Today I have 7 reasons to share with you of why I’ve started hand washing the dishes rather than use the dishwasher. I know it sounds pretty silly right? But hear me out. 2020 has been a doozie of a year to put it mildly. I’ve decided this small change in my chore routine keeps me busy and gives me a warm cozy feeling inside. I think the warm water is soothing and gives me time to reflect on other things.
It’s also Cozy Living Saturday hosted by Jennifer, she puts together a monthly post of all things cozy; where I’ve been invited to share my ideas. Please click the links below to see the other posts from this months roundup.
I know it sounds crazy but doing the dishes brings me JOY. Years back when my only option was to wash dishes by hand it didn’t make me feel very joyful. But as I get older the simple task of washing the few dishes hubby and I create gives me time to be THANKFUL.
Who in their right mind is thankful to be doing dishes? Well right now that’s me. It keeps my hands busy and keeps me focused on what being truly thankful is all about. Yes I can fire up the automatic dishwasher and not bother with doing them the old fashioned way, but right now I thankful to have the distraction from the world around me.
Since it’s winter time in Michigan KEEPING WARM is a priority and plunging my cold hands into the warm and soothing dish water takes those winter chills away. For me once my hands and feet get cold it’s all over; my entire body is shivering. Dish doing is much like drinking a cup of warm tea for me, it warms me up all over.
It doesn’t sound like it but doing dishes is a SIMPLE PLEASURE for me right now. I’m taking time to really reflect on what maters and some of the most simple things mean the most to me. I’m determined to keep finding the simple things in life as 2021 progresses.
TIME FOR PRAYER
I never realized how much PRAYER TIME I could get in while washing a few simple dishes. God is always there to listen no matter what I’m doing, and praying while I work seem like the perfect combination. Slowing down and spending time in prayer is one of my most looked forward to time of the day; and why not scrub a few pans while I’m at it?
Now that it’s just hubby and I it takes forever for us to accumulate enough dishes to run the dishwasher. I know, I know the experts say doing dishes by hand takes more water than running a dishwasher but that just doesn’t seem logical to me. Any-who hubby is out of town a lot and it’s just me so at most I’ll have one cup, a plate, and few pieces of silverware to wash once a day so it’s much easier to do them by hand.
Last of all dish washing seems to be relaxing to me. It’s a great way to wind down at the end of the night with my nice warm hands and my heart full of joy. I do believe as I get older the little things are way more important to me than I ever could have imagined.
So what do your prefer, washing by hand or using a dishwasher? Don’t get me wrong if I make a big meal or bake I do use the dishwasher since it’s a full load. But for now I’ll spend my time enjoying my simple cozy method. Thanks for dropping in today and don’t forget to click the links below for more Cozy January ideas.
- Countertop: Black Concrete, with Exposed Aggregate Edges (DIY)
- Sink: Black Silgranit
- Cupboards: Custom Made (by Amish) in Shaker Style
- Bowls: World Market
- Green Mug: World Market
- White Bowl: Vintage
- Dish Scrubber: Bamboo, Amazon
- White Plates: Corelle
- Dishpan: Vintage
- Dish Strainer: Amazon
- Kitchen Lights: Exterior Barn Lights, Menards