Today’s de-cluttering task is in the kitchen, with the one item of equipment that I claim responsibility for — the wine rack. It has been specially made to fit at the end of the island work top. It was carefully crafted in oak with a top drawer above a rack 6 bottles wide by 8 bottles high. It is used a lot and needs to be a paragon of kitchen efficiency. So it is a shame that the drawer sticks when you try to close it. It is also a pity that the 48 spaces in the rack never seem to be enough. There is always an overspill of extra bottles on the floor at the side of the rack, ideally placed for tripping over.
So today I am going to apply all of my kitchen ergonomic skills. Not that I have any, but it sounds good 😀 With a few key questions :-
- What do we use most frequently in the rack ? —- Mo’s white wine, followed by much lower quantities of my red wine.
- What else is in the rack ? —- more white and red wine that we rarely consume, so they rest there adding clutter-years to their vintage
- Anything else ? —- a bottle of Marsala that I bought once, years ago, to make Zabagleone and never did; bottles of tonic water for any frequent gin drinkers that drop by.
- And ? —- no beer, because it’s a wine rack. Even though I drink it quite often with meals. Anyway it is much more convenient to walk to the far end of the house every time.
- What spills over on the floor ? —- large and small bottles of sparkling water which we use more frequently than all the wine. We are a very sober family really. Honest.
So here is my ergonomically considered re-design :-
- tonics, etc, but definitely no Marsala.
- another row of beer.
- a row of beer.
- a row of red wine.
- a row of other white wine.
- a row of Mo’s white wine.
- a top row of sparkling water.
- More water.
You may have noticed by now that I haven’t done any de-cluttering in the form of disposing. This time I am just re-organising 😀 Which is what you do when booze is involved. It is far too valuable to throw away, so you buy yourself time until you can consume it.
There must be a better idea for dealing with how to store excess booze. Any inspiring ideas ?