My dishwasher problem.

Do you know the right way to load a dishwasher? Wait, what? There’s a right way and wrong way? (If you didn’t know this I don’t think we can be friends.)

Hello my name is Cora and I have a dishwasher problem. Well, not really. Unless you consider compulsively reloading the dishwasher a problem. Ok, it’s a problem. I recently was watching a webinar for work and the presenter was basically saying that if you think there is a right way and wrong way to load the dishwasher you might be a touch OCD. Hmm…nah…not me.

We have a nanny and in addition to making sure Lovey gets to school and Kitten doesn’t scale the kitchen counters (again) she has light household duties. Including doing the dishes. That should address my “problem”. Not exactly. Now, every night, I redo the work she’s already done to make it better. Seriously. I pay this woman to load my dishwasher and then I redo it. But it’s not just the nanny. I reload the dishes Honey does too. I’m beginning to see this as a little bit ridiculous.

Here’s the thing. I don’t even like to do dishes. I do like a clean sink. As a mom there’s nothing like walking into the kitchen and seeing shiny stainless steel instead of cereal bits and dirty plates. It helps to bring some calm to the chaos. In order to ensure a clean sink at the end of the day the dishes need to be loaded correctly.

Translation: load them in such a way as to fit as much as possible into every square inch of space therefore not requiring an additional load of dishes.

Where others see an overloaded dishwasher and extra dishes, I see a little game I like to call

Because I’m the only one who seems to like it this way, I reload. I used to think it was my little secret until I realized that the nanny also UN-loads the dishwasher so she sees that I have rearranged everything she put in. I like my utensils pointed down Thank You Very Much. She must think some crazy thoughts about me. Can you imagine the conversation with her friends? (Although who am I kidding: I can’t a rate that highly in the social conversation of a 23 year old) Whatev.

My point of sharing this little tidbit about me is not to seek a solution to my madness, quite the opposite. I know there are others like me out there. Admit it. You too enjoy the look of a clean sink and an organized diswasher. Show yourselves. Obsessive dishwasher loaders of America (the world?) unite!

Epilogue: AHA! Busted. The other night it was Honey’s turn to do dishes and I watched him…wait for it…reload! It’s not just me! Maybe I’m not crazy.

Please don't wake me...I'm busy dreaming about my new self emptying dishwasher.

10 thoughts on “My dishwasher problem.

  1. Who knew this was such a rampant issue? I understand this perfectly. It’s the same with fitting luggage in the car for me. There must be a name for this (besides OCD). How about Maximizing Space Economy? Why waste perfectly good space when you can fill it efficiently? It’s kind of a math problem, I think.

  2. I have to be honest. I saw the title of this post and waited till now to read it because it gave me a twinge of anxiety! My hubz doesn’t think I load the dishwasher right and I think he should just be happy I’m helping to do it and I have caught him re-doing it right after I walk out of the room. Point of contention, yessssssssss.

  3. you sound just like my husband!! I throw things in the dishwasher ‘willy nilly’ (his words) and he has to fix them all the time – I find it hilarious, and have to admit, I sometimes purposely make it even more disorganized just to watch him freak out! Our nanny also loads dishes ‘as if she were blindfolded’ (hubby’s words again) which frustrates him to no end. Maybe I should have a bit more sympathy for him now that I’ve read you post… but I’ll probably just continue to mess with him 🙂

    1. OMG, Kate- my hubby hates the way I load the dishwasher! He thinks that things will not gets washed and is totally over-focused on the placement and proximity of the dishes! I have told him that if he doesn’t like the way I do it, then that will just be his permanent job- he didn’t answer!

      Great post Cora!

      1. Kate and Dena, I guess this means I could be friends with your husbands! I NEVER complain about the way my husband loads, I don’t want him to refuse to load the dishwasher.

  4. I re-load the dishwasher too! I think my husbands thinks I’m a little crazy for doing it, but I can fit more things in with the way that I do it.

  5. Oh my! lol! My mother has a dishwasher problem and long ago I stopped “helping” her do the dishes when I’d visit! I don’t get it, I really don’t ~ but you’re definitely not alone! ♥ (p.s. I’m sure there are many other things I have this trait with…if I’m truly honest with myself!)

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