I promised myself I wasn’t going to let this happen in the new apartment. Famous last words.
On the positive side, the sink is small — you might even say tiny, as kitchen sinks go — so it limits the number of dirty dishes that can pile up. Plus, I left most of the dishes at the old apartment. How many dishes does one bachelor need?
That handle in the lower left of the photo looks like a dishwasher, but it’s not. It’s a compact refrigerator! Simple living! Only problem with the small refrigerator is the really tiny freezer compartment. You can’t buy meat or frozen food in quantity to save money. That’s unfortunate if you’re trying to live frugally.
Living without a dishwasher is good for the spirit. Everyone should put their hands in soapy dishwater at least once a day. It’s one of the most sensual experiences you can have with your clothes on. Also, you reduce your carbon footprint infinitesimally. (Notice how I slipped an adverb in there. Grammarians can debate whether it’s an adverb or an adjective. I really don’t care.)
Let the record show that I spelled both “infinitesimally” and “grammarians” correctly the first time, without looking them up. When you can’t even keep up with your own dirty dishes, you have to celebrate small victories wherever you find them.
I’ll have more to say, and more photos, about the new tiny apartment. Sometime. Maybe. But don’t hold me to that.
— John Hayden
- Too Weak To Write? Take Two Adverbs, and Don’t Call Me In The Morning (editingaddict.com)
- Morning dishes and tiny apartments in Paris (thezeezeeandtheyayachronicles.wordpress.com)