This is a true story. I once stayed for a couple months in a college town, in a house with like six other people, while at stats camp. Yes, that’s right – stats camp for grown ups. Anyhow, every other person in the house owned their own full set of dishes. Six plates, bowls, cups, etc., etc. Each set was a different color. This was so no one else had to wash anyone else’s dishes. The end result was that there was always two sinks full of dirty dishes. Dishes on the tables and on every counter, and still somehow the cabinets were also full of dishes! I may have cooked in that kitchen just once or twice. My claustrophobia would kick in and I’d flee.
Now I don’t have to contend with messy roommates – just myself! It seems like there is always a pile of dirty dishes in my kitchen. I haven’t lived here very long, but somehow, before I knew it, my cabinets were totally full of dishes (the giant box from a garage sale helped).
A few months back, I stripped back and boxed some things up. I could feel the difference in the echo that sounded through the kitchen with boxes of stuff out of the cabinets and in the basement.
Still, too many dishes somehow. Always piling up. In my defense, I work at home and cook a lot…
…So recently I took more drastic efforts. I cut back my silverware to two each – forks, butter knives, big spoon, little spoon. The extras are tucked aside in a cabinet for guests, at least so far. Wish me luck.
Finally, it seems that it is working. Having just a few forks and spoons leads to more washing. Plus, with just a few dishes, even if they are all dirty, they just don’t look quite as bad as when there were like 500% more of them piled around the counters.
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The self-published book by Dolores Hark entitled, "Living Frugally with Purpose and Style: the New Conserver," is now available for download.
Dolores has a Master's Degree in Economics and in Sociology from a reknowned U.S. based university. She provides a serious look at how to better manage Household Economics.
View the book outline here