If there’s one thing that drives me completely CRAZY in the kitchen, it’s finding dirty dishes in the sink. Now it’s not just the dirty dishes in the sink. In fact, I’m extremely happy to have dirty dishes hit the kitchen sink as opposed to them littering the kitchen counters or multiple surfaces throughout the house.
And my family is really good about helping out with chores. They happily oblige getting their dishes to the sink. They even unload the dishwasher without me asking which completely ROCKS!
The part that drives me to the edge of sanity is seeing the dishes pile up when the dishwasher is EMPTY!!!
Once one person leaves ANYTHING in the sink… even the tiniest of forks… then everyone else follows suit until we have a sink full of dishes and an EMPTY or partial loaded dishwasher.
The last time it happened I half threatened to put together a sign for the front of the dishwasher indicating whether the dishes were clean or dirty. And much to my surprise, my husband responded “good idea”.
Insert cartoon cloud of me running to the computer.
Simple and Easy DIY Dishwasher Sign Every Home Needs
I designed two magnet styles that you can download here and upload to Shutterfly. Switch out the magnets to let everyone know the state of the dishwasher.
However, when my magnets arrived, I quickly discovered that my dishwasher door is not magnetic.
And so to save my sanity, I had to come up with a plan B.
Supplies to Make a Simple and Easy DIY Dishwasher Sign
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- Wood plaque (similar)
- Cricut Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge or Vinyl Lettering (similar)
- Decorative Paper (similar)
- Washi Tape
How to Make a Simple and Easy DIY Dishwasher Sign
Layout the Lettering
Of course I had to use my Cricut to cut vinyl lettering for this sign. However, you can opt to purchase vinyl lettering in various sizes for this project.
Cut cute scrapbook paper in the shape of a gift tag and add the word “clean”.
Once everything is laid out, adhere lettering and tag to wood board.
Add Decorative Embellishments
Use washi tape to add decorative embellishments to the wood board.
Using the sign has been simple. When the dishwasher is started, the sign is hung up. When the dishwasher is emptied, the sign is placed next to the dishwasher soap until the machine is started again. We’ve been using this method for some time and I couldn’t be happier. My daughter even mentioned that she really likes knowing what to do when she gets to the kitchen sink. Sanity saved!
Is there a chore that drives you crazy? How do you handle the dirty dishes in your home? What is your favorite trick to keep your kitchen organized? Let me hear your tips in the comments below.