The point of this instructable is how we, very easily, simplified the task of doing dishes in our house.
This would also work great for people that don't have a dishwasher.
Step 1: Examine Your Sink
The thing that took the longest was the bowls, plates and cups. Plates and bowls can be pretty messy and they would build up during the day. We would have had to wash dishes three times a day (or more when you count dessert) to keep up. That was too much for us or was it?
Step 2: Ration Your Dishes
Realizing we would have to eat and drink far less or actually keep up with the dishes we set out to find a way to enforce doing the dishes.
We decided that everyone would have their own bowl and plate (we recently added our own cups). Unless company was over and we were eating with the fancy dishes, no one is allowed to use anything other than their assigned dishes.
We got unbreakable plastic dishes from a local grocery store because we have young children. Using a Sharpie marker we write the first initial of each of us on the bottom of the dish.
Step 3: Wash As You Go
Really the main thing this does is enforce the dishes being washed. If anyone comes to the table without their designated dish it's obvious and asked why they didn't use their designated dish. However it does do two other things that helps make washing dishes less painful.
1. It spits the job among the whole family. Instead of one or two of us tackling a mountain of dishes after dinner, everyone does dishes for a minute or two several times a day.
2. Allows the job to be done faster because of the reduced number of dishes that have to be done (only 1-3 per person).
Using this simple method we've greatly reduced our dishes disorder.
Step 4: Adding Silverware to the Rationing
These foons are from Light My Fire, we found them in the camping section of a store and are quite durable. We've been using two of them for over two years, the other two we got within the last 6 months.
Step 5: Tackling Pots and Pans
If anyone has a suggestion for simplifying a stack of pots and pans leave a comment on how you would do it.