Dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, microwave, stove. However did we live without these modern appliances? It’s so convenient.
Here’s the thing: with all our new technology and advances in appliances, it’s not a convenience if you don’t understand how much time it’s saving you or what an effort it would be to do it otherwise.
Example 1 Dishwasher: We lived in our home for almost 10 years with out a dishwasher. We were perfectly capable of washing our own dishes. We’d spend about an hour a day doing dishes. The clutter on the counter top was enough to drive anyone crazy. But we made it work.Until we got a dishwasher. The change was miraculous. “An extra hour in my day? The dishes DO THEMSELVES?”
Example 2 Drying laundry: We’ve always thrown all our clothes into the dryer after we washed them. Honestly, I’ve never put much thought into it, with the exception of cleaning out the lint trap. It’s worked fine. Until our dryer died. “Wait, how do I dry my clothes? You can put them out to dry?”
I’ve only had to wash my clothes by hand once, and that was while traveling with BYU Study Aboard in Egypt. But over the last three weeks of going with out a dryer, I have a new found appreciation for my dryer.
Convenience to Inconvenience: In the dishwasher example we went from not having a modern appliance to suddenly having one. The laundry example goes from having a modern appliance/convenience to not having it and then suddenly having a new found appreciation for appliances.
I’m sure this is nothing new to you, but my point of all this is that in order to appreciate our modern conveniences, we need to know what it’s like to not have them. Sometimes it’s good to do without and let it serve as a reminder of how far we’ve come.
I am absolutely grateful for the innovation of theses companies. Our dryer is GE and our dishwasher is Boche.