When you begin to cook:
* Start with a clean kitchen
* Have your dishwasher empty
*Use a "Rachel Ray" garbage bowl or bag on the counter to save you 100 trips to the garbage under the sink.
*Fill your sink with hot soapy water and wash everything as you go. As soon as I empty a pot I wash it. It takes 2 seconds. If I wait until after dinner, it's all dried and crusty.
*I've heard of using a tray or a bin to carry everything to and from the kitchen table. I'm testing it out this week and so far it has saved me about 30 trips.