While the easiest way to avoid doing dishes is to buy disposable plates and silverware, it’s not good for the planet or your wallet. Washing dishes does many things—it builds character, promotes good hygiene, and provides additional surfaces on which to eat. Washing dishes is not, however, awesome. (If you happen to disagree, I may have a business proposal for you).
In the meantime, here are a few ways to make it a tad less painful.
- Wash while you watch. Bring on the beauty of mobile devices. Nothing dulls the pain of scrubbing burger crust better than 22 minutes of short show entertainment.
- Avoid rookie mistakes. Tossing dirty dishes into the sink may make sense at the time, but how can you possibly start washing without a work area? Clear off a counter and scrape, stack, and sort dishes according to overall grime (usually glasses to cookware). You’ll clear it in no time.
- Divide and conquer. Even if you’re blessed with a dishwasher, you still have to load and unload it. Make life easier by grouping like dishes together; organize silverware by type, and line up plates, bowls, and glasses. Not only will this allow you to maximize the number of dishes you can cram in the dishwasher, it also makes unloading a snap.
Most importantly, never underestimate the value of a good soak. Get the water good and hot, add just the right amount of bubbles, and get nice and comfortable. Place a nice beverage within reach. And then pay someone else to do the dishes.