Stop Leaving Your Dirty Dishes in the Sink

Both literally and metaphorically

Lindsey Lazarte
Aug 27, 2018 · 3 min read
Photo by Catt Liu on Unsplash

So, I have this pet peeve about dishes being left in the kitchen sink for too long of a time frame — Basically, anything that is still sitting in there for longer than an hour after the prior meal has been consumed kind of makes me anxious.

It may seem a little rigid and very type A, but I give partial blame towards the fact that one of my primary household chores growing up as a kid was doing the dishes by hand.


I never grew up with a dishwasher in my home, so washing dishes by hand was always my form of manual labor.

It was time-consuming and tedious, but at least I knew that I got the job done myself.

I also knew (and so did my Mom) who would be to blame if the dishes weren’t completely spotless — It was me.


When I was around twenty-five years old, I finally moved into an apartment in Manhattan that had a brand new dishwasher.

It was kind of like getting a smartphone for the first time in your life — Exciting, unreal, and seemingly life changing.

However, in the end, I realized that I had never really used it that much — By simple habit, I just ended up washing my own dishes the way most of the time, the same way that I always did.

I didn’t really have a problem with that either. In fact, I kind of preferred it that way.


You see, the main thing I noticed about using a dishwasher to clean your dishes versus washing them with your own two hands was that the dishwasher never really did as good of a job as I would have done.

I know there are those staged cleaning product commercials where certain brands of dishwasher gels would allegedly remove every spec of grease and grime, but I never believed that to be true.

I think that people want to believe that it’s true because they just don’t want to do the hard work themselves.

But, sometimes, it seems like we’ve become all too reliant on having machines (even people) clean up our messes for us when it could have easily been done by our own hand.

We’re the ones that made the filth to begin with.


In life, things get messy. Things get dirty.

Many times, the mess is caused by our own doing. And often times, we just don’t want to deal with that mess.

However, it only gets worse as the mess gets bigger.

Things pile up, a stench starts to develop, and it gets to a point where you just can’t avoid it any longer.


It won’t go away until you take care of it yourself.

These messes come in many forms — In the form of your friendships, your family, your love life, work like, home life, finances, the list goes on.

Just like dirty dishes in the sink, those big messes need to be taken care of. And sometimes, it’s not made 100% clean unless you do it yourself.

So, if you’re working on getting those messes in your life clean, maybe start with the dishes first. Then, move to the big stuff.

Lindsey Lazarte

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Writer & runner based in Queens, New York. I write about writing, running, and life in general. @lindseyruns https://lindseylazarte.com

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