By Lambeth Hochwald
To avoid the dreaded dish pileup, clean as you go—especially if you're having company over. This means washing dishes and wiping counters as you prep, just as real chefs do. "No one wants to spend an hour getting the kitchen back in order after dinner," says Karen Hoxmeier, founder of MyBargainBuddy.com, an Internet bargain website, and a single mom of three. "At the end of my meals, only my plates, cups, and utensils remain to be washed."