So I mentioned in an earlier post how we've been working on steps to free ourselves of stress and working in more positive ways. What a better place to start this example, than visiting my kitchen sink.
time these photos were taken, was after 2pm yesterday. Should I feel
embarrased? There are various states of cleanliness happening here
though. But I guess together it still looks a right mess.
is the business end. This is where all the dirty dishes get stacked. I
tend to always have dishes here, even once I've done a load of dishes.
If my sink water has gotten too dirty, I hold some back for the next
load of dishes.
is the partially clean end. I've already put away the clean dishes,
but some clean cutlery and large cookware still remains. The cutlery is
easy enough to put away, but the larger cookware requires some heavy
lifting into a low cupboard - so I haven't raced to complete this task
finally, this is the very opposite of the business end. Everything
here is clean too, I just haven't figured what I'm going to do with them
yet. I still don't have a permanent home for the steel thermos, I have
some jars I have to decide if I'm keeping or recycling, and there are
some plastics I'm rethinking the purpose for also, so they don't have a
permanent home either.
I always have my kitchen sink
used for something related to dishes. I very rarely have a completely
bare sink. This has only been a recent development in the past few
months. It happened to coincide with my dishwasher springing a
leak. I've successfully replaced other parts on the dishwasher myself,
but this time the leak is inaccessible. Or at least it is by someone who
doesn't know how to fully take apart a dishwasher yet.
I've had to contemplate - what is the value of a dishwasher to me? I
used to love it because I could put a full load of dishes on AND do a
load of hand dishes, to get me a mostly clutter-free sink within 30
minutes. I could also keep dirty dishes off the sink by stacking the
dishwasher as we used stuff throughout the day.
it came to cleanliness though, I sometimes had to redo dishes which
weren't washed properly in the machine. At the time our dishwasher
sprung a leak, we had some other expenses arrive and fixing the
dishwasher just didn't seem like a major priority. So I've been living
with my staggered levels of cleanliness on my sink ever since.
arrangement like this would have bothered me before, as I placed a lot
of emphasis on organisation. I wanted to be away from the kitchen sink
as quickly as possible. Yet as I've let the dishwasher go in importance,
I've realised I'm actually capable of organising mess without
stressing. It just means I don't always have a perfectly clear sink in
the shortest amount of time possible.
that the emphasis most home makers aspire to: always having a clean
home? I wonder how realistic that was for home makers before machines
came along however? I wonder how many kitchens remained spotless?
advantages to having machines to help with daily tasks - just which
ones are the ones we should fund for our lifetimes? I like having a
washing machine for cleaning clothes, but do I really need to stress
over repairing a dishwasher that never really did the job as good as me
Sometimes it's worth dropping the stress levels
and picking up the task at hand, with a positive look at the
advantages. I've realised it's not about the money or the convenience
any more - it was just taking the time to deal with what was really
stressing me. I expected to have a clean sink in the shortest amount of
How realistic is that, with all the demands placed upon modern families today?
Do you have expectations associated to your work which stresses you too much?