This is not my most environmental statement of the day: I love the dishwasher.
But it’s true, because the existence of this appliance means that I don’t have to wash each item by hand and then put them away one at a time. It appeals to the lazy in me.
Unfortunately, lazy me still has to unload when it's done. One way I have found to ease the peskiness of this task is to house the silverware with like items in the dishwasher bins.
Forks on the left, spoons on the right. Big in back, small in front. Knives in the middle.
It doesn’t take any longer to load dirty ones this way and it saves the annoyance of having to sort the clean ones on the unload.
It’s just a few seconds of time, but somehow this little efficiency makes the chore more bearable. In the end, I can use those extra few seconds to go do something good for the environment.