The beginning of fall usually marks the start of the season for entertaining. We love being generous with our home, good food and good cheer. But we hate cleaning. And it's all too easy to get sucked into cleaning almost constantly in preparation for each soiree, afternoon tea or dinner party. Our weapon? Simple habits... starting with always washing the dishes.
It might sound too simple and maybe you already wash your dishes every night or (sigh) have a dishwasher. But for us, simply making sure we wash the dishes every night makes a huge difference in our day to day. We wake up to an orderly kitchen making the day much more manageable from the start. It also makes it that much easier to cook if we aren't searching for a clean pan or running out of counter space. And, magically, once the dishes are washed we have the urge to wipe down the counters, put things away and even (sometimes) wipe down the stove.
So, wash your dishes and tell us:
Do you have habits that help keep your time spent cleaning to a minimum?
Share your tips below!
(Edited from a post originally published 11.26.07 - CB)