We took the huge stacks of hand-me-down dishes from the dish drawer and put them in an out-of-the-way cabinet. Each of the four of us chose a plate, mug, large bowl, small bowl, and utensils that we placed in the dish drawer.
After each meal, we wash, dry, and put away what we used. Additionally, while cooking, we wash the dishes we use instead of letting them pile up.
Are the kids on board? Actually, yeah. And because of the way the conversation unfolded at the dinner table the night we made this decision, they actually think it was their idea. I’d love to know how that happened…and how to make it happen more often!
Why I like our new method:
- I think we use less water and energy. I use about 1 sink of hot water each meal. I use a pitcher to catch the cool water while I wait for the hot and pour it in our water filter to drink.
- The dishes are always clean when we need them.
- The kids are pitching in with chores more.
- Dish washing actually seems more appealing and like less of a chore. It’s a more deliberate act. Granted, maybe it’s just the novelty…
A week into this and I think we’ll keep it up. I’m interested in seeing if our energy and water bills are any different this month. And it will be interesting to see if we can more permanently pack away (or even get rid of) most of the extra dishes!