Don't ask me why but I have a love/hate relationship with my dishwasher. I'm so grateful to have my little helper but I get increasingly cranky every time it needs to be unloaded. Can't anyone create a dishwasher that washes and puts dishes away???
I stumbled across this trick a couple of years ago and it might not save a ton of time but it makes me happy!
So what do I do? Each compartment of the silverware section only holds a certain piece of silverware. One bin is for adult spoons, one for kid spoons, one for dinner knives, one for steak knives, one for forks, one for cooking spoons/spatulas and one for miscellaneous items.
Now when it comes time to unload, I grab a handful of silverware and they all go into the same drawer slot. No more shifting and sorting.
My sister always laments that she'd love to do this but her family isn't on board. Here's a little tip. My family isn't totally on board either (Matt is but the kids don't quite get it). So sometimes I'll get into the dishwasher and there is a kid spoon with a sharp knife. No problem. I just re-arrange. I'm convinced that it saves me time in the long run.
At least that's what the voices in my head keep telling me :)