Avoid Fighting Over Who Does The Dishes By Making It A Competition

Avoid Fighting Over Who Does The Dishes By Making It A Competition
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Doing the dishes is a simple chore, but for some reason, nobody ever wants to tackle it. By making it a competition with something at stake, everyone in the household might want to make an effort.

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Whether you live with your significant other, your family, or just some roommates, there are ways to keep that sink from filling up. Ariel Knutson at The Kitchn suggests you bring the competitive side out of everyone:

Decide that night — preferably before or while you’re eating dinner — that you want to make washing dishes a competition in your relationship. Suggest that whoever does the most dishes that week gets a special prize…

The prize can be anything from picking the movie on movie night to getting the last ice cream sandwich. Create your own rules and find something that will motivate everyone, then keep track. Of course, you could always follow the golden rule of whoever cooks the meal is exempt from the dishes, but this is way more fun.

5 Strategies for Getting Your Partner to Wash the Dishes for You [The Kitchn]


  • This seems flawed, if i had this competition i could easily win just by washing my own dishes and we have another person living with us. so in effect i could just wash my own dishes and win and hers can stay there and pile up 😛

  • Lame.

    In our house if you cook you don’t wash.
    Also a fully loaded dishwater is more efficient than sink washing.

  • From experience, a flatmate that doesn’t want to do the dishes is more than likely going to let you ‘win’ everytime, because there is no incentive for them to do the dishes, because that ‘special prize’ might work with six year old children, but not with adults who couldn’t give a damn.
    The Golden Rule of Dishwashing, as stated in her article, should not even be optional. If you eat the meal, you wash up.

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