I know it sounds stupid, but…

SilverwareAlright, I realize this post will cement my place in the loser hall of fame, but here goes anyway. I am writing to tell you about a technique you can use to make unloading the dishwasher easier. Face it, it ain’t that hard to begin with, but I am one of those continuous improvement dorks you hear about. Wait, you really never do hear about continuous improvement dorks do you?  Well it is as simple as this. Sort the silverware on the way into the dishwahser. All the spoons go into a spoon bin. All the forks in a fork bin. You get the idea. How the hell does this save any time you ask? Well I could go into a lengthy explanation about Goldratt’s constraint theory and how you are elevating the constraint to an earlier portion of the process, but I will spare you. It works because it takes less time to group the silverware together on the way into the dishwasher than it does on the way out. Once you have your place-holder utinsel (the first one) marking the little bin, it takes no longer to put the dirty silver in the dishwasher. When you open that Kenmore fresh after the next wash, you can simply grab all the spoons and put them in the spoon bin in your silverware droor. Knives, forks, misc and done. No more sorting scalding hot stainless steel as now you have neat batches of clean utensils which you can quickly transfer to their proper resting place. I told you this was dorky. Still if you are in search of maximum efficiency in all you do, give it a shot.

I must get out more often…

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2 Responses to “I know it sounds stupid, but…”


  1. 1 4keeps July 20, 2006 at 4:35 pm

    Yes… you really must get out more often 🙂
    Here’s my “single guys approach to emptying the dishwasher”: Dont’t – it’s even faster. Saves 5 minutes which can be spent goofing off.

  2. 2 Linda August 11, 2006 at 1:35 pm

    Not stupid at all! I started doing this a while back with my dishwasher. Yes, it really doesn’t seem to save a ton of time when you load, but there is nothing better than just dumping the spoons in the drawer after putting all the glasses away one at a time.

    If only you could do this for socks out of the dryer…


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