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By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
Although this seems like a very good idea, it would take bit more time for me to arrange than my current stacking. Will give it a try though. Seems like a good use of space.
We live in a manufactured home without much cupboard space. My solution for organizing my dishes is to make them part of the decorations. Our round oak table takes up most of the dining room area so there is no room for a china cabinet.
I hung decorative plate racks on the walls and keep my every day dishes on them. They are part of my decorations. It makes table setting easy as I just reach over and pick my dishes off the wall. My china cups and tea service are on the table. I have the cups on a rack or tower. I am always prepared for company this way.
By Leila B. from Brookings, OR
Good tip, and it does add to the decor, very nice.
FarStar's question is a good one, but I already know the answer from my use of open shelving in my tiny kitchen. I dust everything before I use it:) Yes, it does sound like extra work, but I've got a couple of cupboards that have doors and I find I still have to dust everything out of those as well.
Whenever you find yourself cooking meals that require lots of advance preparation, try this. Put wooden skewers across the dishes so you can stack them. If you put skewers on top of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan, you can then stack a smaller baking dish on top. Using another couple of skewers, you can stack a dinner plate on top of that. This is helpful for small spaces.
By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO
I recently expanded my kitchen and use vertical racks for storing my dishes. It uses less space, and I don't need to lift my dishes. I just pull out what I need, and dishes are so easy to put away.
After I wash all my pots and dishes that I don't use very often, I put them into polythene bags and seal them with ties. Then when I need them, I don't have to re-wash them before use.
We don't use the dishwasher that came with our house because it uses 9-16 gallons of water per wash and runs for hours! I can wash dishes by hand in 2-3 gallons of water. . .
I felt that my dish storage space was not being used effectively, so I purchased some inexpensive wire racks at Ross. They turned out to be about half the height of my current dish shelves, and therefore doubled the space.
I live in super-tight quarters, so I'm always looking for "space saving" ideas! To add extra shelf space to your kitchen cupboards, spend $3.99 and buy several of those 5 inch high stacking wire shelves at your local variety, liquidation or discount store.