In light of our impending move next weekend I have decided that I am going to stop using our dishwasher. Our new house does not have a dishwasher, so I figure it will be good to get used to not having a dishwasher while I still have one. Does that make any sense?
I know that washing all your dishes by hand is much different from using a dishwasher. I have not been dishwasher-less for a few years now so I am sure this is going to be a bit of an adjustment. I figure I can use this next week to sort of get the kinks out and establish a “dishwasher routine”. This way if I completely fail at keeping up with the dishes I am not standing in front of a sink for two hours with my seven-month-pregnant-self washing piles and piles of dishes. (if you don’t know, standing in front of a sink for any length of time is very, very hard on a seven-month-pregnant-back)
So, starting tomorrow I am done with our dishwasher. (hopefully.)
If any of you, my loyal readership, have any advice please let me know the best way to keep up with the dishes. And too remember I have a two-year-old. This is important in the dish world because he goes through more dishes than is necessary because he’s two.
My plan of action so far is to wash dishes after every meal. The snack dishes, and cups etc that accumulate between meals will just be rinsed and put into the sink until the after meal dish washing.
Or would it be best to wash dishes as we use them?
Let me know your thoughts on that please.
The one thing that makes me happy to be “getting rid” of the dishwasher is that it will save water. Which is good on many levels. The first benefit of course is on the environment. The second of course is on our water bill. (We have a well at our new house! No more water bills! YAY!) The third is that when I used to wash dishes by hand-before I got lazy and acquired a dishwasher-I loved washing dishes. There was nothing better than taking something dirty making it clean and knowing that I did it. I know, I know- I am weird. But I’m okay with that.
Now I need to go and run the dishwasher one last time before my “last washing” is over.