There is one kitchen device I need. I think it is magical. Push seven numbers and a pizza appears on your doorstep.
However,I have decided to start a campaign to help people simplify their lives. We all have too much junk in our lives. In fact the junk we think “we need” can be exemplified by two items in the kitchen.
First, you do not need a dishwasher. Especially if you have kids. Hello, why do you think you had kids? To do the DISHES.
I have never had a dishwasher. And I raised two kids by myself, washed the dishes by hand and left them on the dish rack to dry. And you know what? My kids never got the plague, never got typhoid or the Swine,Bird or Hokey Pokey Flu. They were just as healthy as the other kids in the neighborhood. Okay, maybe looking back, they weren’t as mentally healthy, but consider who was raising them and who their role model was. Me!
Think about this. Dinner is over, you throw the dishes in the sink. Take a little soap and water, bingo -in about two minutes the dishes are clean. Well at least according to my standards they are clean.
But what do most Americans do? They take a simple two step process : 1) Wash the dishes. 2) Put the dishes into the dish drainer and complicate the hell out of it.
Now , we have to wash the dishes, rinse the dishes, put the dishes into the dishwasher, turn on the dishwasher, come back the next day , stare at the dishwasher and try to figure out if we remembered to wash the dishes, rewash them just in case we forgot to turn on the dishwasher, then unload the dishwasher and put the dishes away.
Energy wasted includes heating all the water for all the cycles that dishwashers now come with. Wash the dishes, rinse the dishes, whistle Dixie, steam clean the dishes, run around the block, dry the dishes. Heck we need to build extra power plants just for your dishwasher.
And think about this. The dishwasher is a “labor saving device”. Scary isn’t it?
Another kitchen device that is totally not needed? The garbage disposal. How many of you have had to fix your disposal, replace your disposal, try to get the disposal to drain correctly. We all have.
But I like my kitchen now. There is no garbage disposal to break and then replace. I take the plate, scrap the food into the trash. I am done. Can it be any easier?
The dishwasher and the garbage disposal – do we really need them? Or are they more hassle than they are worth? Don’t they truly represent the items we clutter our life with that we really don’t need?
Let’s take it a step further. How many other things in life can you do away with, that you don’t need, that are more hassle than they are worth?
Quit staring at your spouse. I was talking about appliances. But now that you mentioned it ….