Cleans aren't as hard as you think.
I too used to think they are difficult to learn, but my boxing coach taught me how to do them properly within 5 minutes.
Just start off in a deadlift position (both hands pronated grip - I think thats the right term? palms down not up), keep your arse low, head up.
Then basically deadlift the weight as fast as possible, when the weight gets to your knees, shrug your shoulders and and raise your calves, and pull the weight up, this part is basically like a cheated upright row- all done as one explosive movement.
Then to catch the weight, just bend your knees slightly (as if someone has walked up behind you and pushed there foot into the back of your knee), then just stand up straight.