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Their Most-Used Items Are Always in Sight
Eye level is key for New Yorker Karin Socci, of The Serene Home. She makes sure to stash anything she uses daily in a place that's about even with her head, so it's as easy to put away as it is to get out (forget about getting up on a stepstool to reach that pot you cook with almost every night). If there's an item she only uses once a week or less (such as a waffle iron), it doesn't rank high enough to command a "prime storage real estate" spot on her countertop or in eye-level cabinets.