The problem I ran into was the family not being able to tell when the dishes were clean or dirty. Here's where the magnet comes into play: I remembered seeing magnets that go on the dishwasher door and say clean and dirty. A quick internet search revealed exactly what I was looking for:
Now I no longer have to answer the question, "are they clean or dirty?" nor do I come home to a sink full of dirty dishes. Such a simple solution to a major headache.
(Image from www.zazzle.com)