24 Activity — Organizing Tangible Objects

Some organizing systems use lots of organizing principles because they contain many different types of resources. A kitchen is a familiar example.  Here is a kitchen that is very well organized because Emilie Hardman, the person who uses it the most, works as a librarian.  She is very experienced with organizing resources!


Match the organizing principles with the kitchen resources that could be organized using them (some of these are used here in Emilie’s kitchen, but you should think about other kitchens too):


1) Size and shape properties
2) Used together (taskonomic)
3) Alphabetic order
4) Used very often (kept in a visible and easy to access location)
5) Used only by adults (kept hidden in a cabinet or otherwise hard to access)


A) Spices
B) Dishes, pots and pans, knives
C) Wine and liquor
D) Salt and pepper shakers, cooking oil
E) Coffee maker, coffee grinder, coffee filters, coffee beans

ANSWERS (don’t look until you’re done):  1B, 2E, 3A, 4D, 5C


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