Friday, November 10, 2006

I'm thinking of going to paper

Dishes that is. How does our little family dirty so many dishes?! I swear they dirty themselves just to spite me and make life harder. No matter how hard I try the sink is always overflowing. I bet if I watched them long enough I'd actually see them multiplying and crawling across the counter, all by themselves. Maybe I have a ghost who comes in after I leave and randomly adds dishes to the pile. It would be much easier if I just used paper dishes and plastic utensils. Of course I'd still have pans and such. At least I have a dishwasher! I would just die if I had to wash it all by hand lol. And now my 2 year old is learning how to "help" me unload the dishwasher (often when I don't want him to) so that makes it a bit more interesting, getting to the knives first, carefully watching him handle breakable dishes, pulling forks out of the wall heater that's shooting sparks, you know, everyday stuff :P

I've tried Flylady. I loved it, it worked great! For about 2 weeks. Then, like every new thing I ever try, I lost the motivation. The sink un-shinied, the counters collected every crumb and speck of dust, clutter again invaded my life. Maybe I'll try it again one day and have 2 more weeks of precious cleanliness.

I usually get my sweet husband to do dishes once a week. He does an amazing job. The dishes get all clean, the counters practically sparkle, the floor is swept, and the appliances even get cleaned. I thank his mother all the time for training him well.

I really need a better system of dishwashing. I know I should unload the dishwasher as soon as it's done so that I can rinse dirty dishes and put them in it as soon as they are dirtied, and run it once it's full, and start over again. It's such a simple concept and would make life much easier, but somehow it doesn't last long here. There's always one or two dishes that I find after I start the dishwasher, so they sit in the sink mocking my efforts, telling me that it's not worth trying because there will always be another dirty dish. And then they attract more dirty dishes, I get distracted and forget to unload the clean dishes, and before I know it the stinky mold mountain is back, plates balanced precariously in slimy stacks, sippy cups of rotten milk laughing at me and daring me to open them, greasy pans happily wallowing in the muck. I can hear the monstrous mess from here, just taunting me, knowing that I can win the battle but never the war.

Well, I'm off to battle them again, wish me luck!

7 comments:

Bethanny said...

With the dishwasher, it should be so simple to keep up on dishes -- and yet I have the hardest time of it too. It is a CONSTANT chore! Ugh!

And ugh, the spoiled-milk-in-the-sippy-cup is the worst. Ew, ew, ew!

Kudos to your husband for doing such a good job on the dishes! Wow!!

Kara said...

Yeah, if only I could get him to do it more often, but I do appreciate when he helps out. He is a more thorough cleaner than I am, I'm too impatient to do a really good job lol. I actually did a load of dishes, unloaded the dishwasher, and put the dirty dishes in, so once it's full I can start it again. My sink is empty! Yay me!

Rachel Anne said...

I know what you mean about the dishes mocking you. Mine have chimed right in with the laundry pile...never done!

Kara said...

Oh, don't even get me started on the laundry! LOL, I'll save that for another day :D

Barb said...

My dishwasher broke and it was two weeks before it was repaired. I actually found out it was easier for me to just wash the darn dishes! I got the sponge wet, a little squirt of detergent and POOF.. clean dishes in under 5 minutes. (Before I'd let them back up in the dishwasher.)

I try to make myself do things. I know they'll need to be sooner or later anyway, right? And I always have this little , if somewhat anal, sense of accomplishment :)

Kara said...

LOL, it actually would probably take me less time to wash them by hand with our little scrubber thing with the soap in it, but I just can't. I truly hate washing dishes (or most chores for that matter lol), plus dish soap gives me a rash on my arms (nice to have a legitimate excuse not to do it lol).

Michelle said...

Dirty dishes should be a crime. They are just something we as mom's DO NOT NEED!

Sippy cups with rotten milk *gag* are the worst. Curdled rotten milk - ewwwww! Thankfully we have husbands who help once in awhile. Any little break helps. If I hire a nanny, I'll be sure to give her your address. :)