I put a sign above the sink stating "No dirty dishes in the sink." It's easier to get the dishes started when they are not piled in there, and it makes you feel better to have a clean sink. Also, people are forced to stack dishes as we have limited counter space beside the sink.
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Dishes Clean or Dirty? Avoid the confusion, no need for signs
When you completely empty the dishwasher, put the soap in the dispenser immediately. Therefore, if there is soap in the dispenser the dishes inside are dirty. If the soap door is open (and empty) the dishes are clean. Do not put dirty dishes in if the soap door is open!
Does your DH put up the clean dishes, or are the dishes in the dishwasher dirty? If you're having trouble remembering or your spouse helps only sometimes, make a small sign with your computer that has CLEAN printed on one side, & DIRTY on the other. Place some of the thin, plain refrigerator magnets you get in the office supply section of WalMart facing opposite directions at the top and bottom of the sign. Cover both sides with clear contact paper, placing them back to back and stick together.
Now everyone can see if the dishes are dirty or are clean and ready to be put up.
Husbands can learn when to put up dishes after only two or three hints - I'm a perfect example!
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