Just my personal experience, but it might be better to try to remember the kanji not as a whole character, but as separate characters put together. For example, the kanji 何 is loosely made of a 人, 口 and 丁. In Chinese, it belongs to the 人 branch along with other kanji like 休, 使, 侍. Hope it helps :)
To elaborate on Pitfall's recommendation, I would recommend in turn that you go through Heisig's "Remembering the kanji". It uses a similar technique to teach 2042 kanji and helps you memorize them a lot more easily.
For me its fun to draw the kanji out and add the strokes. There is something to be said for becoming intimately familiar with its construction and how each mark interacts with the next. It is different than just seeing a symbol on a page all the time and the kanji truly does look different if the strokes are not done properly.