One of the issues we're having in my house at the moment is dishes. We are going through two dishwasher loads a day and we still have dishes left in the sink. It's out of control!! So I am trying a new trial run dish system. Each one of my girls will get one set of designated dishes a day. After each snack or meal they are to immediately hand wash them themselves. That way their dishes are clean at all times. The only dishes that will be put in the dishwasher will be for J (age 16 mos), my husband's, and my dishes, as well as dishes used for the meal preparation. My four other girls V (12 yr), A (9 yr), C (7 yr), and O (3 1/2 yr) will be responsible for their own. Dish washing is great Montessori activity that preschoolers, like my O, love to do. It teaches them a practical life skill and gives them a sense of responsibility. I got this idea from a blog I read one time. I thought the idea sounded great but at that point dishes weren't a problem for us. They are now!