WillyNilly's version is much like what we do with small variations. You also have to know that, in NYC, in-sink garbage disposals are not legal. You scoop the junk out of the strainer
in the sink and put it into a trash bag.
1) Soap up a sponge and start the hot water at a bit more than a trickle.
2) Wash and rinse the glasses. Place on the drainer.
3) Wash and rinse the knives, forks and spoons. Place in the drainer. Once the little things are out of the way, the rest of the washing-up looks much less daunting.
4) Pile the bowls for the side dishes in the sink. If necessary, put more soap on the sponge and go
to work. Rinse under running water and place on the drainer. If the drainer's getting full, dry the glasses and put them away.
5) Do the plates in the way described above.
6) If you have something ugly to clean, such as a fondue pot or a lasagna pan, squirt in more soap
and hot water. Let the vessel sit for an hour or two. Pour yourself a glass of wine, turn on some nice music and relax.
Of course, if you have to pay a water bill your perception may be very different.