Part of the struggle of our dish collection is that my job requires me to have a variety of dishes in all different kinds of colors, shapes and styles! So ‘simplify’ doesn’t work so much in this case. Although I do donate dishes that I don’t love – like a bowl with a color that makes food just look blah.
The kitchen cabinets in our house in Charlotte were always frustratingly disorganized despite my many attempts to sort and separate. Bowls were stacked into towers ready to tip over:
My goal when unpacking our dishes into our new home in Charlottesville was to group like with like. We used to group bowls with bowls, but this time like with like applied to style too.
The biggest lesson for our current dish configuration is to get the majority of the dishes OUT of the kitchen and into the dining room where we have more space. The kitchen is packed full enough with cooking equipment and food, so by putting most of our dishes in the dining room, we’re able to keep our cabinets neat and open. There are so many creative ways you could house dishes – from open shelves to chest of drawers to TV stands. Don’t forget they make pretty decor!
All of our white basic dishes are together in the one big dish cabinet in the kitchen
By the way, our everyday dishes and flatware are Pottery Barn’s Great White line (although the square plates are a custom set that Karen got us). I opted for a really great white set over fancy china when I got married and think that food looks best in white dishes!
In Charlotte, our big white china cabinet held glass and servingware, but since my bowl collection is now huge, I felt the cabinet would be better to hold ALL of my bowls together. So far, so good!! I LOVE having so much surface area for bowls so they don’t have to get stacked. They are all easy to reach too. [This cabinet came from Crate + Barrel!]
And all the glassware goes in the upper cabinet that is hard to reach – since it’s not used everyday. It used to take up precious eye-level china cabinet space, but now it’s tucked away. Small bowls also have a place on the bottom shelf. With that pipe in there these shelves couldn’t fit bigger dishes, so putting skinny glasses and small bowls worked really well.
So now we have all everyday dishes and glassware together and all colorful bowls together. [I also LOVE the all-white-and-glass look 🙂 ]
The last upper cabinet in this kitchen houses all cups and mugs. Thankfully they all fit! The little IKEA shelf helps a lot too. I could use another one of those!
This matching glass-front cabinet used to be our TV stand, but here in Cville it works better as a dining room buffet. It’s also from Crate + Barrel!
It holds all of our large bowls and servingware.
Someday I’d love to have a dining room with a whole WALL of shelves that I can use to store all of my dishes – and get some more of my mom and grandma’s china out for everyday use!
See the rest of our kitchen in use in the Home Neat Home: Kitchen edition!