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The dish ran away with the spoon

One of my least favourite household chores has got to be doing the dishes. {In addition to vacuuming, that is}. I don’t really know why.

Maybe it has to do with growing up in a house where it was practically forbidden to have dishes pile up in the sink post-lunch or dinner. My mum would spend so much of her time just doing the dishes — washing, drying, and putting them away — that sometimes I wished we never used them. Especially when I got roped in to dry them. I remember occasionally questioning my parents about what would happen if we left the dishes overnight in the sink. Rinsed, of course. You would have thought I’d requested to do a nudie-run down our street given the looks I got. I remember thinking then that I would never be as obsessive about cleanliness as them.

Or maybe it had to do with what I had to put up with while sharing a place the first time. As an adult living out of home, one of my first experiences was sharing with three other people on -campus. Two guys and a girl. They were all lovely. Except for one thing. The guys loved to pile the dishes. And when I say pile, I mean a HUGE pile. We had this unofficial system of each person taking turns to do the dishes. I don’t know why. I think it might have been because my female flatmate and I would eventually get the shits with not having plates or forks and would just do the dishes. It got to a point where I wished there had been a dishwasher to help ease the load and an easy dishwasher cleaner given that the boys didn’t rinse their dishes! While I enjoyed sharing with them, I learnt that it was probably better to just do my own dishes and have a household rule where each person did their own. It even made me yearn at times for my parents’ rules!Β  😯

A year and a half went by with pretty good flatmates in terms of doing the dishes. They weren’t as anal as my parents nor were they as sloppy as the two guys. However, once I finished uni, I shared for a while with a Pilot. Who turned out to be worse than my parents! He expected every dish to be washed pretty much straight after. I was cool with abiding by his rule of dishes needing to be done before bed. But I noticed a couple of times when I’d left my coffee cup in the sink {rinsed!} and gone to work, it would be washed when I got home. As in, a hint to keep the sink completely free of dishes! Needless to say, I didn’t share with him for too long!

The Ex was a bit like the guys I shared with. He hated doing the dishes and would pile them up or do a half-arsed job at it which would piss me off. Reminding me that I may be a bit more like my parents than I’d like to admit. Since having my own place, I have had a variety of flatmates. Some who are happy to wash the dishes straight after. And others who will keep it there for days. I am honestly not as bad as my parents. I can keep the dishes piled up for a couple of days. It seems to make more sense. Even though I do have a dishwasher, I prefer filling up the sink with simple detergent and washing a decent load of dishes at one time. The current flatmate and I have a good system going. We take turns in washing the dishes. It’s kinda like I’ve gone back to what I swore I’d never do. But so far, it’s working between us. We share evenly. We are both ok with it piling up for a couple of days. And we are both aware that the other might need some dishes.

Who would have thought that there can be so many systems around cleaning dishes?

I still wish we didn’t have to do so many of them!

What about you? Are you the type of household where it’s okay to leave dishes in the sink overnight? Or are you like my parents?Β 

Do share your stories!

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Titaxy
    16 October 2013 at 1:23 am

    I hate leaving dishes in the sink overnight. I like to wake up to a clean and clear sink, no dishes whatsoever in it. I think I get that from my mom. She always always made sure that dishes were done and the kitchen was clean before hitting the bed.

  • Titaxy
    16 October 2013 at 1:23 am

    I hate leaving dishes in the sink overnight. I like to wake up to a clean and clear sink, no dishes whatsoever in it. I think I get that from my mom. She always always made sure that dishes were done and the kitchen was clean before hitting the bed.

  • Comfy
    18 October 2013 at 8:25 am

    I am a little crazy when it comes to dishes. I am ok with them pilling up but once I get to them there can’t be any single unwashed dish left. At that point I need the sink clean.

    For most parts, I just rinse the dish and put it straight in the dishwasher so my sink is clean but then there are lazy bones that kicks in as well.

    Apparently I have no true system. Not that I am complaining. πŸ˜€
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  • Comfy
    18 October 2013 at 8:25 am

    I am a little crazy when it comes to dishes. I am ok with them pilling up but once I get to them there can’t be any single unwashed dish left. At that point I need the sink clean.

    For most parts, I just rinse the dish and put it straight in the dishwasher so my sink is clean but then there are lazy bones that kicks in as well.

    Apparently I have no true system. Not that I am complaining. πŸ˜€
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  • Janet @ Redland City Living
    31 October 2013 at 1:47 pm

    When we first got married, I thought dishes should be cleared away AND WASHED after dinner before relaxing time. Hubster didn’t agree … so the dishes would sit there. I’ve learned to live with it UNLESS I want to be the one doing all the washing up, which I don’t, as there are 4 adults living in our house now! Anyways I’ll be sharing all the dirt tomorrow on my blog πŸ˜‰
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  • Janet @ Redland City Living
    31 October 2013 at 1:47 pm

    When we first got married, I thought dishes should be cleared away AND WASHED after dinner before relaxing time. Hubster didn’t agree … so the dishes would sit there. I’ve learned to live with it UNLESS I want to be the one doing all the washing up, which I don’t, as there are 4 adults living in our house now! Anyways I’ll be sharing all the dirt tomorrow on my blog πŸ˜‰
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