It has been a couple of months since we yanked our dishwasher out and have been washing all of our dishes by hand. It would have been taking up valuable kitchen space sitting there unused once we go completely off grid.
We might as well get it out of the way and get used to hand washing everything now. (My least favorite chore, by the way.)
After pulling out the old machine, the next project was filling the empty space. I wanted to do something that would look like it has always been that way. I didn’t want to leave the impression that we were just trying to fill a gap in the cabinetry.
I decided to create a storage space for some of our longer storing produce, such as potatoes, winter squashes and small pumpkins.
A root cellar would have been a better option for the potatoes, but since we don’t have one yet this will have to do.
Jerry built a cabinet with a shelf that would fit inside the vacant spot. I stained it to match our cabinets to the best of my ability (though it could probably use another coat or two), then we pushed it into place under the counter and put a few screws in it to keep it from shifting around.
I slid an Amish-built wooden crate into each shelf space for storage.
I’m really pleased with the way it turned out. It’s nice to have a handy husband. And it didn’t cost much to build.
As far as doing the dishes goes, it has taken some discipline to wash them in a timely manner. I can think of a hundred other things I’d rather be doing than standing at the sink washing dishes; I have no trouble putting it off for later.
I know the best practice is to wash after each meal, and I do try, honestly, but I admit to being easily and willingly distracted. It’s a discipline I’m going to have to acquire.
The children do help with the dishes when I ask them to, but I’m not consistent in this regard either. Eventually we will fall into a routine. At the moment I am happy to report that there are no dirty dishes spilling over onto the countertops. 🙂
That’s one more appliance down for the count! We’ve gotten rid of our dryer, our microwave, our upright refrigerator, our coffee maker, and now the dishwasher. I REALLY wish we could replace our flat top stove with a wood cook stove, but that’s a project we’ll have to save up for.
For now, our 1930’s wood cook stove sits on the back porch, waiting for a chimney pipe to be installed. One day, I’d love to have one of those gorgeous antique wood cook stoves in my kitchen. Ahhhh… one day.
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.