Mamanan, I'm like Puppylover. I prepare things as much ahead of time as possible. If I'm making mashed potatoes, I'll peel them and cover them with water in the morning. My mornings are far better, too. Also, I found that using frozen veggies helps a lot. I used to buy broccoli and have to clean it. Now I buy broccoli florets and pop them in the microwave. They are every bit as good and actually better for you since they were frozen shortly after being harvested. The fresh things in the stores are "older" when they get to you. (I read an article about that!)
Also, when my children were small, my husband did the clean up for me. Now my adult children clean up for me when I make a big meal. That is a huge help. After all, you went to the work of preparing the meal so that should be their contribution to the dinner. Kids are good at loading a dishwasher, too.