One more tip about keeping your kitchen clean. I start the dishwasher every night regardless of how full it is. I empty it in the morning while the kids are eating and then I have a place to put dirty dishes all day so they don't get stacked up in the sink.
And don't worry. Using a dishwasher is way more energy efficient than hand washing even when the dishwasher isn't completely full. Your nails will thank you.