Doing the dishes is a simple chore, but for some reason, nobody ever wants to tackle it. By making it a competition with something at stake, everyone in the household might want to make an effort.
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Whether you live with your significant other, your family, or just some roommates, there are ways to keep that sink from filling up. Ariel Knutson at The Kitchn suggests you bring the competitive side out of everyone:
Decide that night -- preferably before or while you're eating dinner -- that you want to make washing dishes a competition in your relationship. Suggest that whoever does the most dishes that week gets a special prize...
The prize can be anything from picking the movie on movie night to getting the last ice cream sandwich. Create your own rules and find something that will motivate everyone, then keep track. Of course, you could always follow the golden rule of whoever cooks the meal is exempt from the dishes, but this is way more fun.