We have lived in this house for almost 8 years. For all of those years, my baking ingredients, such as flour and sugar, were scattered across the kitchen. For a time, the sugars were kept on the shelf behind the stove. Never was it convenient to reach over a hot stove to grab a cup of sugar. Yet, I tolerated the annoyance because the sugar canisters looked so pretty sitting on that shelf.
Finally, I could take it no longer. Pretty be damned. I needed orderliness to reign supreme.
It took some shuffling and some paring down, but the baking ingredients are all housed on the open shelves in between my collection of cookbooks.
It has cut down on prep time. It has even increased my baking output. It is all just a little easier now, which is good since more often than not I have a little helper in the kitchen with me.