During a party at my house a few weeks ago, I needed a bowl for one of the guests. My serving bowls are stacked to the left inside a cabinet hanging over my countertop. The bowls, being stacked, are heavy and have always been on the side farthest away making them rather hard for me to reach. The night of the party, my friend Mike was in the kitchen too so I asked him to take one down for me. He asked me how I got them down when no one was there with me. I told him I had to climb on the counter or use a large spoon to pull them closer for me to reach. (And who knows how I got that blue glass pitcher lying on its side up there.) He laughed and said, “Why don’t you switch the bowls and glasses around?”
There were a few people who helped me unpack when I moved into my house a few years ago. I believe my mom unpacked my kitchen so it would make sense that ALL of the wine glasses were put in the spot easiest to reach. It had never even occurred to me to move the bowls. Well duh! It was such a good idea, I asked him to add it to my summer to-do list board.
Even though I had to work all of last week, my evenings were fairly open since I didn’t have to worry about school work or grading papers on summer break. I took some time each day I got home from work to complete a chore on my summer to-do list. Moving the bowls was one of those chores. A little bit of cleaning took place in addition to the moving.
Having easier access to them, I was able to spread them out a bit as well. Now they are not only closer, but the stacks aren’t as heavy either. I bought some grapes while grocery shopping this weekend. When I opened the cupboard for a bowl, it was so easy to take one out. It made me laugh to myself that I hadn’t done it sooner. Thanks for the great idea Mike!