Dishes are a terrible thing when you don't have a dish washer. Actually, any time they're dirty and not clean. This is what the kitchen sink area looked like before:
...And almost two hours of scrubbing later:
Obviously I have yet to put them away, but the deed is finally done. And let me tell you, it was gross at times.
I have had an important revelation-- a peanut butter and jelly sandwich wrapped in a paper towel is pleasantly soft and squishy, yet fragile. Like a newborn kitten.
Experience it for yourself. It's true.