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Who else thinks it's a drag to unload the dishwasher? Of all the kitchen chores, it's my least favorite. But this one little tip has made the task less tedious.

As we fill the dishwasher's utensil basket over the course of several days, we arrange utensils by type as they go in. Have ice cream for a snack after dinner? The spoon goes with the rest of the spoons when you put it in the dishwasher. Grab a knife to make a sandwich? Toss it into the knife compartment of the basket.

This way, when everything's clean and ready to be unloaded, you don't have to sort. You just grab each utensil group by the fistful and put it right into the drawer.

This part of unloading the dishwasher used to be the most cumbersome to me until we worked out this (seemingly obvious) system in our household. Have you been practicing this simple tip forever? If not, hopefully this small step will help to make the task a little lighter!