THERE, washing the dishes involved rinsing particles of food from dishes and then loading them into the dishwasher. Inevitably I had to wait for the washer to fill up before I could run it. Typically we ran the dishwasher daily. When the cycle finished, I had to empty it--I mean, ya can't put dirty dishes into a full washer. Pots and pans had to be washed by hand anyway. For some reason, no matter how many dishes I washed and put into the washer, there was still a sizable pile in the sink. I chalk it up to one of life's great mysteries.
HERE, I wash everything by hand. Initially I was a little nervous about being able to keep up with the dirty dishes, but that really hasn't been a problem. Living for seven years with a dishwasher (and before that not doing the dishes until I ran out of clean ones) gave me the impression that a dishwasher is necessary. Honestly? Using a dishwasher just adds an unnecessary step to the dishwashing process. I really don't miss it; I enjoy washing each dish by hand at the end of the day. Putting them away? That's another story.