You should pity the checkout staff at my local shopping centre, for I am obsessed with packing.
I’ll happily wait in a long line in order to win a spot with James, the best packer in the place. His use of space is nothing short of beautiful. I watch each item off the conveyor belt and into the ‘green’ bag, seeing how he creates just the right spot for each one.
It’s like a foodie version of Tetris, the computer – now iPhone – game with which I am obsessed.
I think this game has paid off in my kitchen practices: my skills in packing a dishwasher are nothing short of staggeringly efficient. Just like the instructions which accompany each piece of scientific equipment in a research laboratory, I’ve even thought of developing a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). This would provide other members of the family with a chance to match my prowess. Small cereal bowls cannot and should not go on the top shelf, for example. It just doesn’t work. Small drinking glasses can fit under lunch boxes if placed at the top right. You get the picture.