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Doing the Dishes - Dividing Labor

Monday, February 11, 2013

DH and I do dishes by hand rather than use the dishwasher because it's just the two of us, and we like the ritual and the extra time together. Here's how we divide the labor:
- DH washes.
- I clear the table (anything left on the table is invisible), wipe down the stove and counter, move all the cooking and prep dishes to the counter next to the sink (anything left on the stove or island is invisible), keep moving dishes closer to the sink (anything not next to the sink is invisible), dry the dishes, and put them away.

How does the task work in your house?
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  • SHARON10002
    It's just the 2 of us, too, but we made a pact when we got married that whoever cooked did not have to clean-up, and still adhere to that mostly. There are nights when we will share the clean-up. We also use the dishwasher, but rinse the dishes before putting them in, and wash most pots and pans by hand.
    1941 days ago
    I do them but DH does so much I just can't ask. However, every once in a while he will step up and geet a dishtowel. We have no dishwasher currently so they are done by hand.

    Sounds like you have everything worked out! Good for you AND your DH.
    1951 days ago
    Well, since it is just me - and the Kitties don't like getting their paws wet, I hand wash my dishes. I don't have a dish washer - but sometimes wish I had a small one. I do a lot of general cooking for myself and do the dishes 3 times a day, for sure! I think it is wonderful you and your hubby take this time together. I sounds like you have a fabulous bond together. Happy Valentine's Day...
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    1953 days ago
    We definitely use a dishwasher- but a lot of our dishes/ pots/ knives are not dishwasher safe. So we take turns doing dishes. With the 2 of us we sometimes wait a day or two to actually wash them- but they get done :)
    1956 days ago
    Great team work! Unfortunately in my house, I do all the dishes, all the time, all by myself, LOL. I do use the dishwasher though so it's not too bad.
    1956 days ago
    It's just me and my husband, and before we were married My DH bet me in a game board that if I lost I would do so many months, then years of dish washing (should of been my clue he didn't like it) So after him keeping to his winnings of years of me dish washing I insisted on a dish washer that I run every other day. I wash pots and pans and the DH does all the yard work. So I am fine with it. Glad your system is working for you and your husband, it sounds like you have it worked out pretty good. emoticon emoticon
    1956 days ago
    sounds like a good way to spend time together, sorry my dishes go in the dishwasher, easier for my hand
    1956 days ago
    I love the team work! We actually rely pretty heavily on the dishwasher for everything except for good knives, good pots/pans, or anything that just takes up too much space - those all get done by hand. We actually cook together most every night - I do the sous chef role and get things prepped, he sets the table, he does the bulk of the actual cooking, I clean up what I can while he is cooking, and he does whatever handwashing needs to be done after while we jointly load the dishwasher. If I want clean countertops, stove, table, etc though I know to do that myself. The hubby is terrible in that respect!
    1956 days ago
    It sound like my hubby has the same visual impairment.

    Great to hear about the team work.
    1956 days ago
    I remember a children's book - "The Man Who Didn't Wash his Dishes"
    That's the mindset of DH and me, but obviously we don't/can't follow that advice. Secretly we both wish some magic maid would appear to do it for us.

    Our division turns out like this:
    I unload the dishwasher since DH will complain that he doesn't know where everything goes. He rinses everything, loads the dishwasher and turns it on.

    He washes/scrubs pots by hand and I take care of counters & the stove.

    So it works out, but I like your positive attitude better.
    1956 days ago
    I'm by myself so I fill the dishwasher and when it is full, I turn it on!
    1956 days ago
    We do use the dishwasher, and we both load it. I usually empty it the next morning. We both clean up the counter spaces of dishes. I generally deal with the pots and pans, and wipe down the counter tops. I am definitely the only one who cleans the stove. It works out pretty well for us.
    1957 days ago
    When I was working he always cleaned up the kitchen after dinner. (I often just closed my eyes!! LOL) Since I've retired the divsion of labor has changed: he eats and I clean up! emoticon
    1957 days ago
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