Saturday, May 06, 2006

Putting Large Things on top of Smaller Things:

There's a Monty Python skit about a club devoted to putting things on top of other things. I've found it's more interesting to specialize: put large things on top of smaller things when the time is right. I can't really generalize about this, but I do have two good examples enough for a blog entry.

  • You're trying to store lot of pots, pans and utensils in a storage space. One of the items is a large baking pan. You might think you should put the pan in first ad put smaller items on top of it. But the sides of the pan create a boundary, limiting the size of what you can put next to it. Instead, put everything else in first, then put the baking pan, upside down, on top of everything else.
  • I was trying to fit a large dish into a crowded fridge and there seemed to be no room, until I carefully centered something smaller underneath it. The dish was now four inches above everything else on that refrigerator shelf, and it cleared everything, giving it lots of room.

    Other real-life examples will be appreciated. Comments?
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