Friday, 15 July 2016
Why We Haven't Bought A New Dishwasher
Several weeks ago our dishwasher died. Full of greasy bacon pans and plates from a Saturday morning men's prayer breakfast, it just gave up. I can understand this. I would've given up too. My heart sank. Yet another expense to pay out. It hadn't even occurred to me that washing up longer term might be an option.
I spent the whole weekend washing up. This made me feel very cross. I had now become the dishwasher.
So, I devised a rota. Everyone is on the rota at least twice - once for washing and once for drying. And, guess what? We've actually started to quite like this arrangement.
Here's what we've learnt:
1. As the boys have grown older, they have started to slope off after mealtimes and we don't see them. If they're on the washing up rota, they have to hang around even longer than the meal which makes family time last longer.
2. Washing and drying up together gives us chance to chat. Time together is becoming more rare now they want to be with their mates instead of us boring and embarrassing parents, but this time working together gives a precious opportunity for one to one talking. Oh the revelations we've discovered in the last few weeks....!
3. Drying up whilst a particular child is washing gives us an excellent (and breath-holdingly uncomfortable) chance to learn patience as they leave the hot water running and squeeze half the bottle of washing up liquid into one plate.
4. Our boys had no idea how to wash up. Seriously. I was shocked. They can do their own laundry, clean toilets, empty bins, cook meals and hoover but they couldn't wash up! It was a sharp learning curve.
5. My kitchen actually looks tidier. Instead of everything piling up ready for the dishwasher, it's washed, dried and put away and it leaves the kitchen clean.
6. It doesn't take as long as I expected. Ten minutes max (unless Max is washing up, and then it's slightly longer due to the extra time added when he is surprised each time he is told he has to wash everything and 'no, you haven't finished yet'.).
7. Glasses are really quite breakable in the slippery soaped-up but enthusiastic hands of an eight year old.
8. Tea-towel whip fights can leave quite nasty marks. The wetter the tea-towel, the redder the mark. Bet you didn't know that.
And so, we might not actually go back to having a dishwasher. Rather than being another expense to pay, we've actually gained masses.
Will we ever have a dishwasher again? Ask me in another few months... the novelty may have worn off and we may have no glasses left...