Store Items Where You Use Them

High-frequency-Use items at an arms reach with these  handy pantry organizers.

High-frequency-Use items at an arms reach with these handy pantry organizers.

I call this concept “First Point of Use.”  Storing items near where you use them, saves time, effort, energy and perhaps even sanity. Well, let’s just say, it keeps things simple and I like simplicity!

Years ago, I was visiting a family member and I simply could not find the trash bags because they were stored 6 feet away from the trash can, on the other side of the kitchen. I shared the “store-it-where-you-use-it” idea and the bags were relocated closer to their first point of use, saving steps and saving time.

More recently, I was organizing for a client that was seeking kitchen/pantry organization.  As I observed how the family used/returned items, it became clear that the cereal boxes needed to be stored directly at the pantry entrance, as opposed to the very back. This offered ease of use for the kids to quickly grab and return the boxes.

Store seasonings and spices near the cooktop/stove, store keys by the front door, cups and glasses near sink, copy paper near printer, laundry basket near restroom/bedroom, toilet paper near toilet, dog leashes near front door, household cleaner and paper towels in each bathroom, etc.

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