Next time you're faced with cleaning up a ridiculous amount of heavy sticky olive oil mixed in with large pieces of broken ceramic cruet (oh wait, that was just me, hopefully your spills are smaller and easier to deal with), try using very hot water.
Step one - banish all small children (and pets too if you've got 'em) before they can begin tracking oil all over the house.
Step two - (Carefully!!) pouring boiling water on the area you need to clean lifts the oil up off the surface and makes it a lot easier to wipe up with a rag. Once you've gotten most of the oil up you can go over things with the cleanser of your choice.
Step three - go to the housewares store and try to get them to sell you just one half of the matched set of cruets.
Stop by Rocks in my Dryer to see what's working for everyone else this week.