Clutter Video Tip: How to Organize Kitchens with Work Triangle & "Point of Use"

Uploaded by clutterdiet on 24.10.2012

Hi, I’m Lorie Marrero creator of The Clutter Diet book and on-line program and today we’re
going to talk about where to put your stuff away. How do you decide?
We’re in my kitchen right now because it’s a great place to discuss this issue. There
is a lot going on in a kitchen, we have a lot of activity going on, we have a lot of
gear, and we have a lot of tools that are fixed into place that we have to work around.
So I want to start right there. There is a design concept called “The Work Triangle”
that’s comprised of your sink, your stove, and your refrigerator. So these three elements
are heavily considered in kitchen cabinet design, but as a professional organizer, I
have two more elements that I also consider in placement of objects, and those are the
dishwasher and the kitchen table. The reason is that you have to think about this concept
– which really is what I want to talk about today – proximity. I also refer to this
as point of use. This concept may seem extremely obvious, but the idea is that you want to
place objects close to where you’re going to use them. For example, you’ve got your
potholders that you want to have near the stove and near the oven so you’ll have them
when you have something hot to handle. And you would be so surprised how often we go
into a client’s [POP] home and we don’t see objects placed close to their point of
use. So that’s why it bears repeating and it bears thinking about.
So you want to consider this proximity when you’re looking at all of these fixed elements
in your kitchen. We have another video that we have about the four “F” words that
I use when I organize, so those are Features, Frequency, Flow, and Function. And when you
are looking at these work triangle fixed elements, you’re really looking at the fixed features,
you’re looking at [POP] the flow between them, and what you want to do is make sure
when you’re considering those you look at the proximity and sometimes put things away
close to two of those features, even two or more. Like, for example, your drinking glasses.
You might want to put those near the dishwasher, but also near a water source like your refrigerator
dispenser or your sink. [POP] So there’s a lot to consider and, you know, if you really
need some help with this, you can look at this product that we invented. On the job
as organizers we really needed a system to help us think through all of this stuff when
we’re organizing our clients’ kitchens. So I created the SpaceScaping Kitchen Organizing
System which is a set of labels with temporary adhesive so that we can strategically place
all this stuff before we start moving it around. You can see a lot about how this works if
you want to on the page where we sell it. It’s at
See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.