Dish Zen

Pardon the eastern philosophy title, but it sounded so apropo to the successful experiment now being conducted in my kitchen. [Note: That photo is not my kitchen, but a reasonable representation of how it looked not so long ago.]

We do not have a dishwashing machine. My dishwasher’s name is Jeff. He was so very overwhelmed with all the dirty utensils, cups, pots, pans, and baking ephemera that would pile up, seemingly of their own accord. I was entirely frustrated that the pile exsisted and my cooking efforts were hampered. What to do?!?

Instead of giving in to incessant nagging or tantrums towards said dishwasher, I hit upon an elegant solution we called Dish Zen. Here is how it works:

Each person (in this case, two bipeds) is allotted a juice glass, a plastic cup, a large water glass, a plate, a bread plate, a cereal bowl, a coffee mug, and a set of utensils. All extraneous items were moved to the upper shelf regions of the kitchen. We did retain the remaining utensils in a plastic bag on the counter so I can use them in cooking purposes only.

We are forced to wash our used dishes every day, or more. The pots & pans are still pretty much the same but are not as daunting. Jeff’s time at the sink has well-nigh been cut in half, at least!

Look, I can see my counter top! I can shine my sink, a la FlyLady, without a hassle. My husband is happy; the world is at balance.

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3 Responses to “Dish Zen”


  1. 1 Ginny April 21, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    I have thought of doing that many times. I may just kick it in gear and get on that, RIGHT NOW! I have been battling with dishes for a few weeks now. It is shameful how many dishes two adults can use… (!)

  2. 2 wilkinson4jesus April 21, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    I thought of doing this too. But with the kids I am not sure how I would implement it. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Very inspiring.

  3. 3 Lacy April 22, 2008 at 9:12 am

    I know we have to do our dishes at least once or twice a day. Usually in the morning / afternoon, and then later after supper.

    But, then, we only have to do them in the morning if we didn’t do them at supper the night before! ๐Ÿ™‚


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