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Want to hear something crazy? Our new house doesn’t have a dishwasher.

Posted on: February 27, 2010

Want to hear something even crazier? I’m really glad.

Ok, I’ll give you a moment to compose yourself.

Better now?

The first time I toured the house, I didn’t notice the lack of dishwasher. But sure enough, it’s not there. The kitchen is a galley design, meaning it’s long and narrow. The house was built in 1959, and while other parts of the house are very up-to-date, the kitchen is not. The kitchen is something Jonathan and I discussed a lot before putting in an offer: could we live with it as-is?

Yes. And I love it.

We’re a family that hosts. A lot. In fact, I’m fairly certain Hispanic and hosting are spelled the same. So, why would I love “wasting” time in the kitchen? Because, and this is where things get crazy, it’s simple.

I didn’t have a dishwasher until my family built our house when I was 17. Actually, I take that back, my family did have a dish washer: me. And while at the time, washing dishes for my entire family was by no means fun, it was usually the only part of my day that was just to myself. I’ve been telling Jonathan lately, that in all the chaos, all the facebooking, blogging, playdating, 1/2 marathon training, news-updating world that has become my life, I’m really longing for something that takes it back a few steps. And hand washing dishes is one of those.

We do plan to remodel at some point. Since hosting is a big part of our lives and the kitchen is the natural place where we gather, we would like to make it more inviting for our “extended familia”. But, the ideas we have are going to take time to see through. Which means, in the mean time, I’m going old school.

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11 Responses to "Want to hear something crazy? Our new house doesn’t have a dishwasher."

Even crazier?– I TOTALLY agree! I love not having a dishwasher. It’s very relaxing and satisfying. I don’t love doing milky sippy cups, but that’s minor. 🙂

we have a dishwasher but don’t use it! 🙂 andy likes dishes on right away.. me too! i hate the smell of a dishwasher and a dirty disposal. naste!

When I was growing up, doing dishes with my mom was one of the best times to talk about my day at school, etc.!! Good bonding time! Get a couple big stools for those little girls and have at it!!:)

BTW-I am so excited for you to move over by the Meyer’s!! I loved living close to Nathan’s family in Ames when our boys were little! However, I know you will miss Abdo’s and already miss Leah and fam!

We have a dishwasher in our rental house and it’s awful so I don’t use it for a ton. I end up washing anything plastic, all pots, pans, knives, etc. And I actually enjoy it! About 4 o’clock every day I try to get everything clean before I cook dinner and make more mess. That may seem weird, but it works for me!

kuddos to you and those who can handle life w/out a dishwasher. i have found though after not having one for ayr that I’m more apt to wash a dish by hand and don’t worry/fret if everything doesn’t fit in the dishwasher!

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Hey Sarah, I found this picture on your blog and used it in my own. Hope you don’t mind. I referenced you as my source. So, I was browsing thru your blog – very cool blog! I gotta say, my post about dishwashing is probably opposite of your post. I’m dreaming dishwasher dreams right about now.

I saw you want to learn conversational spanish on your 30 before 30. Me too! My fiance is Mexican. I picked up a lot in the past 5 years of our relationship. I understand a lot. I just can’t speak very well.

I see you have had your blog a very long time! I started my 1st blog about a year ago. I’m on my 2nd blog. I switched for personal reasons… anywho 🙂 I like your blog and wanted to say hello.

In my home, my husband actually does all the dishes. We have a dishwasher, but it seems that he washes the dishes and then puts them in the dishwasher! (Seems like a waste of water, but I don’t like doing dishes, so I’m definitely not going to complain about how he does them). I can sympathize with you about having some time to yourself to think though!

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