It's so tempting to leave the dinner party dishes to soak overnight, or to clean up after family game night the next morning. But projects seem more daunting the longer they go unaddressed—and “overnight” can quickly turn into three days later.
Instead, immediately do a fast cleanup right after guests leave, just before bedtime, or anytime a meal is finished. Need a little motivation? Set a 5-minute timer and do as much cleaning as you can in that time. You’ll be surprised about how much progress you can make in a short, focused period of time.