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.