For some of you, this post may seem elementary. It may seem obvious to some of you who might be more organized and motivated than I am. However, since I know many women struggle with the house and keeping things up, I thought I would share my strategy for making sure the dishes are done on a regular basis.

I make myself do the dishes EVERY EVENING. Whether or not I think the dishwasher would be full. Then there is no excuse, no chance to push it off. You see, otherwise I could justify that it wouldn’t make a full load, so I wait til the next morning. By then we have breakfast and stuff, and the sink is now overflowing.

Tips for getting the dishes done

By doing the dishes each evening, I don’t have the objective view of whether or not it is time to do the dishes (meaning are there enough?)  Objectivity and housework and I do not get along well. It is much better if it is in black and white.

Now some of you may be saying I have PLENTY of dishes to do each evening. Whatever the case, just do them. And if you have pots and pans or things that won’t fit? Wash them by hand before you go to bed. Waking up to an empty sink is awesome.

Flylady recommends that not only should you wash your dishes, but that you should shine your sink before going to bed. Imagine coming in to make the coffee and everything is out of the way and the sink is shiny clean!

Some days (not every day mind you) I will go ahead and wipe the counters and stove top while I have soapy water for pots and pans.

A few other tips to staying on top of dishes:

Have each person use the same cup all day long if possible. This is easier if it is just water, but rinse out and set in a designated spot for reusing later. Try using certain colors for certain people. I have seen a picture online somewhere ( I wish I could find it, where they have labeled a section of the counter or windowsill with each family member’s name. Their cup for the day goes there when not in use.

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Depending on the balance of household activities you have worked out, see if your husband will oversee children’s baths while you do the dishes, or vice versa. They should both take about the same amount of time and when done, you’ll have clean kids and clean dishes!

Unload the dishwasher in the morning when you are in the kitchen. This makes it easier, especially if you are home all day, to load dirty dishes as you go, making the job in the evening a whole lot easier!