Magnetic Misery

My wife created magnet signs that say “clean” and “dirty.” You supposedly attach the “clean” sign to the dishwasher when you start it and trade it with the “dirty” sign after unloading the dishwasher. But nobody remembers to change the signs on a regular basis. Some households can probably tell if the dishes are clean just by looking at them. Unfortunately our crummy dishwasher often makes cleaned dishes still look dirty. Last Monday, I found both magnets attached to the dishwasher door. They are probably both accurate. But they paralyze me. Not only do I not know what to do with the dishes in the dishwasher, I do not know if I should go on a rant about wanting to abandon the system altogether. But that would be like my crazy plan to stop brushing my teeth because they keep getting extracted by the dentist anyway. So I have been using paper plates this week. We ran out of them. So I added them to the list stuck on the refrigerator magnet. My wife keeps forgetting that list when she goes shopping or she forgets whether she already replenished the paper plates but forgot to scratch it off the list. I would go to the grocery store myself but I am not allowed to do that or to touch the washer and dryer. I am authorized to use the toaster oven but I am scared because it has no magnet sign to remind me to turn it off.

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