Post Weekend Dish Chaos

by Tracy Roberts
Mom In A

This weekend was a busy one at my house. It feels like we were doing something from the time we woke up early Saturday morning until late Sunday evening. We had fun. The kids enjoyed themselves and managed to get to church for both services but you know what was facing me this early Monday morning as I was scrambling to get the littles ready to head out the door to school?

An entire counter full of dirty dishes.

Yep, seems like we managed to use every dish, pot, pan and utensil in the house over the last 48 hours.

I’m not sure why all the dishes are lined up on the counter. It’s just as easy to put the dishes in the dishwasher as it is to put it in the sink or on the counter, right? The dishwasher is empty. I checked.

I promise they weren’t raised by wolves and I know they hear me say, “Make sure you put the dishes in the dishwasher when you’re finished.” over and over again….

So, what happened?

I wonder if I just make things easy because even though I sometimes rebel by leaving the mess – you know, to show them how messy it is so maybe someone else will do something about it – but then eventually, I cave in and clean it up.

When they come home, things are nice & clean so they don’t need to worry. I’m so tired of cleaning that it doesn’t bear the lectures, screaming or ranting & raving so we just go on as we have been.

Something has got to change. I’ve been really good about decluttering and scaling down but the ongoing stuff like the kitchen & bedrooms need help. I’m sure I need to get rid of more stuff.

To get stuff under control today, I’m going to get this kitchen clean in 30 minutes or less by:

  • Emptying the fridge of any old food – throwing it away & washing out the containers.
  • Filling up the dishwasher, turning it on and emptying it when the dishes are finished.
  • Washing everything that didn’t fit in the dishwasher by hand – drying & putting them away.
  • Putting away things that don’t belong on the counter & making the stuff that does belong look pretty.
  • Wiping down the counters and cleaning out the sink until it shines.

That’s it! The key to getting it done is getting it started. So that’s what I’m going to do, right now.

For the future, I’ve got to find a way to teach the family to pitch in and help out around the house.

What tips do you have for me? How do you get your husband and kids to help out around the house…and then keep doing so without begging?

Tracy Roberts of is the author of 30 Days to an Organized Home.

This step-by-step guide will help you work your way through organizing and decluttering every room in your house –  in just 30 days!  With easy to follow daily tasks, you avoid getting overwhelmed with the process.

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