16 May 2011

the dishes

Next time someone asks me what I do in my spare time, I'm going to say, "The dishes."

I'm not even feeding a house full of kids and the dishes still pile up so damn quickly. It's the major downside of our culinary experiments. Lots of times I don't mind doing them, because there is something calming about scrubbing the pots and pans clean. But after the third round of the day, COME ON. We are constantly dirtying and cleaning dishes and we are generally only feeding two mouths for crying out loud! Neither of us grew up with dishwashers and, to tell you the truth, I'm not sure I've ever loaded and run a dishwasher completely by myself. So what I'm saying is, I should be used to this but I'm just not.

Do you have a dishwasher? Do you use it? Can you imagine life without it? If YOU are the dishwasher, do you let them pile up and then clean 'em or do you attack them as they come? I can't stand the clutter of a full sink of dishes, so I tend to do a few here and there to keep it manageable. Space is precious in the kitchen :)


  1. Yes, I have a dishwasher. Edith has really taken a liking to unloading it and passing me things to put away. I'm milking it for as long as possible. I'm a real stickler for certain pots/pans, knives and wooden utensils/cutting boards going into the DW, though, so I typically have to wash by hand (then oil the wood), too. I guess if you've never had a DW, you can't miss what you've never had.

    PS - I also remember when I was 12 or 13, my dad bought my mom a DW for Christmas because she said "at some point" she'd like to invest in one. He claimed it freed up more time for them to spend together and it would make her life easier, but I still don't think she ever forgave him :-)

  2. most of the time I don't mind doing dishes and I do them as I cook/bake...unless it's a gross pan/dish, which I'll allow to soak before tackling it. I'll have a dishwasher in the new house...little wary of it though...

  3. I have a brand new dishwasher to replace my old broken down dishwasher and I love it. For three weeks I washed dishes by hand and hated every single second of it. I wanted to get two dishwashers, one for dirty, one for clean, but at $1300 a pop, plus a kitchen redesign that was a no go. I bought a Bosch, the quietest model on the market. I still have to do pots and pans, but if I leave them long enough, my husband does them.

  4. "If I leave them long enough, my husband does them." I love that.


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