If setting the Thanksgiving table was just too
much trouble – or if you were relieved that you didn’t have to
drag out your good dishes - maybe your storage needs tweaking.
Life’s too short to not enjoy the pretty things.
While I do have a friend who uses her “good” silver, china and
crystal for every meal because as she says “I deserve it,” it
isn’t something most of us do. Life is also too short to worry
about polishing or chipping china at every dish washing.
When you do have a special occasion, it should
be as simple or nearly as simple to find and use your special
china as it is your everyday dishware.
In this first picture, you will see china stored openly in a
spare kitchen cabinet. This makes it handy to fill plates and
carry them to the dining room. The use of cabinet risers means
you don’t have to remove stacks of luncheon plates or bowls to
get to the dinner plates. This also reserves the china cabinet
for serving platters, trays, crystal, chip and dip sets and all
the many things we find hard to store.
This second picture shows china in quilted zipper storage bags.
The bags are designed to be the right size to store each size
dish. Cushions are provided to nestle between plates and bowls
to prevent chipping. This kind of storage is wonderful for
special dishes you use occasionally, such as those Christmas
dishes, Hanukkah plates or great-grandmother’s hand-wash only
Using the zippered containers is much safer and cleaner than
using a box with newspaper or even bubble wrap. Because the
plates and cups are so neatly contained, it is easy to store
quite a few in one closet. It is also easy to find, unzip, and
grab a few desert plates for a special birthday. That is
something you would not do if you had to dig through a box of
newspaper wrapped dishes.