I'll admit that I let my dishes pile up sometimes. It's not really that I mean to, but if the dishwasher doesn't get unloaded there isn't a place to put them, and when I am in a rush, I just start the pile. For some reason once there are a few dishes, in no time there is a massive pile.
When that happens, I have a system that helps me get them washed in no time:
First I start by unloading the dishwasher (which is the culprit behind the piles of dishes).
Then I load up glasses and cups because they usually just need a quick rinse and can be put in the dishwasher.
Then I load up any pretty clean (as in don't need to be scrubbed) dishes and utensils into the dishwasher.
Then I pull out any "deep scrub" needing things (pots, pans, really gross dishes) and put them to the side to do last.
Then I quick rinse and sponge off semi-dirty dishes and load those into the dishwasher.
Then I scrub the dirty dishes and put them into the dishwasher.
Lastly I scrub pots and pans and any other bigger things that don't go into the dishwasher.
I take the sponge and some dish soap and scrub the sink really well and wipe down around the sink.
I like to do easy things first because it makes me motivated to keep going since it quickly makes the pile not seem like a mountain.
Of course the best way to do dishes is to rinse and load as used, but in the real world that doesn't happen all the time, right? ;)
How do you "like" to do dishes?