A few months ago, I wrote a the post Six Luxury Items Eliminated From My Life For Good. I explained why I had eliminated each luxury item, and why I intended not to turn back. However, life does not always play out the way we hope.
My husband and I have lived without an iron and ironing board, cable/satellite TV, a dishwasher, bathtub, personal dresser, and dining table. For the most part it has been relatively easy. However, there is one luxury item we have had to compromise on in the past few months….
1 Luxury Item We Couldn’t Eliminate for Good
Neither my husband nor I like washing dishes. It is not necessarily the exercise, but rather the amount of time it takes to wash, dry, and put away dishes. For only two people, we seem to produce a decent amount of dirty dishes each day. When I cook, I use several pots, pans, and lids. We also take our lunch to work in reusable containers, so there are those to clean each day, as well.
At one point, I thought we were just being lazy with not liking hand washing dishes. We decided to compromise with this chore by having my husband wash the dishes while I rinse, dry, and put them in their designated location. This may not sound like much compromise, but the system worked to where we could finish at the same time. This agreement worked for a few weeks, until we realized all the time we were being robbed of that we could use for more beneficial work building our farm.
So what did we do?
We purchased a dishwasher!! Now I know some of you are saying, “WHAT?!” But I had to do what was right for my marriage. We both dreaded this particular chore, and often had arguments about it. For us, it is best to have a dishwasher.
Since we have gotten our dishwasher, we have added about 20 minutes to our day. That may not sound like much, but my husband usually works 6 days a week, and will take any extra time he can find! We also don’t argue about who cleans the kitchen, because I am usually able to unload it when I get home from work, load what is in the sink, and fill it up as I cook. My husband takes care of whatever is left after supper is finished.
Each night we have been able to go to bed with a completely clean kitchen with less than half of the effort before our dishwasher. We don’t dread cleaning up after supper, and haven’t argued about it since!
The summer is usually a busier time for us after work due to working in our garden, mowing the yard, and whatever projects my husband is working on thanks to longer days.
Is there a luxury item you thought you could live without, but realized life was better with it? I’d love to hear about it below in the comments!
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***Disclaimer: To me, a luxury item is something that is not necessary to live with from day to day. These items are different for each person, and what I consider luxury items are based on my personal experience. I am by no means expecting anyone to conform to my list, but rather hope to inspire you to see what works best for you.***