Nov 18th

I’m very particular about the dishes. Now, it’s often difficult for me to get started on the dishes because it’s generally gross and I would rather do other things than get dishpan hands. When I do get around to it, though, I regret not taking care of it before.

What I don’t understand is how the dishes end up dirty after going through the dishwasher. My assumption is that they don’t get rinsed well when Jamie is doing the dishes. We have very hard water and I usually have to prewash the dishes before putting them in the machine. I know it’s a waste of water, but I don’t have the energy to actually wash the dishes by hand all the time.

There are certain things that must completely rinsed away before going through the dishwasher; these foods do not dissolve and, if left on dishes, will spread to other dishes, leaving a nasty crust on everything:

  • eggs–it doesn’t matter which form, they get dry and crusty and just stick to everything
  • spaghetti sauce–the herbs and spices don’t rinse down the drain well and end up leaving a rough film all over the bottoms of glasses
  • oatmeal–you may as well put a bowl of cement in the dishwasher

The dishes chore extends to the putting away of dishes, which is something I am extremely picky about. Every pot and pan, glass and bowl, and knife and fork has its place in my kitchen. But it’s not just the general area that matters. The bowls and plates have to be stacked by type and in a way that’s aesthetically pleasing. I can’t stand it when there are plates with a wider diameter stacked on top of smaller plates. It also matters very much that the pots and pans be stacked with their kin: frying pans with frying pans, skillets with skillets, saucepans with saucepans, etc. Skillets do not go with frying pans, no matter how similar!

So no matter how many times I complain about having to do the dishes, I should remember why I need to do it. It’s nice when others do it, yes, but I do grow weary of rewashing dishes and rearranging the cabinets.

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