Not All Housework is Time Washed down the Drain
One of the questions writers ask each other is how and where they find time for writing. Another thing we want to know is where other writers feel the most conducive atmosphere is for creativity.
I personally have discovered that a lot of ideas come to me while I am washing the dishes every night after dinner. As we do not have a dishwasher, I spend a fair amount of time on a daily basis cleaning up in the kitchen.
Hard to believe as it may seem, there are some cases where domestic duties can actually be – get ready for this one – relaxing. I don’t know if it is the suds from the dish-washing soap that is so soothing to me or the warmth of the water that I find so calming. Whatever it is, it works for me.
Rather than complain about yet another household chore, I make the most of my time to get in touch with my thoughts. It is as if, during the time I am washing the dishes, I am surrounded by a faint cloud, an aura of something protecting my mind from being disturbed by any outside thoughts or influences.
Don’t get me wrong; on the occasions where we go out for dinner or order in, I am not unhappy that I have a break from my usual clean-up, but doing the dishes can actually be therapeutic.
My lap top or note-book is never far away just in case I think of a story or article topic that I feel is worth getting down before I forget about it. I frequently take quick breaks from dish-washing and jot down some notes, often still wearing my rubber gloves. When I get back to the sink and my task at hand, my original idea hopefully develops further.
By the time I am done I have often organized my thoughts or decided on my next writing project. Who would have thought that a sink piled high with dirty dishes could be so inspiring?
On many nights my husband has commented on how hard I work and has offered to get me a dishwasher. As tempting as that sounds, I worry that it could potentially take away from some of my most productive writing time, or at least my most valuable quiet time to think about writing.
I don’t even like people helping me clean up in the kitchen. First of all, I find the space too small for two people to function comfortable or effectively. Mostly though, I think I just don’t want anyone to intrude on my precious time.
Not to mention, there is an added sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in completing a job that can sometimes feel daunting when I get started, but that usually turns out to be time worthwhile having spent. Each item washed is one less thing that needs to be done. I am one step closer to the finish line.
For now I am just as happy to continue doing the dishes by hand, without a dishwasher. Sure I spend a lot of time cleaning up every night; however, I do not think that time would be better spent doing something else.
Creativity can be sparked in the most unlikely of places and situations. When we least expect it a brilliant thought can come to us. I think that when you find your spot, no matter where that is, it is a good idea to stick with what works best for you.
There is no telling what will make its way into my imagination on any given evening. I wonder what it will be tonight. Whatever it is, I’m looking forward to it. So, the next time you have writers’ block or are in need of some tranquility, try washing some dishes.☼
Copyright © by Andrea Freedman 2014
Posted on March 12, 2014, in Weekly Thoughts and Observations and tagged Don't be too hasty to give up what may seem like a chore.. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.