By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
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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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.