And not (just) because it washes my dishes and even disinfects them when I want them so. It is because it creates flow in the kitchen; opens up a box of space that lets movement happen, lets dishes start to march through the dirty-to-clean cycle by opening up some crucial room. Especially in a small kitchen. Owning a place to have Dirty Things until they become Clean is half the battle. The fact that unloading the dishwasher is more onerous than loading it is a testament to where that activity falls in the cycle--starting over--it's harder--but it all still works.
Laundry, however: I don't have figured out. Still. My Ved Mehta-sized autobiography is going to be centered around laundry.