The second step was to commit to doing lunch dishes myself- no matter what. No longer would I use the rollover punishment. This meant that at least every 24 hours the kitchen would be squeaky clean. It also meant that it would be clean for dinner preparation and we would all get to eat well and do it before bedtime!
It was during one of those afternoon dishwashings that I stumbled upon the ultimate solution to my dishwashing nightmare.
I often incorporate our composer study into our lunch hour simply by playing pieces while we eat. One day while listening to Tchaikovsky, the 1812 Overture came on. I was in the middle of doing the dishes at that point and it was peppy and I was really enjoying it when I decided to see if I could get done before it finished. As I worked it came to the spectacular finish when cannons are blasting and the music is fast paced, I found myself picking up speed… it was going to be over soon. I wrapped up the dishes just as the song did and with it did my dishwashing dilemma came to an end.
I talked with my husband and got him on board. (Now that he’s seen the fruit of it, he believes it a clever plan.) We assigned the various dishwashing duties to every member of our family and at the close of our meal each evening, the 1812 Overture commences. Everyone scurries about to get their part done and they have become so familiar with the piece that they know how many minutes they have left at the various changes in the music.
Our dishes are done in 15 minutes every night freeing our evening up.
Our kitchen is clean and, as a result, I don’t mind being in it.
Or eating anything that comes out of it.
Our family is learning to work together as a team.
Our children are being educated, really familiarizing themselves with a composer and the nuances of his work. Plus have you ever heard a 4 year old say, “Tchaikovsky”? It’s precious.
We’re saving money.
We’re all happy.
We’re adapting this method for each composer that we study simply by finding a work of theirs that is 15 minutes or so long.
Using the composers from the Simply Charlotte Mason Music Study Module, here are some selections that fit that time frame.
Musical Selections for Efficient Dishwashing
Bach- Fantasia in C Minor