Clean or Dirty?

Spark of Creatvity has a project that I’ve been needing to implement in my house.

Our dishwasher is at the end of the coffee bar peninsula.
Our dishwasher is at the end of the coffee bar peninsula.

Charlie never seems to know if the dishes in the dishwasher are clean or dirty. (I can tell by the smell if all else fails.)

The graphic: "Clean" and "Dirty" and a business-card size magnet.
The graphic: “Clean” and “Dirty” and a business-card size magnet.

I printed out Spark’s graphic then trimmed the 2 business-card-sized words.

Put wrong sides together with tops in opposite directions.
Put wrong sides together with tops in opposite directions.

I cut a magnetic business card in half the long way and lined up the “clean” and “dirty” sides upside down from each other.

The dark side of the magnet is the magnetic side.
The dark side of the magnet is the magnetic side.

Put the “sticky” side of the magnet upright according to which side the writing is up. (Perfectly clear? I made it and I don’t understand.)

The self-stick laminating film is folded around the sandwiched magnet. (The film is just visible on the desk.)
The self-stick laminating film is folded around the sandwiched magnet. (The film is just visible on the desk.)

Then I used a piece of adhesive laminating film to hold it together.

The preferred display: Clean.
The preferred display: Clean.

Unfortunately the “dirty” side is up more than the “clean” side.

There, Charlie. "Dirty" dishes in the dishwasher.
There, Charlie. “Dirty” dishes in the dishwasher.

Fortunately we have a convenient place to keep dirty dishes.

Do you wash dishes by hand or machine?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

10 thoughts on “Clean or Dirty?”

  1. I used to have one of those years ago – it was so helpful! I am usually the culprit when it comes to adding dirty dishes to the clean dishwasher dishes… oops… maybe I should make one of these too!

  2. Cute little project. I actually think that the preferred sign would be dirty because that means that you can put dishes in there without doing anything. In our house, we both hate putting the dishes away.

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