So something happened a few weeks ago that hasn't happened in nine years of wedded bliss....we used our china. Ya know, the thousands of dollars worth of plates, glasses, gravy boats, serving spoons, and silverware that has sat for display only since before our wedding in 2005....yeah, I finally broke it out. Unfortunately, I also broke a glass...hence the whole one of the reasons I don't like to use it!
The occasion was Easter and since I was hosting I decided it was worth the effort to peel off the stickers (yup, I'm that person), give them a rinse, set the fancy table, enjoy a good meal and then get to work hand washing and drying. Uh....my husband took the washing job and put me on drying duty. That is the worst.
As we were eating off and admiring our brand spankin'
After hearing that story, I made a vow to use my china more. But wouldn't you know as I was loading my china in the top rack of the dishwasher for a rinse (and then hand dry) following Easter dinner, I broke one of the glasses as it clanked against another. See! This is why I don't use it..that was probably like a $40 wine glass that I drank out of one time.
Regardless, I was determined to find more uses for my china and an easier way to wash and dry it. Thankfully, I found the new Rubbermaid's Deluxe Kitchen Drainer at Target (totally scored with Target Cartwheel's 15% off discount offer) and it has quickly become my new BFF.
But with my Rubbermaid Dish Rack on top of the drying pad the glasses get some real air flow and actually dry in just a few minutes without me hand drying them.
Of course, I'm not using my china everyday or even even week, but at least now I feel confident that I have a sturdy places to dry the delicate dishes without having to hand dry them.
While I picked up the Rubbermaid Deluxe Kitchen Drainer to encourage me to use my china more, I have found it's super useful for day to day dish drying, as well. No more leaning the heavy wood cutting board against the back splash to dry out...it fits on the drying rack and the pool of water goes on the drying mat instead of all over my counter!
It also has a lot of dividers so a full meal's worth of dishes can dry at the same time - saving me tons of time and work on pots, pans, thermoses, you name it that can't go in the dishwasher. I also like that it has a spot for smaller items and three large utensil drying areas. Plus, by taking out the utensil bin, a pyrex dish will stand up!
There's one more thing...yes, I'm still bragging on my dish rack. I don't know about you, but I like the look of a clean and tidy counter, and this Rubbermaid Dish Rack fits right in with the look and feel of my kitchen. It has has a sleek look to match stainless steel appliances so it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb or make my counters look too cluttered.
And with that...I'm off to do something other than dry dishes!
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