Cure My Cooking Problem! Dirty Dishes Get in the Way of Weeknight Cooking
How’s your Cooking Cure going this week? Are you cooking dinner each night? Is there any way we can help you or answer a question? Here’s a challenge from Melabell — it can be hard to keep up with the nightly routine of cooking when there are still dirty dishes from yesterday. Sure, it’s easy to say: “Just clean them as you go!” but sometimes this is just one thing too many, when you’ve already devoted the time to making a home-cooked dinner. What are your best tips for working around dirty dishes, or getting them clean quickly?
Here’s Melabell‘s challenge:
For me, it’s that my husband doesn’t chip in to clean up after I’ve cooked. I hate to ask, because he does work more than I do. While we both have full-time jobs, when I am home, work hardly comes with me. When he’s home, he’s grading papers, lesson planning, researching new lessons etc.. (he’s a high school science teacher). I get home around 6:15pm if I don’t go to the gym after work (otherwise it’s more like 7:30).
Then I do all the cooking… and there’s always a good handful of dishes to clean up. For the most part, I can usually get them all done. But our kitchen sink lacks a garbage disposal and we don’t own a dishwasher so I just clean enough to fill the drying rack and whatever’s left, will get done later. And later is hardly ever the same night. Then, the next day I want to do dinner, I am adding to the pile. Hubby doesn’t chip in… although once in a while he will wash his own dish.
On the one hand, I hesitate to suggest a split division of dishwashing, since perhaps Melabell and her husband split up chores another way. And it can be hard to keep up with dishes — it’s the constant challenge in my own kitchen! It’s tough to want to cook when there is a pile of dishes or pans there already.
I like to rinse the plates at least, and stack them, so they feel managed and off to the side. Here are a few other ideas from our archives.
Any other advice for Melabell?
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