I’m the primary dish washer in our family. We don’t own a dishwasher and every day, dishes must be washed. I know this. I do wash dishes every day. Yet, my rhythm is off. More often than not, I go to bed leaving dirty dishes languishing in the sink and a sticky high-chair tray quietly weeping in the dark.

Waking up to dirty dishes and a messy kitchen depresses the heck out of me. With that, I find that the emotional obstacle that the situation generates inhibits creativity!


As part of my endeavor to cultivate my creative spark (and composure in mothering), I want to work on getting the dishes done and the kitchen completely clean before I go to bed each night. I’m presenting this task to myself as a challenge to complete every single evening this month, in an effort to make it a habit. The October Dishwashing Challenge!

I feel like most of my friends and relatives are already better than I am at getting the dishes done every night. But perhaps I just think all of my friends go to bed with perfectly clean kitchens because that’s how they appear when I visit in the afternoon.

I would like to blame the fact that I don’t have a dishwasher—or the baby—for my own lack, but I know there is more to it than that. It’s disorganization. Since I usually end up doing dishes in the morning, I don’t want to do more at night, when I am tired, and the vicious cycle continues. If I do wash the dishes at night, but don’t get them all dried and put away, that too drags me down in the morning. I only have 15.5″ of counter space, so if there are clean dishes sitting there, I have 0″, and it’s still a hindrance to the beginning of my day. Hopefully posting on this challenge will motivate me to stick with it and change my ways! I think it could make a huge difference in my life, freeing up mental space for creativity at the start of my day, when I still have energy.

Dishwashing seems like such a mundane thing, but it’s a necessity that has an impact on how we feel when we prepare meals, how meals are prepared, and how we feel when we go into the kitchen for a drink of water or cup of tea. I love preparing meals for my family and I do feel the kitchen is the heart of my home. I want to ensure that it doesn’t skip a beat!

If you also struggle with the task of washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen at the end of the day, perhaps you would like to participate in this October Dishwashing Challenge. Let me know in the comments below if you will be joining me! Also, if you are already consistent with this, do you have any tips you would like to share?

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