Cleaning & Organization

Here’s Why The Person Who Cooks Should Also Do The Dishes

Agree or disagree?

There’s a common rule in many people’s households: Whoever cooks dinner does not have to wash the dishes. The logic behind it is pretty simple—after slaving over a hot stove, the cook should get to prop up his or her feet while the other person(s) washes up.

However, over at Cupcakes and Cashmere, blogger Emily Schuman says otherwise. In her household, whoever cooks must also clean up after the meal.

Why? She explains:

Doing things this way ensures that whoever cooks is held responsible for not making a huge mess, which actually minimizes cleanup time and ensures that it gets done. If you know that someone else is handling the dishes, you’re less motivated to clean as you go and use as few dishes as possible.

This system could definitely work as long as you and your partner are both able cooks. Otherwise, you will have quite an unequal burden of labor on your hands! If one partner doesn’t know how to cook, then they will never have to wash up. Of course, there are other household chores they could perform instead, but let’s face it—cleaning up the kitchen is one of the most time-consuming and yuck-inducing tasks.

Luckily, regardless of how you divide up the labor in your home, there are so many tips and tricks that can make kitchen cleanup easier.

Consider some of these ideas from Faith Durand over at The Kitchn:

1. Buy A Flexible Mat Cutting Board

You won’t ever have to lug your cutting board over to the sink again! A flexible mat clings to the top of a thicker cutting board or your countertop so it won’t slide over all the place, and it is easy to pick up and rinse. Plus, your cutting board won’t get as dirty. Win-win! Check out these from Cooler Kitchen available on Amazon.


2. Use A Garbage Bag/Bowl

Some people hang a plastic bag by a counter handle, or they keep a large bowl on the counter for easy scrap disposal. From pepper seeds to wrappers to stems to empty cans, you can collect everything as you go, instead of walking back and forth to the trash can or disposal and dropping stuff everywhere in the process. If you compost, you can keep food waste bags on hand, like Biobags, which are available on Amazon.


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