When I lived in an apartment without a dishwasher I had a washing up bowl under the sink to put dirty plates in until I washed them so my sink was always clear and useable.
I could stash my dirty dishes out of sight, leaving my sink free for any other uses, and just wash up every couple of days once the bowl was full. (I also always rinsed food particles off dishes first so that it didn’t stink while under the sink.)
I can’t tell you how annoying it is to have a sink full of dishes and no time to wash them — leaving a practically un-usable sink for days on end. Mich, I could kiss you. But instead, I shall just clear space for a dish bowl under my sink!