You can prevent head injuries by donning a helmet, sunburns by wearing sunscreen and so on. Become a preventive princess in the kitchen by taking steps to avoid messes that don't really need to happen in the first place. For instance, cover food in the microwave so it doesn't pop, spatter and turn into a crusty mess. Put lids on sugar pots and coffee canisters so they don't spill or invite insects into your home. Cover pots and pans when simmering soups and sauces on the stove.
Taking a couple of simple steps on the front end will greatly reduce the hassle come cleanup time. Besides, who really wants to scrape spaghetti sauce off the ceiling?