I will admit I am a messy cook. It is not uncommon for me to leave the kitchen looking like a tazmanian devil spinned across my counters. There is a mess of dishes, multiple spoons and forks and food scrapes all over the place. But then I picked up a small trick to help minimize the mess...a "Garbage Bowl."
Since we are talking about working in the kitchen, I know that doesn't sound that appetizing but all it is is a medium size bowl that you use to collect the food scrapes. Using a "Garbage Bowl" doesn't suddenly make me a pristine cook but it does help me keep valuable counter space free. So give it a try the next time you cook.