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Do not hand-wash all your dishes when the dishwasher breaks

Do not hand-wash all your dirty dishes

The start button on my dishwasher broke. Yes, it did. “When did I buy it?” you ask.

You are so kind to ask. It was purchased on January 27th, 2014. Yes, you are right. I am very lucky it broke within the one year warranty.

The full load of dirty dishes has been emptied and all of my dirty dishes are in the sink and on the counter. My family and I keep taking clean plates and cups our of the cupboard to use. And, every single plate, glass,bowl, cup, spoon, fork, knife, pot, mixing bowl, and frying pan is dirty.

dirty dishes

Would you like to help me wash my dishes?

I had resigned myself to spending the next thirty-six hours standing at the sink hand-washing every single dish and utensil. My kitchen must be completely clean and every dish needs to be put away for me to have a good nights sleep.

No, don’t do it! Do not hand-wash all your dirty dishes when the dishwasher breaks! 

But, I have to hand-wash my dishes. I must have everything clean and put away. What if someone comes to visit and they see dirty dishes in my sink and on my counter. They may think I am a bad housekeeper. They may think I am a bad person.

No, you are not a bad person. Your start button on your dishwasher was bad, not you.

Last night I tried it. I didn’t wash any dishes and I still had a good night sleep.

The dishwasher will be repaired in three days. Until then I will wash a plate when I need one. And the rest can wait until the dishwasher is repaired.

I have stories to write and paintings to paint. My kitchen doesn’t have to be perfect.  Time is precious. Dirty dishes can wait. But my writing and my painting can not.

A clean house is a sign of a wasted life.

And if you come to visit today,  tomorrow, or the day after, I promise I will hand-wash a coffee mug for you.

p.s. I couldn’t find out who first said, “A clean house is a sign of a wasted life.” But, I like them. I wonder if they also said, “A home with dog hair everywhere is a home with love.”

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All my best,
Pamela

About Pamela Hodges

I write slice of life stories to help you know you are loved, valuable and worthy just as you are. I am a writer, an artist, and a cleaner of seven litter boxes. I live in Pennsylvania with one husband, four cats, one dog and two birds.

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  • I don’t own a mechanical dishwasher. However my human dishwasher is really sexy…so no dirty dishes…ever.
    We have a rule in our house. You cook you clean. On the boat, you cook, the other person cleans. I can’t stand dirty dishes – my house is open plan and small as is the boat. Cannot close a door to hide anything away. I’m a neat freak…that doesn’t mean I don’t have a wasted life. You should know that my life is filled to the brim with good stuff.
    I look outside the window and see the mountains or the ocean or both. Plus my kitchen is neat. No time for a cappuccino…clean mugs in the cupboard.
    Hope you are well. How is E?
    Missed you.
    Pxx

    • Now, that is a dishwasher that I would gladly have in my home. I have one too. He is very good at scrubbing pots.
      Yes, Patricia, your life is filled to the brim with good stuff. You inspire me to live life to the fullest and have an adventure at least once a day.
      Life is well and so is E.
      xo
      Pamela

  • Berdeane Bodley

    Well heaven forbid, what a wasted life I have led, I even rinse all my dirty dishes as soon as I use them before I put them in the dishwasher, then , that is just the kind of person I have always been, I worked outside the home but if my house had taken a back seat, then I would have stayed at home to take care of that & my darling children, again, that is just the kind of person I am. So here’s to my wasted life………. 🙂

    • Oh mom, your life was never wasted. You were always there to greet my brother and I when we came home from school.
      A mom’s life is always valuable.

  • I love this Pamela. My dishwasher’s been broken for 3 weeks and the new one is on backorder. Meanwhile, there are more important things to do! It’s so, so, so vital to learn what to say yes to and what to say no to. I still struggle with this but am learning to let the dishes sit (I have 7 kids so yeah, it’s a lot of dishes!).

    • Julie-Anne,
      I still struggle with what to say yes to and what to say no to. I am working on a big creative project, but decided to paint my bedroom.
      The dishwasher is suppose to get fixed today. Then it will have to run for about three days straight to wash everything.
      I wonder where you live? I would love to play with you and your children. Seven baby blessings.

      • Hi Pamela. So glad your dishwasher is getting fixed today. Also, I live near Timmins, Ontario, Canada….wayyyy up North. Far from you. But, maybe someday we will meet in person! 😉 My kids would love to meet Pooh and play with you!

  • I first heard the quote of, “A clean house is a sign of a wasted life” on a game show many many years ago. I still recall the quote, but not the game show.

  • La McCoy

    I just do a few dishes at a time. as we use them. i know every one does not do it this way. but it works for me. Dirty dishes really bother me. But if they do not bother you that is fine. Don’t you have a cat that is in charge of washing dishes. Charlie?

    • Hello Laura,
      Actually, the dirty dishes really bother me. But, standing for 36 hours bothers me more.
      Charlie, the cat, is devastated the dish washer is broken. You have a good memory Laura, as Charlie is in charge of the dishwasher.
      Charlie and Pooh say hello.

      • La McCoy

        I will come and wash your dishes.

  • I have dishes on the counter as well. Our dishwasher broke last year. No, the dishes are on the counter because of a leak in a pipe. Our water is off and we are going to get it fixed today. I am surprised that I have been patient with this. But I’m glad it may be fixed today. It certainly is a good reminder how important our water is.

    • Hello Anne,
      We are dishes on the counter friends today. I am sorry your pipe leaked. Hopefully you will have your water back soon.
      I am thankful I have water. That would be a hard loss.
      xo
      Pamela