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En Route Simplicity

a journey to become a minimalist

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As a family of four with two little kids, it’s easy to feel frazzled with the amount of plastic that can creep into your house. My kids have their own cabinet where we store sippy cups, bowls, plates, plates with sides (for easy scooping), and a wide variety of kiddie eating utensils. Every time I opened this cabinet it was like an avalanche. I’m sure the designers were too busy admiring the color and shape of their product and COMPLETELY forgot to consider that these things might have to be stored somewhere – which might include stacking.

After doing some reading on minimalist living… the blog names escape me but I’ll be sure to post links once I come across them… I have found there are other people out there ditching their dishwasher. At first I thought this was the craziest idea EVER. I have two small children, loads of dishes since they can’t seem to go away, and next to NO time (which is why I have gaps between posts). The thought of hand washing our dishes brought up old memories of standing at the sink after dinner in my younger years. You would have to hold a gun to my head to make me do it… and even then I might ask you to pull the trigger.

Upon further reading I found those that were laying off their dishwasher were also cutting back on the amount of dishes they had available. Each family member had one plate, one bowl, one glass, one fork, one spoon… well, you get the idea. The point being after you used your dish, you wash it.

In our home, dinner dishes tend to sit since I’m usually stuffing my face before rushing off to class and my husband is left to entertain the kids on minimal energy after working all day. Needless to say, dishes is the least favorite chore. I’ll finally get around to it the next morning after food has been sitting all night and is starting to resemble cement. I literately have to WASH the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher so they get clean.

Nothing like doing the job twice.

So as scary as it was and explaining all this to my husband with the emphasis on “we’ll try it ONLY for a week,” we decided to do it. We got to pick our bowls, plates, cups and the like and put the rest in a tote labeled “for emergencies only.” I will say we gave ourselves some wiggle room with the kids cups since one tends to go missing on occasion and while my three year old uses a Big Boy Cup it’s not exactly something I want to deal with in the car. So three cups each child is tolerable compared to the chaos we had. We also kept an extra setting and a few extra glasses in case we get a visitor.

I am happy to say we are on Day 3 and all has gone quite nicely – my husband even washes his own dishes which I thought was illegal or something. We’ll see how the rest of the week goes since we’ll be having dinners home and it’ll be more routine (as opposed to the craziness we have on the weekends). So we’ll see… but I’m feeling this one might stick.