I hate doing dishes, but I also hate to waste water. The key is, I run it every night at bedtime (set the timer after dinner clean up) and empty it first thing in the morning. I prefer to let it run at bedtime so it catches any dishes we might generate from late night snacks. Voila! My family is home most of the day, so by the end of the day, it really is pretty full. Also, my family knows that the stuff in the dishwasher is always dirty, so there's no excuse for leaving things in the sink or on the counter. Sort your silverware as you put it in the rack. One slot for knives, one forks, spoons, etc. It saves me minutes every day, not having to stand at the drawer and sort as I put it away.