I thought I'd post this entry here, in case anybody outside of the household had advice to share. For example, I've seen dishwashers with "clean" and "dirty" signs on them, while everywhere I've lived, we've always gone with "if it's unlocked, it's dirty, and if's locked, it's clean, and it's your job to empty the dishwasher". I've lived in a few dishwasher-featured households, and that, along with a few other rules, has been what's worked best in all of them.
</strong></a>dreamland now has a working dishwasher too. This means there's no need to have anybody volunteer for 'dish duty', which is a good thing because next week I start working pretty much full-time, and I won't have any more time for chores than anybody else in the house.
So here's how the system I have in mind works:
If you don't have any dirty dishes or anything, you don't have to do anything.
If you have dirty pots and pans, or the colander, then you need to wash them by hand asap. They take up a lot of space in the dishwasher, and it only takes a minute to clean them by hand. This also ensures that they're always available for use. Pots, pans and the colander are pretty much the only things that we'll ever need to put in the dish drainer, except for rosefox's only-sort-of-dishwasher-safe bunny plates.
If you have dirty dishes, you need to put them in the dishwasher.
If the dishwasher is full, you need to turn it on. This only takes a minute or two. Here's how:
- Move the dishwasher so its back is towards the sink.
- Connect the hose to the tap. You do this by pushing the O-ring on the hose connector down, putting the connector on the kitchen tap, and letting the O-ring spring back into place. The connection ends up being fairly watertight.
- Turn the tap on to hot. (Our dishwasher doesn't heat its own water.)
- Plug the dishwasher in.
- Open the dishwasher and put dishwashing goop into both of the containers for it. The containers are in the door of the dishwasher, and one has a little flap that gets opened later in the cycle.
- Turn the knob on the front of the dishwasher to the desired setting. Normal wash works fine.
- Close the dishwasher—you'll need to slam it a bit. It should start running.
If the dishwasher is tightly closed and not running, it means it has clean dishes in it, and you need to put them away. This should only take about five minutes.
I've always gotten into the habit of checking the dishwasher while preparing meals, to make sure I can put my dirty dishes in it when I'm finished. I also left an extra five minutes in my morning schedule to do so in case the dishwasher was closed when I wanted to put dirty breakfast bowls in it. This shouldn't be a problem here, though, since we shouldn't run the dishwasher at night—it's above Rose's bedroom.
The only time there should ever be dishes in the sink is when somebody had dirty dishes while the dishwasher was running, or when the dishwasher was full late at night while Rose was asleep. If none of us put dishes in the sink at other times, then it won't be a hassle for us to move dishes from the sink into the dishwasher after we empty it.
Like I said, from my experience, this is the system that works best. Of course, I'm open to comments and suggestions.