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Do Dishes After Every Meal
The kitchen is definitely somewhere I spend too much time, but for me it's nonnegotiable. Unless we have to run out the door, dishes are done after every meal to ensure the kitchen is ready for use later. This decreases stress during the evening routine when everything is a race towards bedtime.

I also make an effort to be more mindful about how many dishes are used in a day. Limiting every member of the household to one cup decreases the amount of dishes to be cleaned. 

Moreover, even your littlest helpers can assist in unloading parts of the dishwasher, like plastic dishes and silverware (without the knives). The sooner you train them, the sooner you'll be spending fewer minutes each day repeating the same dreaded tasks.