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.
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. I find this very useful particularly for my "best dishes" that are only used for special occasions.
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. These have given me so much more room! I can now put my cups under my plates, and stack my boxed goods over my canned goods. (They work great in the craft room and garage too.) Believe me when I say, they are truly worth the money. But, if you do a bit of woodwork, you can make your own from your wood scraps.
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. In these pictures, about half of my dishes are being washed, but when the shelves are full, they are full! I feel that the space is better used, and now I have an upper shelf freed up for other uses.
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.
We're giving the dishwasher to a neighbor whose dishwasher had broken. But we use ours as a dish drainer and we don't want to clutter our very limited counter space with drainers. So we've decided to build a dishrack above the sink where we can store AND dry the dishes at the same time. This type of arrangement is very popular in Scandinavian countries where they make cabinets for this purpose.
This will eliminate the need for towel drying, dish drainers cluttering the sink, and we realized we can store more dishes in a row on their sides in a rack than stacked on top of each other. Also with the dishwasher gone, we will have more storage space that we can adapt to our needs.
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