Clear clutter from counter-tops.
Cleanse the dark corners of your cupboards. If you don’t use something at least several times a week, put it in a drawer or cabinet for more counter space.
Keep knives sharpened and within reach.
Keep a garbage bowl on the counter-top while you're cooking, it makes clean up even faster when you can dump out one bowl of scraps rather than constant cleaning.
As you start cooking, get out all the ingredients you’ll need and have them on the counter. There’s less chance that you’ll forget an ingredient or end up scrambling for something in the fridge during a critical step.