I have a question for you, but before I give you my own answer, I want to explain something.
First, the question.
If you have a dishwasher, what part of emptying it do you hate the most?
I realize that not everyone has a dishwasher. I didn’t have one for most of my adult life.
The first time I ever had a functioning dishwasher in any place I lived (including my parents’ home) was when I was pregnant with my second. That makes me late 30s. We were remodeling the basement and since all the walls and ceiling were open down there, the plumber suggested now would be the time to insert pipes for a dishwasher…
We bit the bullet and got one installed right before the girl child was born.
Turns out this appliance was quite fascinating for her when she turned into a toddler…
Note to self: show these pictures to the current tween girl and explain to her how this was an activity she used to enjoy. 🙂
Later, after we remodeled the main floor which included a major overhaul of the very old, 1960s style kitchen, we naturally kept the dishwasher. It was a luxury we had come to appreciate, especially when the children were still very tiny (and unable to help out).
Today, they are tasked with emptying the dishwasher on a regular basis. We also explained that when we say ’empty the dishwasher’ it should be understood that this also means ‘reload it with the new, dirty dishes’. They didn’t make that association without someone outlining the steps and expectations. (That would have been me. Boo.)
They have gotten better at this now that they are older. 🙂
Anyway, there are times when I do the dishwasher. And here’s the answer to my question:
The part I hate the most is the cutlery thingy.
I get so frustrated at the sheer amount of cutlery this family uses, even on days when we don’t seem to have more than one proper meal. I mean, how many times do you need to use a new spoon to stir your tea? Can you not just rinse it quick and then re-use it an hour later when you make more tea?
The worst part is they take a fresh spoon, use it, then leave it ABOVE the dishwasher (for me to put away?) and then return later and take out a new spoon to stir something again. 🙄
Don’t even get me stared on the glasses. There are four of us and three of us use about 3768 glasses each day. 😵
The proper way to empty the cutlery thingy is to take the spoons out and put them in the drawer in its designated spot. Then the forks, and knives. Right? This is what normal people do. This is what I usually do. Except…I’m not normal.
Sometimes I have moods or rage or simply just feel exasperated. 😀
Which is why I do this sometimes:
Which then leads the drawer to look like this:
Which means I have to sort and re-organize the drawer to make it look tidy and, you know, normal, like it’s supposed to.
Anyway, one time I had emptied the entire cutlery thing into the drawer like that and then got distracted and forgot to come back and sort it. My teenage son was unimpressed. He couldn’t understand that someone who appeared to have OCD when it comes to order and tidiness, could just dump the entire contents of the cutlery thingy into the drawer and walk away from it before it was sorted.
Welcome to my life.
Or I may have said “cry me a river”.