My husband tells me that I wash dishes in the weirdest way. He has never seen anybody wash dishes like I do. I learned this nifty way a couple of years ago by reading a book and it helps to save on water. I have washed dishes like this ever since.
I start with a clear sink and a clean wash cloth. I put my homemade dish soap on my wet dish cloth and a little in the sink and I wash the sink. Then I proceed to wash my rinsed off dishes. I stack them one by one in the clean sink.
When my sink is full, then I can turn on the hot water, rinse them off and set them aside to dry.
If you are lucky enough to have a split sink, you can have both sides washed and emptied, ready to use for clean dishes and rinse them all off. I suppose a lot of it depends on how often you wash your dishes. ;-)