When we moved into a house with an actual dishwasher, I swore that I would never let dirty dishes get out of control again.
Ha! The famous last words of a die-hard perfectionist.
Before too long, I fell into the bad habit of relying on the dishwasher too much. To the degree that I wouldn't wash dishes right away and instead, I piled them in the sink until they multiplied into a trail of dirty dishes strewn across the countertop.
The Real Reason My Sink Overflows
Why didn't I just empty the dishwasher right away and start reloading it immediately, you say?
Because I was…lazy (gasp!).
I pride myself on being a hardworking woman and I certainly know how to do dishes, but I'm going to guess that #1 reason why any of us skip tidying or cleaning as much as we should is because…well…we just don't want to do it. Pure and simple.
We'd much rather spend time reading, playing on the floor with our kids, snuggling with our pets, and out on coffee dates with friends. Those activities are much more fun than tackling the overflowing mound of dishes in the sink. And don't get me wrong, those things are more important. Self-care and investing in our relationships trump cleaning!
So I'm going to try and make it as easy as possible for you to overcome this annoying chore. Yep, we're talking about how to do dishes (and fewer of them)!
The following tips might not sound like your typical Buzzfeed article; you won't find below “10 mind-blowing hacks to guarantee you never have dirty dishes again!” But done consistently, you'll combat the overflowing sink issue quickly, easily, and never let it get out of control again.