Friday, January 8, 2010
#7 Get in the Zone
Know this. Your people will not automatically put food in its assigned place, but neither does a 5 year old on the first day of Kindergarten. Once you start your system, don't keep it a secret from your people. You must tell them where the ketchup is and where to put it when they're finished or you'll get comments like, "Mom, I didn't put it away because I didn't know where it went." or "Mom, I left it out because you're the only one who knows how to put it away correctly." You'll have to do this several times, but as long as you keep it consistent they will learn where to put stuff and where to look for it when they need it. The teacher doesn't move the reading center every week. Don't keep moving the yogurt or your people will keep asking you where it is. Get a system, but don't make it a secret system.
My point. Having zones in the refrigerator cuts minutes off the time you spend looking for things, minutes off the time you spend telling other people where to look for things, and minutes off the time you spend throwing away things that got lost and furry in the back of the fridge. These are minutes you can use for something else. And everyone could use a few extra minutes.