Guys, I need some help. I turned 30 this year and still live my life in the midst of piles of dishes, laundry, and paper clutter. And so I’ve decided to start a new series of monthly posts to ask you for advice and to ask you to hold me accountable to getting on top of this (hopefully once and for all). I’ll be researching, trialing, and writing on different problems areas around the house.
First you need to know: this is in no way written to criticize or heap guilt on those of you who don’t have spotless houses (because honestly who has time for that?) and I absolutely do not want you to feel that this is something you need to have together. Life is full, I know, and sometimes (or often or always) these things take a back seat for various reasons. I will not judge you if I show up at your house and your piles of laundry are higher than mine, honest!
Here is my why in all of this:
- I’ve learned that less clutter in my house equates to less clutter in my brain, leaving me freed up to better focus on what I’m doing or who I’m with.
- I believe that if I stay on top of these things as opposed to letting them build up, they will take less time overall and I’ll have more time to do other things that I enjoy or that I need to get done (that said, there may come a time where I wash the dishes by hand so I can spend time chatting with my son when he’s older, in which case time spent doing dishes would become a priority).
Kinfolk magazine (my absolute favorite by the way, I could just crawl inside and curl up, breathing deeply for awhile) recently published the Essentials Issue. I loved the idea of essentialism, which isn’t about seeing how little we can get by with, but figuring out what we can’t live without. This is how I want to live: discovering what is essential in my life, what brings joy and gives purpose, and do those things, have those things, be those things (currently housework, although necessary, is not those things; however, having it done is).
And so. First up: dishes. This is my kitchen sink and counter (except maybe if you’ve called ahead of time to let me know you’re coming over… maybe).
Stephen and I were talking recently about why it is our dishes pile up like this. It turns out that I always thought dishes should be done after meals and he believed the best time to do them was while you are prepping meals (clean as you go and finish up last meal’s dishes). This has resulted in me expecting to do them after, but as soon as the meal was done Stephen wanted to go out for the evening or sit down and relax after the long day, so we’d just add them to the pile. So simple, right? How has it taken us over 5 years to figure this out?!
So, friends, there’s got to be some of you who are fantastic at this! How do you stay on top of the dishes? What are your favorite dish cleaning products (anyone have a dishwasher soap that doesn’t leave a fine grit on glasses?)? And how do you make it fun? As well, feel free to post any other dish-related questions you may have!