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Look Mom, Dishpan Hands!

Filed under: Living with a disability,Motivation — by at 11:50 am on Monday, September 8, 2008

Our clean kitchen After living in this home for nearly 7.5 years, I have finally figured out how to keep this kitchen fairly clean and tidy. Don’t use the dishwasher!

Allow me to explain:

With only the two of us, it takes us a few days to fill the dishwasher. Unless it is then emptied right after the cycle is done, the clean dishes sit in there for a day or two — something else seemingly more important needs doing. Meanwhile, dirty dishes stack up in the sink and on the counter; a fact I’m not proud of, but how things are.

However, I have discovered by washing the dishes myself each evening, that bottleneck of a dishwasher is avoided. By spending 15-20 minutes cleaning up after supper, the next morning I wake up to a tidy kitchen. What a way to greet the day!

And, standing at the sink, washing the dishes gives me some standing time, which makes my legs much happier. They no longer hurt and jump around while I’m trying to fall sleep.

No doubt, I’m saving a bit of hydro, too!

Almost out of dishwashing soap, yesterday I splurged and bought a bottle of Ultra Palmolive Aromatherapy with lavender and ylang ylang essences to try. I figured if I am washing dishes, it might as well make it as pleasurable as possible. Besides, the stuff is purple – my favourite colour!

Which time-saving device is causing you stress?

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Comment by Marina Martin

September 8, 2008 @ 12:22 pm

I love handwashing dishes – it’s a calming break from the day and really satisfying to a Type A personality like me. (We have a mini-dishwasher so I hand-wash some and auto-wash others.) Great story.

On an opposite note, I will say that my Roomba (“Sir Percy”) has hugely changed my life for the better and even with three cats and a 2,200-sq ft home I only reach for the manual vac for the stairs.

Comment by Susan Murphy

September 8, 2008 @ 4:09 pm

I find sometimes that my Blackberry, which is supposed to save time, ultimately is a stress causer. It goes off at the most inopportune times, and messages received can take my focus away from important things. To counter this I have it set to automatically shut off and turn on at specific times in the day. Works much better that way.

Also, last year I broke down and I hired a cleaning lady, to come every two weeks. Best decision I ever made! We have four pets so the fur factor in our house is quite enormous. It wasn’t too expensive, and really, just cutting out my Starbucks addiction saved me enough money to be able to afford her!

Comment by Suzie Cheel

September 8, 2008 @ 11:50 pm

Des will love this post- we used to have a dishwasher now Des is the dishwasher.

Wow that must have been a lot of coffe you were having- your body will love you more for less caffeine

looks like we maybe coming to LV earlier, so maybe we will get to have a meal- will tweet you when i have it confirmed- maybe Tuesday pm


Comment by Karen Putz / DeafMom

September 9, 2008 @ 8:01 am

I hate doing dishes and I actually love running the dishwasher, so I’ll never change in that department!

I find that using a plug in popcorn popper is a time waster. I find it much easier to cook popcorn on the stove and toss the pan in the… dishwasher. 🙂

Comment by Scott Duehlmeier

September 9, 2008 @ 8:52 pm

I find that washing the dishes can become almost a zen-like experience. The key? A little music while you wash. My iPod somehow takes me away…much like the old soap commercial for Calgon. A little Sleepthief makes it seem like the dishes do themselves. Sidenote…my wife came in and said, “Instead of writing about it, why don’t you go do it.” I’m off…fun post!

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