w"Just set it and forget it" - a phrase the old pitch-man, Ron Popeil made famous.
So that's what I did with my oatmeal in the microwave.
It bubbled over. Of course it did. I was juggling in the other room. ( literally practicing tossing and catching bean-filled bags )
So, do I just think -- I'll get to that later. No.
No. I don't. ( thanks mom )
"Can I do the dishes later?" -- was my reply when she'd ask me to do the dishes.
"Sure," was her normal reply.
What she didn't bother to tell me, and I suspect she knew -- or maybe she didn't. But I think she knew that the dishes take longer when you let the food dry on them.
So, this spilled oatmeal gotten taken care of immediately.
This immediate action makes it easy. A quick squirt of hot water and the spinning microwave tray is clean - ready for its next use. No scrubbing, no wincing in pain of wasting time for something so stupid as dried oatmeal.
But, imagine if I'd let it dry. There'd be scrubbing, a severe waste of water, and not less than three thoughts of -- this mother #&^$*(@! oatmeal. ( not less than three, means at least three. )