I was perusing some blogs Saturday morning, and got inspired to do something with my china hutch after reading this post by Jacqueline at . . . Cabin & Cottage.
I was already in the middle of re-organizing some china. Over the past couple of years I have gotten rid of six sets of china or stoneware, but I still have a lot (that I want to keep) that is taking up valuable shelf space in my pantry. A set of dishes that grandmother gave to my daughter that we are storing, our Christmas dishes, our Thanksgiving dishes (which we also use in the winter), and various and sundry tea sets and red, green, and brown transferware. I am packing up the Christmas and Thanksgiving dishes and will store them on the floor under a pantry shelf.
I have tea cups in cupboards, on the hutch, on a buffet table, and on this antique gate-leg table . . . They are all over the house. Can I somehow consolidate them so they are only in two or three places?
I am also trying to find a better way to store my vintage napkins and tablecloths. Jacqueline's post inspired me to consider putting my napkins on my hutch shelves in addition to the china. Here are some napkins on a flow blue platter in my living room.
More residing in a kitchen drawer . . .
This is the best option I've found for my tablecloths, a wooden clothes dryer rack. But where to put this thing?
Here is what my hutch looked like before . . .
And here is what it looks like now . . .
Maybe I overdid it. Talk about packed.
My husband dislikes hearing china rattle every time he walks by the hutch, so I made sure to pad things with doilies and napkins. Then I stomped past it several times to make sure nothing was loose!
This cow is thinking, "whoa, mama, that's a lot of china. Maybe you need to moooo-ve some of it off of here."
In any case, this much work calls for a cup of tea. I will decide over the next few days whether or not I like it. What do you think? Too much? How do you store china and linens that you use often?
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