Here we are at the end of the work week and I know it can be tempting to slow down or even stop in the progress we have made on our first habit: dish-washing. But I hope you will hang in there this weekend.
In her book 28 Days to Hope for you Home, Dana White opens up on days 5-7 and shares a bit of her heart regarding dishes, doing dishes, and dealing with those in your home who do not do dishes. I hope you will take the time to read these three days specifically this weekend because they kind of bring the why for our tasks this week into full focus.
I hope that as you have been doing the daily challenges this week, you have taken the time to notice the subtle change it has made in your household routines and your attitude toward them. Are you starting to feel better when you wake up in the morning and don’t have a sink of dishes staring you in the face? Are you finding time to do other cleaning projects because you don’t have the looming task of washing dishes for an hour after dinner each night?
I guess what I am asking is: Have you found a glimmer of hope for your home?
I believe this habit will transform your life as a homemaker and it will just get better as we get into the other habits laid out in 28 Days to Hope for your Home.
Your challenge for the weekend is to 1. Put away your dishes in the morning when you wake up (this is a perfect while the coffee is brewing practice) 2. Wash dishes (and place in dishwasher, if you have one) throughout the day (as you dirty it, and finish using it, clean it) 3. Wash dishes in the evening (the dinner ones).
I would love to hear how you are doing. You can leave a message on my Facebook Page or you can join our Hope for Homemakers Group on Facebook to keep up with the discussion and receive encouragement from other homemakers going through this challenge.
And here is another dish washing tip for hand washing pots and pans:
I have noticed that it is difficult for me to handle my larger pots and pans while hand washing without having them slip out of my grasp (sometimes my hands hurt at the end of the day, so my grip is not so good). So, I create a secure, easy to wash place for the pots and pans to rest while I wash by turning them on their side and placing the handle of the pot in the drain hole (or the disposal side) of the kitchen sink. The pan is in a perfect spot to wash by hand while limiting it’s movement. This way I can use both hands to wash. It works for both short and long handled pots and pans.
Do you have any tips or tricks for dish washing? Do you do this already and it is not really a tip or trick? I would love to hear from you!