Are you perchance from England? I have never heard an American use the term, "washing up," only in the UK. But no matter where one is, doing the dishes is a big pain in the butt! And I find a dish washer practically useless.
Let's see: why do I hate using a dishwasher: I can't put my stemweare in it. I can't put my antique Mexican pottery in it. I can't put my teakwood service in it. I can't put my bone handeled flat ware in it. Most of my serving platters won't fit in it. Most of my pots and pans won't fit in it. I won't put my good knives or my wooden spoons in it.
So what's left? Well, once in a while, after a big do, when I have oodles of plates all the same size I put them in it.
But, quite frankley, the hardest part of cleaning up isn't the dishes, it's the orgionizing, putting everything away and clearing the counters and sweeping the floor.
I am fortunate to have a big kitchen window and I can snoop into the *** lives of the birds and squirlls (sp) while doing dishes.