Hey Collectors!

Are you living in a dish disaster? Have you gone to paper plates now that you have used all of your dishes? Are you even buying new dishes? Surrounded by fruit flies?

One of the main sources of clutter in the kitchen is dirty dishes. I know this personally and professionally. After cooking and eating, who wants to clean? Everyone has a different threshold. Some clean after every meal, at the end of the day, and some leave dirty dishes for weeks or even months. What is your threshold?

I have worked with people who clean while they cook, so there are only a few dishes and they do them immediately afterwards. I have worked with people who have had dishes sit in the sink for decades.

Here are five tips on annihilating dishes so you can clear dirty dish clutter.

  1. Begin by clearing space on your kitchen counter so dishes can sit and dry. Grab a box or bin or bag and put all the dirty dishes in and move them out of way. This could be six or seven small boxes or less. Don’t worry about the number. Next, put the boxes in another room.
  2. The goal is to have a clear space to work and have dishes dry. No deep cleaning or obsessing; get the counter de junked and have a clear surface. Put a clean towel on top if the surface is dirty. Pick a towel–don’t get stuck in figuring out which one. Use a sheet if you have to. No one is perfect. If you are able to quickly clean the surface do so.
  3. Soaking. This is a huge part of process. Get water out of your tub or backyard if you need to and put it in a bin (or plastic storage container—whatever can hold water) and let the dishes soak. Soaking is important if you haven’t washed the dishes in a long time. This step will give you time and energy when you need to wash. Soaking overnight makes cleaning easier. If the dishes aren’t too dirty, a few hours might be all the time you need. Put a stopper in the sink and fill with warm water (cold is okay), and add Dawn liquid.
  4. Using a clean sponge, scrub brush wash your dishes. You can wash in the sink or in the container. Take the scrub brush and wash. If you are disabled, sit on a stool or chair. Wash each dish one by one. Wash the front, the back, the rim and around the ridge. Be very through. Rinse your dishes immediately after you wash. Dump out the bucket and get clean water. Once the dishes are rinsed, put them on a clean towel or sheet in the space you created on your kitchen counter. You can spend time drying or let them air dry.
  5. Put your dishes away. If you don’t have space, which is quite common, put them in an organized fashion on your cleared counter space. Keep plates with plates, and work in small increments. Consider decluttering your cabinets once you have wash your dishes. When your dishes are clean, your house won’t smell and fruit flies will go away. Clean dishes are better for your healthy. Congratulate yourself! You have conquered huge source of clutter.
  6. Fruit flies are small and eat your food. Eliminating dirty dishes is a priority! Once your dishes are clean, all the rotten food thrown out, and all recycling and trash is outside, they will leave. Start thinking what is best for you. You may need to take baby steps and take your time, especially if you are older, injured or disabled. Doing dishes in small increments will help you. Remember, the goal is to create a nice, safe place, not a perfect place.

Overwhelmed with dirty dishes? Looking to clear clutter or get organized but have no idea where to start? Would you like to walk into a decluttered and organized home? Collector Care can help you with extreme clutter, regular decluttering work with you if you are a hoarder.

Call Collector Care at 925.548.7750 or email rachel@collectorcare.com to schedule your free 30-minute consultation and learn about how we can help you!