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CREATIVE WAYS TO STORE DISHES – Jane Michael Ekanem
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CREATIVE WAYS TO STORE DISHES

CREATIVE WAYS TO STORE DISHES My rating: 4 out of 5

By Nanya Konwea

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The basis of the appealing, functional kitchen is a great workflow and arranging your kitchen or choosing placements isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. It is your kitchen so arrangement of anything including dishes should be how you want it, but also practical for day-to-day use. You might have this kitchen for years to come, so a timeless style is better. For example, you could simply stack the plates and store them somewhere in a cabinet or you could choose to display them and to also turn them into decorations. These examples can help you create a dish storage that’s right for you.

 

OPEN STORAGE

Open storage ensures an easy reach for often-used items.

  • Reserve lower shelves for items used daily, such as plates and bowls, and upper shelves for larger serving pieces.

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  • A Hutch-like design offers a straightforward way to show off dish collections and create a lovely backdrop.

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  • Switch out dishware as the seasons or your decorating tastes change throughout the year.
  • Create a pleasing backdrop for pretty dishware by updating shelving with a fresh coat of stain or paint.
  • Prevent stemware from collecting dust by mounting glasses upside-down. Install a wineglass or champagne flute holder underneath an open shelf for easy accessibility.
  • An open island is a dish-storage dream. Cutting boards and serving trays can easily slide into this island’s upper shelves. Baskets store spare dishware and oversize pots and pans below.

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STORAGE CABINETS

Your cabinets might be above the counter top or below and essentially should be fitted with levels for easy division. So divide and conquer.

  • Organize plates by stacking them from biggest to smallest. Sort them from the biggest to smallest or color from color.

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  • Do not stack your dishes in a precarious position. Stack to prevent them from falling out on you or breaking and leaving shards of glass on the counter or floor.
  • Hang mugs from hooks on the underside of cabinets if you are limited on cabinet space.

 

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PULL OUT DRAWERS

Deep pullout drawers ensure the right serving pieces, linens, and silverware are always within reach.

  • A drawer outfitted with a divided pullout tray protects the silverware from scratches, and when the drawer is open, it’s easy to admire the delicate art of each piece.

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  • If your pullout drawers are used for dishes as well, be careful to avoiding jolting that causes cracks and chips.

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  • A pullout drawer could be a great way to store pots and pans keeping them organized but out of sight.

 

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Photcredit BHG.com, Pinterest

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