometimes if it is empty enough I even wait until after lunch to run it! Ooooh. Scandalous!
At dinner time I am more relaxed and ready to handle the unloading because usually there is some wine involved (and not as much whine.)
Give it a whirl! Let me know what you think! I'm off to slack off on housekeeping chores while making it look like I'm doing something. Toodles!