I knew that the addiction was complete when I caught myself smiling, even giggling a bit as I unloaded the dishwasher, full of some of our everyday dishes. They looked so lovely to me stacked side by side on the counter, waiting to be placed in the cabinets. For inquiring minds who want to know: Copeland Spode, Pink Tower; Burleigh, Blue Willow; and Furnivals, Blue Quail. An ordinary household task that brings me a moment of joy...who knew!
And now for the tip: When entertaining, I always make a point of emptying my dishwasher before the party begins. Why, you might ask? As dishes are cleared from the table, they can be lightly rinsed and placed in the racks of the dishwasher to await cleaning. Even when I am using items that need to be washed by hand, the dishwasher is the perfect place to store them until I'm ready to gently clean them after my guests have departed. Primarily, it keeps my counters from becoming overwhelmed with stacks of dirty dishes. and they are safer in the dishwasher than stacked 'harem scarem' all over the kitchen. This is an especially helpful strategy for those of us who have extremely limited counter space. Hope that this idea will make your next party clean-up better!