HOW TO AVOID A HUGE MESS IN THE KITCHEN WHILE COOKING TO CUT BACK ON STRESS:
1-PREP, PREP, PREP.
2-Prior to your big cooking event/prep session/routine nightly cooking; make sure the dishwasher is free of the previous clean load.
3-Wipe spills as soon as they happen, whether it be on the countertop, floor, stove top, etc.
4-Keep a large bowl for your food scraps if you compost or for the garbage disposal.
5-If a bowl is not your thing, keep your trash and/or recycle bins close by for quick disposal of items. This helps to keep your prepping and cooking areas clean, avoid unnecessary spills on the countertops, cabinets, and floor.
6-To avoid the dishes piling up in the sink or counter, load the dishwasher as you go.
7-Keep your cleaning solution handy and ready for cleaning.
8-Once dinner is over, finish loading the dishwasher and run a complete cycle. You may want to put the dishes away once the cycle is complete or you can do this the next morning or later that day. However, I do recommend that you get it emptied before your next cooking session to keep from having a huge mess of dirty dishes to deal with.
Your goal is to not have a HUGE mess to deal with at the end of your cooking session or after the eating is done. Dealing with the mess later is the option that most people go for and end up regretting that decision in the end, especially due to stains that have had the chance to set on your countertops, cabinets or floor.