I have started two new concepts when I cook that have completely changed the stressful dinner hour for me.
1. I make sure I empty the dishwasher of the clean dishes right away every morning. This allows me to immediately put dishes as we use them throughout the day straight into the dishwasher, keeping my counters clean.
2. BEFORE I start cooking dinner, I fill the sink with soapy water. As I dirty something it will immediately be put in the dishwasher or in the sink of water.
Keeping my kitchen clean as I cook has totally changed cooking for me. It may seem silly but it has really helped my stress level before, during, and after dinner. It takes me WAY less time clean up after we are done eating, and gives me time with my family before the crazy bedtime routines!
What do you do to keep on track of the messy kitchen?