Our new kitchen (and the new dishwasher that came with it) was only 7 months old when we left our house in Chicago to come to Finland. I have to say, besides our doggie, it's one of the things I miss most.
At the same time, I like our little kitchen here. It has everything we need.
Except a dishwasher.
Even though everybody is helping out here, I miss our dishwasher.
But more on dish washing in a moment...
Did you know that Finns are the brains behind the Linux operating system? and Angry Birds? and Marimekko fabrics? and Fiskar scissors?
But what Finnish man or woman was the genius behind this?
This dish drainer is conveniently located...
directly above our sink! Seriously, isn't that just genius? I think so. Dishes just drip dry right into the sink.
Sadly, laundry for us? Not so genius. In fact, it's VERY time consuming. I can probably fit 1/4 the amount of dirty clothes into our tiny little washer here compared to what I could squish in at home!
(Yes, our washer is located in our bathroom. See the sink making an appearance in the bottom corner of the photo and our shower curtain to the right?) It's a tight fit in there (both inside the laundry tub AND in the bathroom!)
The tub is about the size of a small spare tire.
And no dryer means this:
is a pretty common sight in our apartment.
In order to keep up with clothes, towels and sheets, I need to do at least a load of laundry a day.
Whites...take 2 hours and 12 minutes to wash and lots of time hangin' around to dry!
I'm pretty sure I'll have a new found appreciation for my appliances when I get home. Although I've got to admit, even though I feel as if doing a load of laundry every day means we are using up more than our fair share of Finland's super clean water from the tap, I do feel as if we are putting less of a burden on our planet by not using a dryer.
It does make for some scratchy towels and jeans though. Just the other day, I realized Sam hadn't worn jeans for about a week. He kept wearing the Sam sweats over and over. When I finally realized and asked him why he wasn't wearing jeans, he explained that they had "turned into cardboard" since we came to live here and they are no longer wearable.
I guess I need to invest in a better softener!