Tuesday, April 16, 2013

happier home / 10

The dishes. I don't think I know a home in the world that doesn't have some degree of dish issues. Maybe if you live alone you can avoid some of the conflict but most of us cannot. Throughout all my fabulous roommates and now my forever roommate I always find we have differing views on dish etiquette (in college mine typically revolved around how lazy I felt). Well now I see that dishes are a an inavoidable task that if done well can really contribute to a peaceful home. I have noticed that if I walk up to a clean empty sink then I want to maintain it and no matter what I will take the extra minute to keep it that way. If I walk up to a messy sink I am much more likely to contribute because I don't have the time or energy to make it clean again. Where the system breaks down at our house is emptying the dishwasher! We used to not have a dishwasher and I LOVED it. We only used 4 dishes and we would eat on it, wash it, set it in the drying rack and then next meal grab it again. So simple! Our new goal is to make emptying a party. I got this idea from Gretchen Rubin from The Happiness Project. If you make simple things like dishes fun then you will be more likely to do it. Our secret, a group effort and Katy Perry. We crank up Katy Perry and we are done in minutes! Such a tiny thing but it makes such a big difference.

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  1. I'm so glad you posted about this! I've been thinking about it a lot lately. Lately, I've made it a point to do the dishes the minute I come home from work while blasting my Pandora. It's just my boyfriend and I and its astonishing at how much mess we create just from cooking and eating one meal. And by the time we are done cooking and eating we don't feel like doing dishes. So it sits there overnight. It's frustrating!!
    xo, Kayleigh (thegottahaveitgirl.com)

  2. Ughhh. The dishes! In an apartment with very little prep space it feels like the counters are always full. I'd say I'm working on it, but I'm lazy. Haha....