Dishes Routine… the Ol’ Job Wheel
After awhile of letting the children choose the job they wanted and them squabbling over whose turn it was to unload the dishwasher etc, THEY DECIDED it was time to get out the ol’ job wheel! Isn’t that a crack up?! The names needed adjusting (our oldest moved out) so we needed a new one.
So here is our salvation.
The ol’ rotating job wheel!
We now have 6 children = 6 dishes team members on our dishes wheel. (can you tell we play a ton of sports?)
The 6 team positions include:
- Set and clear table
- remove serving dishes (everyone clears their own dishes from table to sink)
- put leftovers in fridge
- wipe off table
- replace centerpiece
- scoot in chairs
2 and 3. 2 team helpers load the dishwasher
- Rinse off dishes with brush into disposal sink (we have 2 sinks and 1 disposal = it matters which sink- less mess, less work for them)
- Stack on counter near dishwasher if dishwasher is full
- Check table and counters for more dishes and stuff
- Load silverware handles first, sharp knives point first
- Unload dishwasher
- Place dishes from dishwasher into where ever they live
- If you don’t know where something goes please ask someone
- No dishes or silverware in dishwasher
Tip: sometimes this job needs to be done in the morning or while dinner is being made
- Food, counters and hand dishes
- remove all food from counters, put into containers and into fridge
- wash all hand dishes: pots, pans, and knives (if not in dishwasher)
- wash counters
- wash sinks
- hang up towels and clothes, or put into Joanne’s hamper
- Supervisor/Team Leader
- Inspect each task to be sure its completely satisfactory
- If completed well, compliment and dismiss
- If not, instruct where needs improvement and evaluate again
- You are the LAST to leave the premises
- If a task is not done well, you are the one who must return to the kitchen and redo it
Tip: this job is absolutely essential! As you can tell, this is the person who ensures the kitchen is clean and everyone has done their job. Usually, not everyone needs to be in the kitchen at the same time waiting their turn, though, depending on the circumstances, this can be done also. The supervisor can choose how they want to ‘run their ship’: everyone waits till they can do their part, or call when it’s their turn. This way its NOT you nagging your darling lil angels to finish their task. They get to do it! This teaches them many managerial skills; in addition, they learn if they dilly dally and take all night, the person who was supervisor over them will likely return the favor asap. Thus, to make things easier on everyone (promoting more peace) they may as well get it over with and complete their part quickly so they can return to their life.
Now that everyone on your team has been trained on each task, there really isn’t much struggle about what each job includes. Having the wheel is positively fabulous because there is NO scrapping about whose turn it is and no one can say "its not fair” because everyone gets a turn at the ‘easy job’.
I can, but I really don’t like to yell. So, I have a darling cast iron bell hanging by my back door. When it rings it means to come inside, you’ll see why when you get here. It works famously!
Now you are available to LEAVE THE KITCHEN, because your capable ‘team’ is stepping up to take their turn. I hope you find this dishes job wheel easy, educational, and peace promoting too! I wish you the best and happy savings till next time!
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