10 February 2008

What's in your sink?

Kelly has a theory: If your household generates an insane amount of dishes, you're probably eating well. I think that's probably true, and have a few hypotheses to further this theory.

  1. If your sink is full of dishes, your trash can is empty, and your compost bucket is full, your food is probably pretty healthy.
  2. If your sink is empty and your trash can is full, you're probably eating takeout a lot.
  3. If your sink is full and your trash can is full, you either need to get a compost bucket, or you're eating takeout but putting the food on real dishes to appear classy about it.
For the record, those dishes are only from this weekend. And Kelly's washing them now.


frugalmom said...

I knew there had to be a reason for all the dishes in my sink. Not just that I dont seem to have time to get them all clean! Right now I dont have any compost. Living in the rental property it is not an option. The only thing I can do is throw out my egg shells for the blue jays. (and they go crazy over them)

And if you can believe it...we have no access to recycling in this darn town. When we get into the new house I am going to set up a recycle system of some sort that can be easily transported to the closest drop off point. Right now I have huge amts of guilt when I go to sleep at night at the amt of recyclable items that are going into the garbage.

Ali said...

I recognize that pile.... One of the best things we ever did was install a dishwasher. We bought a really efficient one, and we make sure it is full when we run it. We use way less water, and cooking and eating well is less of a huge chore. I LOVE the dishwasher. I think it saved our marriage.

Anonymous said...

I think I have experimental evidence in support of #1. An independent observer would have to verify the "pretty healthy" part, though.

Anonymous said...

LOL! Great post and very true. So...are you renting out kelly for sink duty?! ;)

Anonymous said...

Another variation on the "take out" is the prepackaged convenience food. Lots of waste, low health, etc.

Thanks for putting the fact that we can never keep on top of our dishes in perspective!

Meg said...

Frugalmom, no recycling? That's insane! At least being with limited options at the rental place lets you form a real good idea of what you definitely do want to do at the new house.

Ali, a nice efficient dishwasher is definitely on the list for the future. I don't mind washing dishes, but I'm slow and it takes so much water.

Jenny, lol!

Angie, Kelly will come wash dishes in exchange for some of that bread you made, fresh sprouts, and transportation to Michigan.

Rob, oh yeah, I totally forgot about processed food. Those Lean Cuisine boxes and Pringles cans pile up quick! I readily admit to eating way too much macaroni and cheese from a box, but at least those are recyclable.

~mel said...

Hi Meg. I read back through some of your posts and saw that you've done something similar recently. But, I had to come up with six bloggers to tag for a meme, so I picked you as one. If you want to play along, the rules are on my blog. If not, I understand. :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh, Meg, you must try making your own baked macaroni and cheese (if you haven't already). Once you do, you'll never go back to the boxed stuff. (Well. I suppose if you had an eight-year-old you might.)

Meg said...

Jenny, I know! It's laziness; what can I say. We even have a little dish for the oven that would be the perfect size for a dinner's worth of mac & cheese. We really should make our own. Have any good recipes?