A line of thread well worth following: The Thread Study is a proven method that allows you to precisely map out daily kitchen routines. The study involves tying a thread to the leg of a virtual test subject and using this to track routes and activities in the kitchen. Seven different daily routines were observed in an L-shaped kitchen. Optimum conditions were established for the study – that is without forgetting the influence of other people or things in the kitchen. On average, the test subject covered a distance of 264 m every day, which equates to more than 96 km in a year! For the sake of comparison, a marathon covers a distance of 42.195 kilometres. During our travels, we open the waste bin up to 50 times and our cabinets up to 80 times in a single day. We have therefore put together some helpful tips and tricks to make the kitchen layout as efficient as possible, so that unnecessary distances are avoided.