Empty your kitchen sink!
Clean before bed...
You will be amazed how dramatically different this can make your mornings run! I can wake up to a train wreck of a house, but if my sink is empty and shiny all the rest of the mess seems, some how, so much more manageable! I don't know all the psychology behind it, but it works!
... morning bliss!
Do I always manage to do it? Well, no. But if I don't, for whatever reason, in the evening (like being exhausted... or wanting to blog) I always regret it in the morning! So, do yourself a favor, and just do your dishes!
Want another little tip? Clean as you go! If you wake up in the morning with a clean sink, try to keep it that way all day! Just rinse your dishes off as you dirty them and even as you cook. This way your dishes are much easier to clean than if you wait to do them all before bed AND it is much more manageable to throw 2-3 dishes in the dishwasher right before bed, when you really don't want to, than having to attack an entire sink-full (and sometimes counter-full)!
And boys, if your wife is especially tired (or you just want to show her how much you love her)- DO THEM FOR HER! Don't do it as though you are trying to show her she has failed in some way though. Make it clear that you love her and appreciate what she does so you genuinely want to give her a break! Make me proud boys!
And you can all thank me in the morning! :-)