I am not a big fan of doing the dishes. I have been known to hide from them.
In fact, I am pretty sure that doing the dishes is the worst chore that has ever existed.
Far worse than cleaning the bathroom.
I have tried for years to figure out ways to avoid doing the dishes. None of my plans have proved successful. Turns out they are a necessary evil.
There was a short time, after reading about the Duggar’s, that we used only paper products, this worked for a bit but I found it only created more garbage and that didn’t jive with my green side.
Thankfully we have a dishwasher.
That doesn’t seem to make it better but I know that having to do all of these dishes by hand would send me into insanity. In fact, there was a short time where we lived in a house without one.
This was a very dark time that I try very hard not to remember.
Doing the dishes is not fun.
It takes too long and is messy and dirty.
I decided last week, that with all of the simplifying that has been going on here lately, it was finally time to conquer the kitchen. This was not a particularly difficult task. I have never been much of a kitchen hoarder. In less than an hour, I was able to scale down most of our cooking utensils and knives. I also addressed our plates and bowls.
It turned out that we had way too many!
Cups as well. We had enough to feed an army!
Perhaps this is why I hate doing the dishes? We just have too many!
Not really, but it has really made a difference.
We now have 10 bowls, 10 large plates and 10 small plates. I kept a few more than 10 cups because we use only glass mason jars and we tend to break about one a week. We have only 5 mugs.
To some of you this may sound a bit crazy. What about when company comes, or for parties? Well, we do have a very large family that we see fairly often. When they visit I will be prepared with compostable paper products to use. We don’t see them enough to keep a never ending stockpile of dishes, just for visits and parties. What happens when we have too much, is we end up using 7 cups each per day, or several plates. This is not cool. Pretty sure this is why I hate doing the dishes.
I have also scaled down our knives. I have three sharp knives that I use for food prep. I had 13.
I don’t think we have even used some of them and we have had them for over 12 years.
It has been about 4 days since I downsized our dishes.
I have to say I like it.
In fact I LOVE IT.
Now, I make sure that the dishwasher is filled after every meal. Emptying the dishwasher is so much easier,now that I don’t have to deal with an insane amount of dishes to put away. I am amazed at how quickly I can do it now! I am a speed demon! I think it also helps that I have stopped complaining while I empty as well.
As for cups, the kids have started keeping track of their glasses a bit more. A bit. This will take time.
I am so happy that I have simplified my kitchen. This minimalism thing is pretty awesome.
The moral of this simplifying tidbit is, Less is best!