We’ve all been there; Overwhelmed, tired, and wondering where the pile of dishes came from and why we decided to host dinner in the first place. Hosting guests for dinner can leave us feeling one of two emotions: full or defeated. It’s up to us to decide how we want to approach hosting and entertaining and learn simple ways to simplify the process to ensure we choose fullness over defeat.
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The one thing you’re not doing to reduce the mess in your kitchen while hosting dinner:
Run the dishwasher. We have tested this process over the years and have come to find that running the dishwasher the night before hosting guest and emptying it first thing in the morning helps tremendously. First, you’re guaranteeing all dinnerware, silverware, and glassware will be clean prior to your guests arriving. Second, an empty dishwasher helps clear the clutter off of your counters as you prepare dinner. Fill your dishwasher with prep dishes throughout the day and dinnerware after the event. Simply, clean as you go.
Clean or Dirty?
How many times has someone asked you, “Are the dishes clean or dirty?” Simplify the cleaning process by clearly labeling whether a load is clean or dirty with these cute Clean/Dirty signs! Once a load has begun, flip the sign.