One small change that makes a big difference in the routine (and the efficiency) is the small rinse sink.
|Wash and Rinse Sink|
We've already commented on the some of the energy and space saving innovations used here, but we've yet to mention this water (and counter space) saving development. Think about it, rinsing dishes takes less water and volume than washing dishes, especially if they were washed thoroughly. Using a smaller (and shallower) sink for rinsing makes a lot of sense. The small sink is especially handy for our European equipment because kitchen tools like cutting boards, spatulas, ladles, knives, and others seem to be a bit smaller than their American counterparts.
|Extreme Rise Sink Closeup!|
Of course, the small sink can't completely submerge everything in the kitchen. Our large roasting rack and pan has to be carefully rinsed with the faucet head, and cutting boards have to be rinsed using the "dip and splash" method. These minor setbacks, like everything, have been something to learn to live with and plan for.
I'm glad we are getting a chance to live small (as we would say in suburban Iowa - here, it's just called living) because it gives us the the chance to appreciate some of the luxuries we had (and hopefully will have again) while realizing that life can go on without them. If we were philosophical bloggers, we could venture into expanding that metaphor into all of the American/European/Suburban/Urban/House/Apartment differences we've experienced here.
...but we're not. Whew!