Who else thinks there’s a certain way to load the dishwasher?! For some reason, Ed & I can’t agree on how to load the dishwasher! Every time he puts the dishes inside, I come back like the crazy woman and start moving plates, bowls, glasses around. Is it wrong to want to maximize our dishwasher space? Who else does this?!

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Hi everyone, it’s Alejandra. And I am in my kitchen in front of the dishwasher and I’m going to show you guys how I like to organize and store all my dishes in the dishwasher. It seems to be like the great debate inside our house how to put dishes away inside the dishwasher. Like Ed likes to – when he does the dishes and I’m so thankful he does the dishes but when he does them, he just kind of puts them anywhere inside the dishwasher. He’ll put a bowl with the mugs, he’ll put a plate with bowls, and they’re not really categorized.

And so when the next meal comes or when the next time comes to clean up the kitchen, I’ll come here or I’ll come to the sink area and the dishwasher and start shuffling things around, start categorizing just because it bothers me so much and I just feel like if things aren’t sorted properly in the dishwasher then space is wasted and I want to try to maximize space. So yeah, so I’m going to show you exactly how I like to do it.

How to Load the Dishwasher

So here’s my dishwasher and I’m going to show you guys the top rack first. OK. So this is the top rack of the dishwasher. And the top rack is where I keep all of the cups and the bowls only. Those are the only two things that I store at the top rack of the dishwasher. I always put all of the glasses and the cups on the very side of the dishwasher because they seem to just fit perfectly on the sides. And then I put all the bowls in the middle. And you’ll notice that I put all the same glasses together and then all the same cups together and all the same bowls together and then all the same bowls together, which by the way, these are my favorite bowls. These are made by Crate & Barrel. They’re from the outlet. I think they are called like the Confetti Bowls. I just love them. I love the colors. I love – I don’t know. They’re just fun.

I sort everything by category. When you sort everything by category, I feel like it saves space. Like if you look at these glasses, there’s really not much wasted space in between each one. The same thing with the bowls, there’s really not much wasted space. And yeah, I could fit like a few more things right here which if I’m about to run the load, I’ll see what else I can fit in the sides. But this is pretty standard how I organize the top rack.

And then the bottom rack of the dishwasher is where I store all of the plates, the bigger bowls. So yeah, small bowls here and then the bigger bowls down here, and then all of the eating utensils. And you’ll see that I never put any pots, pans, or Tupperware or serving utensils inside the dishwasher. I just feel like they’re too big, they’re too bulky and I rather hand wash them and reserve the dishwasher space for the everyday stuff like the plates, the small plates, the small bowls, and then the utensils, and the cutting board.

So yeah, OK. So I always put all the cutting boards in the very back here which I guess is kind of like the front if you’re looking at it from this angle. And then I put the big square plates in front of the cutting board followed by the smaller plates and then our Confetti colorful plates on this side. And does it always stay like this? No, not really because we use different plates and bowls and eating utensils every single day but this is what it looks like for a normal load.

And then for the forks and knives, what I like to do is categorize them when I put them inside the dishwasher. So I’ll put all the big spoons together, the little spoons together, the big forks, the small forks, and then the knives over here. And I like to zigzag them like you’ll see this spoon is facing forward, this one is upside down because I feel like if you zigzag them, then you’re going to not have all the spoons facing the same way like this and then they’re not going to get cleaned. So zigzag them and then categorize them.

It just makes it a lot easier when you’re putting things away because you can just grab all the spoons and then just put them away in your drawer. It’s not like sorting because you’re not having to store when you’re putting them away, if that makes sense.

And then this right here and then that space right there, I usually reserve for like the odd-shaped things like we only have two of these big bowls which by the way, these are my favorite bowls, well, besides the Confetti ones. I actually painted this myself. This is a watermelon. I love this one. And then this is an orange one. I actually just made this one like two months ago. These are like the bowls that we use when we have – when Ed and I have jumbo ice cream sundaes like it’s a huge bowl for an ice cream sundae, isn’t it? But it’s so much fun. We just totally gorge sometimes.

So, that’s the bottom rack. And again, categorize everything because it’s going to save time when you’re putting things away and you’re going to – I think you’re going to save space if you categorize it, when you’re putting things inside the dishwasher.

Is that a little weird that I like to organize and shuffle stuff around the dishwasher? You guys can let me know if that’s weird or maybe you do the same thing. Who knows? Leave a comment below or create a video response and let me know. And if you want more organizing tips, you can visit my website at Alejandra.TV. I’ll see you guys soon. Bye!

About Alejandra

About Alejandra

Since 2008, organizing expert & certified life coach, Alejandra Costello has taught thousands of students in 132 countries how to get organized through her video-based training programs. Her YouTube videos have been viewed 100+ million times. Named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV and “The Decluttering Queen” by Good Morning America, Alejandra’s expertise has been featured in The New York Times,, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Parents Magazine, and CBS. 


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