We are not having a dishwasher in my new kitchen.
Go ahead, gasp in astonishment. Yea, that's the general reaction. Or give me a weird look and say, "WHAT, WHY NOT?"
I don't want a dishwasher.
Firstly, I don't mind doing dishes. As a matter of fact, I had a broken dishwasher for about 4 or 5 years before I got this one, and my dishes were kept up better without the crazy thing.
Secondly, I think it takes too much water, and my water bill has tripled in the last few months. TRIPLED. TRIPLED!!! I cannot afford a dishwasher.
Thirdly, I believe in character building chores for children, don't you? And hey, what's more character building than taking a kitchen full of dirty dishes and making them shiny and clean with your own hands? Well, it sounds good anyway.
Fourthly, I prefer doing dishes rather than sweeping floors. And if I can do the dishes and make my kids do the sweeping, then I am all for it. This way they think I am doing the hard job ;) Which prolly cancels out my thirdly, but I never was very good at consistency in my theories. ;) haha
Fifthly, Am I not allowed to NOT have a dishwasher if I don't want one? It's a free country, people. Leave me alone already!
Sixthly, I wanted the space for a place to hide away my enormous trashcan. So it just works out better all the way around.
Seventhly (yes there is a seventhly even though my spell checker thinks I am insane), I think they are ugly.
So see? A well thought out, reasonable answer as to why it is NOT crazy to NOT want a dishwasher.