I can pack the dishwasher better than my husband can. I can cram MANY more dishes in there. I can pack the dishwasher better than my sons can too.
I think it's genetic. Some "dishwasher" gene handed down to them from their father, and his father before him, and his father before him, and so on.
You won't find anything about the dishwasher gene in the history books. I think it's one of those best kept secrets that no one ever talks about. But it's a known fact.
I heard it from my mother's sister's doctor's nurse's brother's vet's receptionist's hair stylist. And everyone knows that a hair stylist sees and talks to lots of people throughout the day and so she knows everything that's going on everywhere. At least, mine does.
For some reason men, at least MY men, look at the racks and all the dividers and places in the dishwasher and think "Hmmmmm.....how can I possibly waste as much space as possible?"
See? It's a gift.
It's also the man-pack thing. Their motto is:
Whereas a woman's motto is:
Silverware, however, is a different story. The dishwasher gene tells them "By all means, let's load ALL the silverware in the first slot. Why go to all the trouble to bend a bit further and put the silverware in any of the other slots?"
It further whispers in their ear, "Seriously. Why bend at all when there's a perfectly good slot right in front just waiting for you. Yes, let's just stick ALL the silverware in the first slot and be done with it."
Then there's the pan theory. The pan theory is when you put two big pans in the dishwasher that really don't fit, thus eliminating all other possibility of loading any other dishes in there. Thereby making the wife hand wash eight plates, six bowls, a couple of serving dishes and several glasses and cups, all so that TWO pans can fit.
The dishwasher gene says "Don't worry. It will all pan out in the end."
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