Great ideas, particularly Andy's. I can't remember 20 ingredients. But I can remember and understand a recipe that I can restate as it takes a mirepoix and a basic white sauce and .......
I wish all recipes had a preface that summarized the recipe that way. It would make cooking easier for me.
But my suggestion is clean and wash as you go.
I start with an empty open dishwasher. Pots, pans, utensils, you name it get rinsed and go right in. If I know I am going to need a pot, or pan, or knife I am using in a subsequent step I just rinse or wash it quickly in the sink and re-use it. At the end of the cooking the kitchen is much neater than if I had a sink full of cookware.
Before criticizing a person, walk a mile in his shoes - then you are a mile away and you have his shoes!