The good news is that men are spending more time in the kitchen; the bad news is that their master chef talents don't always come with master cleanup skills. In our house, we used to have a rule that if one cooked the other cleaned up. But it soon became clear that one of us (we're not naming names) cleaned up as he or she went along, while the other one apparently made it his or her life's ambition to cover every surface in a coating of olive oil, flour, expertly minced onion and whatever other ingredients went into the dinner.
Now we take turns cooking, and we share the cleanup chores every night. Bonus marriage saver: We make the kids tackle the really messy stuff.
Once you've got the kitchen routine worked out, pick a sunny day and send everyone outside for the next project on the list.