Thursday, March 15, 2012
That's not why we pulled it out though. This last year we (our family) has changed a lot. We've always been a bit weird, and we have been changing slowly and organically over the last 6 years. But we started to realize how much easier it was to just wash our dishes and put them away. Not only did we feel more "green," since we weren't using the electricity and water to run our dishwasher for its hour or so cycle, but it was so nice not to wake up to a full load of dishes to put away while I was trying to make breakfast AND pack a lunch for my husband. So we stopped using it. We use a minimal amount of water, some elbow grease, and our dishes are cleaner than ever. but the best part of washing all of our dishes by hand is the sense of community and relationship it is building. Before, after we had loaded our dishwasher with all of our plates, silverware, and glassware, we just had a few pots and pans to wash which I just left out to dry in the sink. Now, since we have a pile of dishes from of dishes from the eight of us, as well as our pots and pans, it is no longer a one person job. One person needs to wash and another dries and puts the dishes away. It has become a wonderful, and rare, time for my husband and I to talk without my children listening in and piping up. Or my two oldest children laugh and tell crazy jokes or make up silly songs as they wash and dry together. It also can become a special time between a parent and one child, which doesn't happen often in our large family. However it works out, washing and drying dishes becomes a special time for building relationships instead of just a dull chore. Who would have thought?
So we pulled out the dishwasher, gave it away to some friends who needed one, and replaced it with much needed drawers for storing my grains, rice, and dried beans! Its a win, win situation!