if you are like us and living in a small place with a very small kitchen, there is a good chance you will be washing your dishes by hand instead of by dishwasher. for us, this can be a pain especially when your counter space is nonexistent like ours. these are just a few tools we have found helpful for us dishwasher-less folk.
tool # 1: a drying tray. catches the water from spilling and making a wet mess on the counter. we got ours here.
tool # 2: an ultra absorbent drying mat - rests above the drying tray. this tool is new to us but we love it! it helps soak water away and dry dishes quicker. it's also machine washable! similar one here.
tool # 3: a dish rack. great to help organize and let more dishes dry at one time.
tool # 4: good dish scrubbers. we personally like to have one that can hold soap up top for easy dish-soap dispensing and cleaning and one with a handle that can fit inside hard to reach places like drinking glasses. we also prefer these types of dish scrubbers to actual sponges because they are so much easier to keep clean.
tool # 5: an absorbent drying rag for when air drying is just too slow. ours is from here.