How to Love Washing Dishes, Part I

“The best time to plan a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” ~ Agatha Christie 

Submerge wrist deep in hot fluffy bubbles, lose yourself in the circular wiping rhythm, gaze into the mindlessness out the window. Simple ingredients for “dishwashing meditation.” Hot water and a window above the sink. Doesn’t matter what’s on the other side of the window. The less, the better.

Washing dishes allows a momentary stillness that most people don’t purposefully allow themselves. It’s difficult to multi-task with sopping wet hands full of breakables. The mind can wander aimlessly or completely empty itself of worries. At the end of it all, there is a deep sense of accomplishment and certainly not “time wasted.” An empty counter where once there was mess; a full basket of sparkling clean; and one final swipe of the countertops to prepare the open spaces for more creation. What more could you hope for in a chore?

photo via Pink of Perfection

A moment of quiet just for you, warmth, and the finished product of restoring a kitchen to all its glory. Go ahead, offer to wash the next sinkful. Indulge yourself.

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5 thoughts on “How to Love Washing Dishes, Part I

  1. Lovely observations on a simple meditation. Also a ‘soft’ time to share moments with your kids in a too busy world. Kitchens and kids are a natural mix.

    • Thank you for the comment. I can think of a number of pictures of siblings on tiptoe upon chair reaching into the bubbles for their first play in the dish sink. Pretty sure the one of Courtney and I is sans pants even. 🙂

  2. I am a lover of the HOT water also…..and a must have is the window over the sink……bliss. ps….Do you recommend the high heels or the fuzzy slippers as accessories?!?!?!? 😉 xo

  3. I often put on some kind of salsa type music and dance while washing the dishes. I clearly have a good grip with soapy hands, perhaps one of the few things I have a grip on in my life 😉

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