so alot of this boils down to your personality type. clean as you go, works for some. clean at the end, works for others. You’ll find the right mess for you, at some point. really.. trust that it will be your way, and that’s how it will be.. just realize that it’s ALWAYS
two sets of measuring spoons. one dry one wet. cups the same..
depending on your “handedness”, work from left to right, or right to left.. that is to say.. for each formula. arrange your ingredients, that you need for that process on one side.. as you measure them, place them on the other side.. that way, if you are interrupted, you’ll never wonder what’s in the bowl.
two bowls in the sink. one hot soapy, the other a rinse. like a commercial three bay sink, only at home.. then as you’ve time, you can plow through the soapy one, and put them to rinse..
also. use your salad spinner for a mini washer for tips. you can set them to soak, and lift them out to find the one that you need. rather than a mess at the bottom of a bowl of colored water.
if you can afford to, buy kitchen towels/bar mops etc, of all the same color, preferrably white. sams club etc. then use only them. again, set them to soak in a five gallon bucket, if you have the space. this will eliminate alot of the need for bleach.. but who cares if they’re stained with food coloring. they’re “baking” towels. same with a large throw rug, for baking days.. cotton, with a no skid pad under. there’s a reason that they’re called throw rugs. so you can throw them out, if they get trashed.. Ikea has some nice all cotton ones, seems, all the time.. they’re perfect.
and Simplify. the less stuff out, the less clutter to plow through, looking for things.
just as easy to bake two as it is one.. use one, freeze one. if you have the room.
store NOTHING, NADA, ZIP in glass anything, EVER.