Yesterday I washed all my dishes by hand. Then I did it again today.
I have a perfectly functioning dishwasher, so why?
I recently read a book by Joshua Becker titled “the more of less”. In this book he has a section on why he stopped using his dishwasher. It’s an interesting read, you can read it here. At first my thoughts were, “You have got to be kidding me! Why would anyone not use their dishwasher if they had one?” A few couple months earlier in fact, I’d shared with a good friend my top time-saving tip of running my dishwasher many times as day full rather than hand washing one single dish. But now, things have changed, and this is what I’ve learned in 2 days:
I became more thankful.
Each cup, plate, bowl (you get the picture) that I washed, I thought about how blessed we are. And that stopped me thinking about all the negatives of the day. It reminded me that there’s so much good in the little, little things.
Everything was clean.
I needed something later that I’d washed. Usually this would lead to a great hunt through the kitchen only to discover it sitting dirty in the dishwasher, waiting for it to be full, so it could be turned on. Not this time!
I finished what I started, right away.
Once I finished all my baking (2 lots of mini pizzas, 1 batch of Vegemite and cheese scrolls, and 1 batch of pizza sauce and cheese scrolls) and making dinner (Lentil Vegie rotolo bake – with a few variations), I washed all the dishes, while someone else dried and put away. Then it was done. Done! My brain thanked me by mentally crossing off that item from my subconscious list. I felt lighter.
Will I keep hand washing? I think I will in the short-term. I’m enjoying the simplicity of the basic act of washing dishes, and spending that time with my family. I’m agreeing with everything in Joshua’s article, surprisingly! I only cook 3 days a week, so most days the dishes are fairly straight forward too. Yes, definitely in the short term I will.
What do you think?
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