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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Life Hack: Do the Dishes Every Day

One of the most gratifying feelings in the world is having all the dishes in the house clean. On the flip side, one of the most frustrating things in the world is constantly having a sink filled with dirty dishes and a dishwasher fully loaded with dirty dishes.

The key to having no dirty dishes in the house is to keep the dishwasher running like a machine. The dishwasher should be ran once a day (if you are single and live alone, this does not apply to you). I like to run my dishwasher in the afternoon and empty it right before dinner prep. This way dirty dishes from dinner can go straight in, close it up and then in the morning you can load the breakfast dishes in right away. If you end up having lunch dishes put those in, close it up and turn it on.

Even if your dishwasher is only half full, run it. I'm all about being a good steward of our resources and not being wasteful, so if you're thinking that this strategy sounds wasteful, think again. Life is a balancing game. We want to be able to move from one thing to the next rather quickly and we also want a clean house. I know that a sink full of dirty dishes and a dishwasher that always seems to be full day after day is going to bring down my mood. I need to steward my mood too! I'm a work-at-home mom so it's really important to stay positive or else the day is just completely dreadful.

When I was working full time at an office, the key to keeping the dishes going is to start the dishwasher every morning before work and then empty it right before meal prep again at the end of the day.

This practice helps to lighten the daily load of housekeeping while maintaining your sanity and that is always a good thing!


  1. Housekeeping sometimes can be so good to calm the nerves. Coming home to a clean house makes e extremely happy. On the other hand when not adds even more to a bad day:p

    1. It's amazing how the small things can make such a big difference! Thanks for stopping by my blog!