This video, from Nonnahs Driskill and Get Organised Already!, is packed with tips to save kitchen counter space and make sure dirty dishes get into the dishwasher (and the clean ones back out.) Anyone with a small kitchen -- or who lives with another person -- can find something here to try.
A few of the suggestions really stood out, like the idea of keeping a utility spatula in the dishwasher that you and your roomies can use to scrape dirty food from dishes right into the sink, trash, or compost bin. Then you can put the dish -- and the spatula -- right back in the dishwasher without wasting water pre-washing.
Another useful tip is to put your dish drainer into one side of your double sink, if you have a double sink. It will free up a ton of counter space you can use, and you can always move it back out if you need the sink space.
Some of the other tips are basic but also important, like making sure to establish a routine of loading and unloading the dishwasher. Have someone load and run the dishwasher every night before bed, if it's too much for your roomies to load right after using a dish. Similarly, Nonnahs suggests unloading the dishwasher every morning while you wait for your coffee to brew. Hit play on the video above to see each tip in action (it's only about two minutes) or watch it at YouTube below.
Dishwasher Tips [Get Organised Already!]