I call this the "Next To Rule.
Sounds easy - and is easy – yet it is hard to explain why we spend
an awful lot of time hunting and looking for things.
To remedy that, I’ve rounded up the
top ten “next-to’s” for your kitchen:
Coffee next to coffee maker - Add filters, scoop, creamer, and
sweetener to that list.
(2) Potholders next to the oven -
Sounds simple but we’ve all made the unsafe move of grabbing the
nearest dish towel. Not only might you get burnt but you might start
a fire as the towel dangles down onto oven or stove burners.
(3) Beater blades next to the mixer -
Put all the parts in the same location. Don’t hunt for some in
this drawer and others in that drawer. This applies to anything with
(4) Dishwasher soap next to dishwasher
- Get a plastic basket to hold your dishwasher soap, liquid dish
soap, and scrubbing pads. It will all be where you need it and the
basket will keep your cabinet floor clean.
Baking powder and baking soda next to flours - I’ve not seen
much call for them without flour.
(6) Grill brush next to the grill -
It’s a lot easier to clean if the brush is at hand. While you are at
it, put some cooking spray made just for grills out there to. No
wonder food sticks if you have to run back inside to find it.
Measuring spoons next to the measuring cups - If you need one,
you pretty much need the other.
(8) Paper towels next to the sink -
Unless, of course, you really don’t mind mopping the floor because
someone had drippy hands as they went to reach for the towels and
then turned around and walked in the drips.
(9) Trash bags next to the trash can -
If you aren’t prone to leaky wet trash, then they can actually
be stored in the bottom of the trash can, hidden by the clean liner.
Pen, paper and calendar next to the phone - We shouldn’t be
surprised when we actually have to take a message.
Simplify your life. Apply that
Rule" all over the house.