Saturday, July 17, 2010

A Magnet Changed My Life

Well, it wasn't that dramatic, but it did make a big difference.  Lately, because we are now four adults living in the same household, I've been tutoring my family in the art of loading the dishwasher rather than piling the dishes in the sink.  I know, I should have started this when my children were young, but since I was a stay-at-home mom, I didn't mind doing it myself.  (Plus, I'm a bit of a control freak when it comes to housekeeping.)  But lately, with four people eating several meals and snacks at different times of day, I decided I needed a little assistance.  

The problem I ran into was the family not being able to tell when the dishes were clean or dirty.  Here's where the magnet comes into play:  I remembered seeing magnets that go on the dishwasher door and say clean and dirty.  A quick internet search revealed exactly what I was looking for:

Now I no longer have to answer the question, "are they clean or dirty?" nor do I come home to a sink full of dirty dishes.  Such a simple solution to a major headache.

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Deanna said...

I need one of those. If I leave a single item in the sink (because it's something that needs to be hand-washed), others believe that to mean that the dishwasher isn't available. They never even look.

Cherie said...

It's hard to explain the minutiae of housework to family members. The magnet says it all. Maybe I should put up signs throughout the house?

Lisa Sharp said...

I have one of these but it spins. I love it!