One Simple, Smart Idea: Rotate Your Everyday Household Items

One Simple, Smart Idea: Rotate Your Everyday Household Items

Taryn Williford
Jul 22, 2014
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How many identical plates do I have stacked in the kitchen cabinet? Twelve. How many plates do my fiancé and I go through in the few days between dishwasher loads? Maybe eight or so. If you're doing the math, that means the four plates at the bottom of the stack are practically brand new. It's time for a rotation.

While our "favorite" eight plates are used and abused (and definitely showing their age with scratches and chips), we have four pristine place settings collecting dust at the bottom of the stack. The easy solution to our household imbalance? Flip the stack. Grab the lesser-used bottom plates and move them to the top for some time.

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The idea is to spread our use across the entire stock of goods, making sure each plate or glass takes on its share of wear and tear for the group, kind of like rotating the tires on a car. The set as a whole will last longer, and you won't end up replacing one or two plates from an otherwise unused set (especially one that's discontinued or might only come in fours). When it's time for a replacement, you can upgrade your whole stock knowing that each piece has been worn out equally.

This kind of mindful use doesn't only apply to plates. Anything around the house that gets stacked or used frequently could be ripe for a rotation. Try grabbing towels from the bottom of the pile for a while, for instance. Or take on a first in, first out strategy for socks in your sock drawer.

Do you rotate anything around the house?

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