Here are a few things from the kitchen that are helpful for even the most seasoned kitchen maiden.
1. NEVER use a metal spatula/spoon on non-stick cookware, it will scratch it and ruin it. You will be eating Teflon.
2. When cooking, always keep dish water ready for fast clean-ups.
3. Garbage disposal: to sharpen blades, grind up ice for a few seconds. To clean cut up a lemon, remove seeds, and grind up. Take out big chunks so they do not mold.
4. Always keep your ice trays full. Empty ice trays are personally one of my biggest pet peeves.
Keep all of this in mind and you will never have to throw away pans or have smelly sinks.