Thursday, January 21, 2010

Where Do You Store All Those Dishes? Part 3

Long rainy days make for the perfect time for Show and Tell Friday hosted by Cindy over at My Romantic Home.  Join all the participants as they show and tell about their lives.

It started with a post about my kitchen three weeks ago on Show and Tell Friday showing where my vintage Fiesta is now displayed. The vintage Fiesta was in a glass front display closet in the pantry hall, but that's all changed and other things are now on the move too.

Then I showed you where my "good dishes" now hang out.
Part 1 Post

And a corner cabinet that functions as a kind of transition solution,
when things are moving about. Part 2 Post

So here is Part 3 in the series "Where Do You Store All Those Dishes", which is the most often asked question on The Little Round Table.   The question got me to thinking about what I actually do to store everything and is there a logical plan involved?

Main Entry: store
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: collect and put aside
Synonyms: accumulate, amass, bank, cache, clear away, clear up, cumulate, keep, keep in reserve, lay away, lay up, lock away, lock up, mothball, pack away, put away, put by, put in order, reserve, salt away, save, save for rainy day, sock away, squirrel, stack away, stash, stash away, stockpile, store away, stow, stow away, tidy, tidy away, tidy up, warehouse

Some of the synonyms for "to store" sound a bit "obsessive" ...... well yeah, I'm guilty! There was a plan when we designed our retirement home out in the boonies of the San Francisco Bay Area. We bought the land in 2004, spent a year permitting the land and construction details, built in 2006 and moved in the last week of October 2006.

I had a plan for where everything would go and implemented said plan as we moved over several months time from our prior home about 40 miles away. Then about six months ago I started reconfiguring where things "lived" in the new house. It's a classic pattern for me. The actual living in a house for a couple of years, generally dictates where things should really be.

This is an antique pine store fixture that I've had for years and years.  Originally it held my collection of American made mixing bowls from the 30s and 40s, then it held my collection of non-Fiesta dinnerware from Homer Laughlin. Sometimes baskets, bowls.....but now it holds some of the dinnerware and accessories that I use to decorate our daily lunch and dinner tables.

It is located in the "pantry hall" which is adjacent to my laundry room.  There's a funny story about the most recent adventure in moving this cabinet to this house.  The piece is a full 8 feet wide by about 7 1/2 feet tall.  With the full glass doors it is large and unwieldy.  When it was moved into our former residence, the 5 big gorilla moving guys said NOT to call them when it needed to be moved again.  They lost money on that $25 delivery fee. :-)

Because we were moving over a period of months, Mr. TLRT and I did the move ourselves, loading the cars with the important stuff like dishes for all the trips back and forth.  We rented a series of trucks and trailers during the months of transition and did it at a fairly slow pace.  (Eventually near the end of the transition period, we moved all our Koi and goldfish on a long harrowing trip in the car .... they all survived!  Try to picture a Cherokee filled with plastic tubs and WATER with pumps running on a generator.)

When we had tip-toed around this cabinet as long as we could, it was time to move it.  Long story short it was an impossible task for the two of us.  We couldn't even maneuver it out the doorway.  So I removed the top and bottom moulding and said, "Cut it in half!"  After much heated discussion, it was cut in half from top to bottom, the doors were removed, and it was a piece of cake to move.  The reassembly was painless, with some extra bracing under the base of the cabinet which makes it more stable than it ever was before.  Whew!!

The shelf dividers/risers make for a lot more efficient use of the space.

Do you recognize what those plastic thingies are that are holding
some of the candles and votive holders?

A couple of years ago I found a bunch of those plastic box picture frames on the
Michael's sale tables for $1 each.  I knew I wasn't going to be using them as picture frames,
but surely they would be useful for something.  They are amazingly strong and
are excellent "trays" that slide out easily and can be carried around from place
to place with all the bits and pieces to put a table together.

I originally kept all my napkins in the drawers of an old printer's cabinet,
but found that if I couldn't see them, I would forget about them.  Then I kept them with the tablecloths in another cabinet, but they were hard to find and continually wrinkly.

This is my latest solution.
Plastic shoe bins are working really well and the napkins are easy to spot and pull out.

I hope you've enjoyed another look at where all these dishes and accessories live and that you
will tune in next week for Part 4 of "Where DoYou Store All Those Dishes?"


  1. Hi Candy! What an organizer you are! Love your mercury glass and linens!

    love, kelee

  2. That is what I call some serious organization! And the colors are all so pretty!!~Please come and see my show and tell:)

  3. This all looks so visually pleasing to me! I love everything in that cabinet. --Delores

  4. Totally jealous! Would you be offended if I said I hate you? ha! just kidding. Love the cabinet and all of it's contents. You have so many lovely sets. Thanks for sharing your beauties with us.


  5. I need you to organize my husband is getting frustrated at all the dishes I have...he says I am contantly running the dishwasher because of my obsession....LOL

  6. Love the idea of the "trays". I'm going to give that a try. I think I previously told you that I'm in the midst of finding a better way to organize my napkins.I like to lay my napkins flat as I never know how I'm going to use them so I think I'd find the plastic shoe boxes too small, but you've got me thinking!

    - The Tablescaper

  7. Kudos to you for being so organized!!!! Putting the linens in plastic bins is such a good idea. Mine always somehow get dusty!

  8. Love that big cabinet you have with your dishes! I really need to invest in some of the little wire racks to lift the dishes in my dish storage. loveed the idea of using the plastic box frames to hold the candles!

  9. HI CANDY,

  10. I would love to have you come here to my house. I have a hutch in the dining room that really needs your expertise!!!

    My show n tell is nothing but January Clearance items that I found if you'd like to view them....


    Would really enjoy your company today if you have time to stop by.

  11. Wowzers! Organization is the KEY, yes? Inspiring me to get there!!! Thanks for sharing.
    It's great. :-)

  12. WOW! I love this....I do use the shoe containers for my napkins also...and for the napkin rings...but you win hand's down on the organization...

  13. Thanks for so many nice're gonna give me a big head! Remember that I am most likely a LOT older than many of you, so I've had years more to practice being organized!! LOL

    I was NOT always organized, but my excuse was always that I spent a lot of time raising two great kids and the fact that I had disorganized closets is not a big deal, but my great kids are a testament to the time we both spent enjoying raising them, rather than having tidy closets.

    Tablescaper - the plastic bins of a different size could be used to lay them flat or if it were me, I'd get a bunch of non-handled rolling pins and roll a set of napkins around each pin, then put them in the bins. Or you could use empty paper towel rolls covered in a nice print fabric or contact paper. My ironing board seems to always be up, so I never make the decision of the configuration of the napkins until the last minute ..... come to think of it, napkins are the very last thing I add to a I give them a quick press, crease or whatever when I add them to a table.

  14. WOW you sure do have quite a collection of everything and everything is beautifully displayed. Love it.

  15. Oh Miss Candy, I am older than most too! However I do not have your skills! Wish I did. The best organized I ever am is the grocery
    Wish you were closer!
    smiles, alice

  16. Holy moly that's a lot of dishes! I wish I was that organized!

  17. WOW!! Thanks for all the ideas. I am in the process of putting shelves in one of the closets. The idea of the shoe box bins is great. I might even get some for my napkin rings.

  18. It all looks so wonderfully organized. And I did that too! Cut a closet in half. I'll have to post that story soon too.

  19. Wow, thanks for the show and tell and inspiration. I think I will redo my pantry using some of your storage ideas!! A good Spring project. Love all your colorful Fiesta in the wood cabinets, pretty.

  20. Thanks for all your nice comments and come by on Friday for another Show and Tell Part 4 with another view of where my dishes hang out.


Thank you for your lovely comments.

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