Confessions of a Reloader

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I’m going to confess something crazy to you, my dear readers. If you haven’t already figured out that I have a few quirky obsessive traits, this one will clinch it for you. Ready? {Insert me taking a deep breath.} I am a dishwasher reloader. I will open up the dishwasher, spy some dishes in the wrong spots, and move them. I know, I know. I should be happy the dishes made it into the dishwasher in the first place, right? But I have a certain way — like most everything in my life — that the dishwasher gets loaded: All the full-size plates go in one area, small plates in another. Bowls on the top rack. Large glasses in certain rows, small glasses in certain rows. Silverware in their individual slots.

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Why do I do this? Certainly I am not alone in this madness?

To top all that, I’m also one who, despite my top-of-the-line Bosch dishwasher, still pre-washes the dishes before they go into the dishwasher. Our dishes look like they are already clean before the cycle is even run. {Yes, that photo above is our dirty dishes.}

When I was in elementary school (it was the late ’70s, early ’80s), I fondly remember when my parents took out a kitchen cabinet next to the sink so we could have a bright, shiny new dishwasher installed in its place. I’m not sure if it’s because we went from hand-washing all of our dishes to having a fancy new machine that would magically clean them, but my entire family rinsed the dishes before putting them into the dishwasher. {Thanks, mom.} Whether we needed to pre-wash the dishes is unclear, but we did, and therefore, it’s a habit that still sticks. Part of me wants to put all the dishes in the dishwasher right from the table and see if they get as clean. (Gasp!) But I can’t bring myself to test the theory out. Just looking at chunks of dried food on the dishes every time I opened the dishwasher would gross me out.

So my family is totally trained to put the dishes in the dishwasher. And that makes me happy. And it doesn’t bother me at all that I play dishwasher jenga often, moving dishes around to make it look orderly and organized. My point of sharing this is not to seek a solution, but rather to see how many people will actually admit they also are a member of the dishwasher reloader club. What do you think? Is there a right and wrong way to load the dishwasher? Or do you think I’m completely insane?

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Bonus: For all my fellow CDO friends, here are some photos that will drive you crazy!

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5 Comments on Confessions of a Reloader

  1. Kathryn
    April 16, 2015 at 2:47 pm (3 years ago)

    My husband is the dishwasher Jenga master around here. I’m fairly OCD, but I’ve let a lot go as I’ve gotten older – trying to preserve what little bit of sanity I have left. However…those lightswitches would totally put me over the edge. 😉

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    • Julee
      April 16, 2015 at 3:38 pm (3 years ago)

      I know, right? Yikes!

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  2. Karen Smith
    April 15, 2015 at 10:26 pm (3 years ago)

    I love this! I am so bad at this…all the dishes have to be spotless when they go in. My husband means well, but drives me nuts! I have even been known to take over at my in-laws house. I don’t want to do the dishes for everyone at family functions, but I can’t handle watching them either! Glad I’m not the only one with dish issues!

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    • Julee
      April 16, 2015 at 3:39 pm (3 years ago)

      Love it, Karen! I’m sure your in-laws aren’t complaining either.

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  3. Kim
    April 15, 2015 at 4:21 pm (3 years ago)

    I play Jenga with the dishwasher but not because I need dishes in a certain place but because I am trying to get in as many dishes as possible!! We scrape food chunks into the trash but we don’t rinse! I let my dishwasher do the washing!!

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