Washing dishes is a mundane task that most people dislike. In fact, some people absolutely hate it. Since people spend a lot of time eating, there are consequentially a lot of dishes to be done. Here are three tips to make the experience of washing dishes less painful, and possibly even enjoyable.
Don’t let dishes pile up. Set a reasonable goal for cleanup time to the amount of dishes don’t overwhelm you. If you live alone, it may be practical to wash dishes only once a day. Set a time for this daily activity, after the evening news, or before washing up for bed. You’ll spare yourself some dread and procrastination. If you have a family, it may be a better idea to wash the dishes after every meal, twice a day – at lunch and dinner. Perhaps a reasonable goal would be to wash the dishes no later than 30 minutes after the meal is finished.
Make doing dishes a spa-like experience. Light a scented candle. The website AromaNaturals.net suggests that the top five most relaxing scents are lavender, chamomile, bergamot, sandalwood and mandarin. If your kitchen sink overlooks the yard, take the time to enjoy the scenery. By now you have probably seen the commercials of spa like dish soaps, one such example is Palmolive’s Anti-Stress Aromatherapy dish soap. Make it a routine to slather on a nice hand lotion after you’re finished the task.
Escape from your chaotic lifestyle. Are you so busy during the day that you don’t have a moment for yourself? Make the kitchen a quiet zone and make it off limits to family members during dishwashing. Get lost in your thoughts and reflect on the day. Or do you need to loosen up and recharge after a stressful day. Put on your favorite music and sing and dance the dreary duty away.
These tips may not end all dislike for the task of dish washing, but will help. Remember not to procrastinate and set a routine for this daily task. After time, it will not seem so overwhelming and you will have more positive experiences associated with it.