10/6/09

Random Tuesday Thoughts




In my house we share most of the regular chores very equitably. There are some that I generally take care of and some that are mainly my husbands forte. I am willing to cut the grass but Mr. lawn nazi couldn't handle my way of doing it. I'm ok with that. One of the jobs that is more in my column is loading the dishwasher.

Actually it's more that I am a nutjob about the proper way to load the dishwasher. My way is logical and efficient and totally sensible. Apparently I am the only person who understands this. To me the loading should be done with an eye toward the unloading portion of the job, i.e.; unloading-plates and bowls straight up, silverware directly in front, coffee cups on the left side, water glasses on the right side, like items grouped together. Simple, fill accordingly. This saves space, costs you less in energy usage, makes the job quicker and easier. My hubby's way of loading is: oh, there's a spot, let me stick it here. All willy nilly, I can't deal. As soon as he loads dishes in there I rearrange.

Maybe my husband will read this post. My fingers are crossed.

He claims I'm anal about it, I say I have a charming quirk. I have had this system for all of our years together. Do I need to draw a diagram for god's sake?

18 comments:

Jude said...

Since I am the dishwasher I don't have that problem, but your way makes sense.

Sandy said...

You are fortunate that your hubby lets you do it your way. Mine corrects me constantly about how I do just about anything. Gets on one's nerves after 38 years! We do not have a dishwasher, so that's one less thing to hassle over.

The Peach Tart said...

"charming quirk" - I'm stealing that phrase

vange said...

Charming quirks are what make us US.

Stacie said...

LOL now that is too funny! I too have a certain way for things to go in the dishwasher and I hate when they just put them in any old fashion way.

Daisy said...

And why do men always put bowls in the center narrow parts so they take up about 4 spaces?!? That's what the WIDE spaces are for!

Chef Eureka said...

Hehehehe, we don't even use the dishwasher anymore, we just wash and put in the dry rack next to the sink. :)

Grampy said...

We were having the battle of the dish washer. One day my wife exploded. I am no longer welcome in her kitchen. Too bad because I also like to bake. I am pretty good at it by the way.But I now do not have to to go near the dish washer. I rinse my plate and place it in the sink.

Grace said...

Luckily my husband and I are both a little OCD but in complementary areas. He loads the dishwasher, does a great job. He vacuums - it's a hobby with him. I do laundry - he is not allowed any where near the laundry except to haul it up and down the stairs and so and so on...We both hate to dust and I usually get stuck with it, somebody has to do it.

Ann said...

charming quirk, I like that. Since you are trying to explain this to a man (no offense intended towards your husband...lol) I'm going to say that even a diagram would be useless. I think your system sounds like it makes perfect sense.
My quirk is at the grocery store, all items go on the conveyor belt according to type of food. frozen together, refrigerated, boxes, cans, you get the idea. DH thinks it's strange.

Julie@Momspective said...

I loathe the dishwasher. We have an "I cook, you clean" policy in this house.

Roschelle said...

Rule of thumb for me when I was married. "Men stay out of the kitchen! Period."

Lin said...

I think you ought to just let each person do their job and leave the other guy alone. I cut the lawn and my husband grocery shops and it works for us. But I agree--men cannot load the dishwasher!

Veronica Lee said...

We don't use a dishwasher. We'd probably disagree with the loading if we had one!!

The Jacobsen Family! said...

LOL!! Maybe you should just stick to doing it yourself and keep DH out of there! I'm not that particular about it, but everything does have it's place. However, if I have to try and shove a few things in, I'll put them where-ever there's room.
Too funny that you'll unload and reload them if it's done wrong!! If I did that to my DH, he'd never try to help with it again! LOL!

Junk Drawer Kathy said...

Uh oh. I'm one of those haphazard loaders. I know it drives my husband insane, but he does something equally annoying. He doesn't rinse the plates. I don't care about rinsing things like spaghetti sauce or whatever. It's the BBQ sauce ones that kill me. And the italian dressing ones. They STINK to high heaven! I think we're even.

Shinade aka Jackie said...

LOL, I love and have a Mr. lawn nazi myself!! We had one of our worst fights ever over the lawn.

Oh ear, I am haphazard loader too. Walter is much better than me.:-)

Maria @ Conversations with Moms said...

I can totally relate. When I load the dishwasher, I easily fit 50% more dishes than hubby. When he "helps" load the dishwasher, I end up rearranging it to be able to fit more.