That leads us to the last and most important point: Have a place for everything and everything in its place. Items you use most often should be easiest to reach, while items you rare use can go in less convenient spots; group certain ingredients next to the tools you use them with. Julia Child’s kitchen had a place for everything, with pots and pans hung on pegboards with their outlines drawn around them so she could put everything back in its spot.
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