There is nothing worse than waking up to a sink filled with dishes. Do your dishes right after you enjoy your meal. If you can wash the cookware as you go along while preparing the meal, even better.
If you have washed all the dishes and put them on the drying rack to dry, take the extra 2-5 minutes to dry the dishes and put them away. If the dishwasher is full, run it and put the clean load away before you go to bed or head out.
Your kitchen is cleared and ready for the next cooking project.