I love a good meal. Nothing makes me happier than a glass of wine and a full tummy. The best way to kill that buzz is to stand up from said meal only to be confronted by 8 feet of counter space covered with crusty bowls, congealing pots and greasy spoons.
Whenever possible, rinse dishes and utensils and put them in the dishwasher as you go along. If you're really ambitious, you might even be able to hand-wash some cookware and put away ingredients before you even take your first bite! Again, resist the urge to wipe down those countertops until the meal is served and all of the dishes have been done, unless you really enjoy wiping water, soap and crumbs off the same surface area repeatedly.