When renovating the kitchen, I chose a double sink (1 and 3/4 actually) with a single drainboard. I mean, I had a dishwasher, right? I no longer needed all the drainboard space to drip dry all the dishes I wash.
Well, what was happening was that piles of dirty dishes, cups, cutlery and other items would pile on the benchtop and sit there waiting for me to put them in the dishwasher, which meant I had to first empty the dishwasher...
Wayne hates things stacked IN the sink cause he can't fill the kettle or whatever, so they ended up on the one drainboard, then overflowed onto the other side on the bench.
The mess wasn't the issue. I mean I can turn a blind eye if it means not having to do a chore, but the items sitting on the benchtop have caused the varnish in that area to flake.
I should have used oil based varnish. Live and learn.
Now, the sensible thing would be to NOT pile up dishes, to put everything in the dishwasher soon as it was finished with, empty the dishwasher soon as its finished, etc.
But who am I kidding?
I'm not that person. I try, but I can only sustain an immitation of "Perfect Housewife" for a few days, then I lapse straight back into "Slovenly Housekeeper".
So... I found this cute little enamel tray in my stuff.
I'd forgotten I had it.
See, cleaning up occasionally is a good idea!
Anyway, I put some rubber stoppers under it which do two things: they stop it from sliding and they keep it off the bench so water won't sit under it and do further damage to the bench.
Its the spot we can now rest dirty things till its time to put them in the dishwasher, allowing the sinks to remain free so we can actually use them.
Funny thing... since I put the tray there there's been no mess in the kitchen. I put things in the dishwasher and empty it straight away.
It won't last.