I am the last person that you should take advise from in the kitchen, maybe the bedroom but not the kitchen. Anywho, this is more like a cleaning tip than a cooking tip. I take the recipe that I'm using or say the empty cake mix box and use it as a splatter guard. It always splatters when you first start mixing with the mixer. This saves me so much clean up time and I can always remember which one of my recipes are really good just from all the stains on it.
Have a great day,