Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Dishwasher - Convenience or Not?

I am considering getting rid of our dishwasher.  

Hear me out...

My 87-year-old grandmother has never owned a dishwasher.  She cooks 3 meals a day (always has).  If she can survive, so can I.

I know that there are great dishwashers out there.  Mine is not one of them.  I basically have to wash all dishes before they go into the dishwasher.  Talk about irony!  If there are any crumbs or anything on a dish when it goes into the dishwasher, it will be there when it comes out.

I can probably handwash my dishes in the time it takes me to rinse and scrape them before loading the dishwasher.  Plus, washing dishes would be a great character-builder for my sons.  And it may give us time to talk if one of them is responsible for helping me each evening.  That would be nice.

If I remove the dishwasher, I can use that space for storage.  Rather than add a cabinet, I can just cover the space with pretty fabric on a tension rod.  It would be a great place to keep potatoes (dark).  I could also store some larger kitchen devices there (breadmaker, extra large Tupperware-type bowls).  Or maybe I could create a shelf and put the microwave on top and storage on the bottom.  Talk about freeing up counter space!

Honestly, the more I think about it, the more I want to get rid of it.

Am I crazy?

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