Thursday, July 12, 2012

How to Avoid Large Amounts of Dishes and Still Eat At Home

I have been trying to work on my house and work on my health and work on my computer and in the middle of all of that work is sandwiched a whole lot of dishes.

Do your dishes ever get stacked up this bad?
While I and my husband are trying really hard to instill in our children the initiative to clean (and it is working to some degree) I have discovered some ways to avoid plates.  I hate always spending my money on paper plates; therefore I have opted for some picnic and recycle type solutions.

#1. Pizza Boxes - cut into shapes to form plates

#2. Card board boxes of all types (mac and cheese, cereal)

#3. The news paper spread out over the table.

#4. Plastic Grocery Bags one for each person tied in a knot to form a disposable plate or fused to form a more durable plate and cut to size. (the later was Zach's idea:)

#5. Plastic lids that you have no use for. I have tons of plastic or rubber lids that I have no other use for so we often grab some of these and eat on the top side and that works just like a plate. Although you do have to wash these if you want to repeat this in the future but it really makes things stretch if you already have a load of dishes in the dishwasher and don't want to stop them.

Do you know of any other clever ways to decrease the dishes without going out to eat?

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9 comments: said...

I'm so glad that your answer wasn't "get off your behind and wash them!" I'm so tired of tons of dishes! I'm hosting a linky party "One Creative Weekend" at I'd love for you to visit and link up this idea and/or anything else you'd like to share. said...

I’m so glad you linked this up at One Creative Weekend! I love it!

Jenifer Harrod said...

Thanks Heidi.

Unknown said...

We eat off of paper towels half the time. I know it wastes paper but hey, it doubles as a napkin afterward so I figure it's not too wasteful!

Jenifer Harrod said...

That sounds like a winner too. We have done that and paper napkins as well in the past. Esp when someone brought eating in food. Thanks Camille!

Bethany said...

We keep a plaid table cloth on the dining table and just serve sandwiches etc on the table cloth.After lunch we just remove the large leftovers and shake it out in the yard.We also have a dark colored flat sheet to use as a table cloth when we eat at a park picnic table and do the same thing.Great coverage for the table,no plates,easy clean up.

Jenifer Harrod said...

thanks Bethany, I just started using sheets to cover our table as well. We too shake the sheet out and reuse as long as we can. Thanks for coming by.

pink vinyl tablecloth said...

Hi all. You can use pink vinyl tablecloth too.

Jenifer Harrod said...

Yes PVT, you sure can. My table is just extra long so I would have to make one. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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