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We don't have a dishwasher in this new place and I HATE washing dishes with a passion. We seem to end up with a mile high pile every day and standing more then 3-5 minutes kills my back due to an injury from a car accident 18 months ago. I also don't like stepping on broken glass at least once a week becasue my 2 year old manged to get a glass my 8 yr old left to close to the edge and the 2 yr old broke it trying to get it down. So I have decided to get rid of all the plates, glasses, cups ect. I am going to buy exactly 1 plastic plate, bowel and cup for each person that will be color coded for that person. My 8 yr old will be responsible for washing her own dishes (minus silverware) and if she wants a clean cup then she will just have to wash her cup rather then get another one from the cupboard (she insists on a new glass EVERY TIME she gets a drink).<br><br>
Have I lost my mind? I remember my step mother doing this too when I was a kid and there were always at least 4 of us plus what ever kid was staying with us, she took it a step further and we each have color coded towels/wash cloths and I know there was something else but I'm drawing a blank. Suggestions? I'm tired of being the maid and right now I'm sick and on a lot of meds just to get out of bed and I haven't eaten since yesterday becasue I'm to tired to wash dishes to eat on. My 8 yr old had a heart attack this morning when she wanted me to wash dishes for her to eat (which is another issue, she expects me to cook a hot breakfast every morning and oatmeal is not acceptable. She wants bacon and eggs, toast, stuff that takes forever. You'd think the world was ending when I say "cereal". Its to hot to cook!) and I walked her to the sink and handed her the soap and a wash rag and pointed to a bowl and said you wash it! She can wash just fine, she just doesn't want to help out around the house but as a single mom with 2 kids I just can't do it anymore on my own and need her to start pulling her own weight a bit since she creates a large portion of the mess in this house. She thinks all she needs to do is make her bed in the morning and everything else magically appears for her clean and tidy.<br><br>
So, have I lost my mind with the dishes or could this work?
 

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I think it would work. If you only have a certain number of dishes available to dirty, that's the max amount you would ever have to wash. And I don't think it's too much to ask your 8-year-old to help out and wash her own dishes. I kind of wish my mom had expected me to do that kind of thing when I was that age, I might have better habits when it comes to washing/using dishes.<br><br>
As far as the hot breakfast goes, do you think you could bargain with her and maybe have a schedule of cereal every other day or something? Or she could make her own toast? Anyway, good luck, I hope your plan works <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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The fewer dishes you have, the greater liklihood that they will be clean. ditto clothes. I think it's a great idea.<br><br>
Rather than donating your dishes, though, box them up for a bit and see how it goes. Then, if all is well, take 'em away.
 

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sigh... another broken dish, don't know where she found it. Have a $10 GC to k-mart I've been saving, guess I know what I'm using it for...
 

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we do somethign similar-- I kept 8 of each dish, bowl, ect on reachable cabinet shelves and the rest on really high shelves.<br><br>
That way we can still have matching plates when company comes, but for everyday, I can't have more than 8 plates to wash.
 

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Ugh...dishes. Having a limited number is definitely a good method for keeping them under control.<br><br>
Our method is getting a portable dishwasher. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/Sheepish.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sheepish">: We had one once before we bought used and had to resell it when we moved. We got a new (used) one for free from a lady at Church who wasn't using hers.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ugh...dishes. Having a limited number is definitely a good method for keeping them under control.<br><br>
Our method is getting a portable dishwasher. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/Sheepish.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sheepish">: We had one once before we bought used and had to resell it when we moved. We got a new (used) one for free from a lady at Church who wasn't using hers.</div>
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I hope to get one but so far haven't seen one come up on freecycle.
 

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I just read a magazine article of a mom in a large family doing exactly that. She bought clear plates/bowls/cups- actually it was a combo bowl/plate- but only 1 dish. (glass, I think, but plastic would work well). Each family member painted designs on their dishes and they baked them in the oven to set (so I guess it would have had to be glass). Easy to tell who left a dish out and for multicourse meals- they'd just rinse btw courses.<br><br>
I think it was a readers digest article.
 

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We do this too, but ours are just plain glass. We wash them by hand each time we need to use them. It works great! I kept enough dishes for when we have company, I put them in a picnic basket in the closet.
 

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I'm slowly attacking the dish pile getting the bigger dishes first and dd is NOT a happy camper! She wants cereal and has to wash a bowel and is refusing, she wanted a drink and realized she had no choice but to wash a glass. Waiting for her to get hungry enough to wash a bowl, for now she's eating cereal out of a box. Going to put a stop to that by tomorrow and hoping to find plastic dishes at kmart today.
 
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