So I just realized that the way I do dishes is influenced by basic supply and demand. Here’s the skinny: I don’t wash cups and utensils. Because I believe my roommates are too loose and wasteful in the use of both. So by refusing to wash them, I artificially decrease the supply of available cups and utensils, thus creating a perception of a scarcity of resources, and forcing them to use fewer cups and utensils.
I also do all sorts of ROI analyses when I do dishes. How to arrange them so that they maximize the excess falloff water (stack them from largest size to smallest, and in increasing concavity). And how to minimize the total amount of effort required to get an item clean (if no lipids touched it, clean it right away, otherwise it will get dirtier before it gets cleaner).
I need more free time.