The Unfortunate After-Party: When Do You Do the Dishes?

The party has finished. The guests have gone home. Our bellies are full and our glasses empty. All that's left are, yes, the dishes. You can view dirty dishes fondly or you can view them with resignation, but regardless, they have to be done eventually. When do you do them?

My husband and I are fans of doing them the next morning. After the party, we collect all the dishes, making sure to check behind the plants and on top of bookshelves, but then we turn off the lights and go to bed.

The next morning, we fortify ourselves with coffee and go to work.

This isn't so much out of laziness as it is exhaustion. We like our guests to stay as late as they want, talking deep into the night and opening another bottle of wine. By the time everyone has waved goodbye, it's usually far past our usual bedtime. We're happy, but very weary. And the dishes will still be there in the morning.

What's your routine? Do you like getting the dishes done right away, or do you leave them for later?

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