Kids go through a lot of dishes and utensils. We try to assign one cup per day and each kid is responsible for washing it out if she chooses to change her beverage, but they usually drink water and often share a cup. Something must be getting past me though, because we go through a lot of cups. We also go through a lot of utensils.
I realized a few weeks ago that it takes a few minutes to put away all the clean utensils and turn them the right way for storing in the drawer. I'm all for saving time and being efficient, so I started loading the utensils in the dishwasher according to type. You know how the utensil holder has different compartments? Well, spoons go one section, forks go in another, knives in yet another, and serving utensils or larger ones go in yet another. If I have too many of something to fit in one compartment, then I may have one compartment that is mixed. Everything sharp goes in sharp-end down and everything else goes in handle down. I don't like emergency room and urgent care visits and just know someone would get hurt with a sharp pointing up.
This makes unloading and putting away so much faster! I take one or two types of utensils out at a time and I just have to sort them by size, not by type. It works for me!
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