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  1. This is great! I am now inspired to organize my China cabinet and buffet. The family china as well as the china cabinet was passed down to me when my Father passed away but I just combined it with my china and collectibles, but never organized it all. Now’s the time for me to organize it and display my Grandmother’s China in the top of the cabinet where it can be seen. Thank you for this post and the inspiration!

    1. Thank you, Judy, and I’m so glad you were inspired! I had very much the same situation, where I was organized until I started fusing into my own collection bits of other people’s collections. Part of cleaning out is also knowing what to keep and what to let go of, so you can appreciate what’s left… 🙂

  2. Wow! This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing! I have a weakness for dishes but your collection makes me weak in the knees! So beautiful and sooo beautifully organized!

  3. Beautiful and very well organized! I wish I had room for more!

  4. Great job making your dish collection look so stunning and organized. So beautiful.

  5. Gosh girl, you have a lot of dishes. A weakness of mine too.

  6. hi lory, sharing on the weekend edit sometime today ;0)
    This storage closet of plates calms me! xo laura in Colorado

  7. That must have been so fun Lory – I love organizing if I actually have a place to put things! 😉 Congrats on getting it all done! ? Happy Saturday!

  8. Love the storage for your dishes. I have several sets of casual and fine china. The issue I found is COFFEE CUPS and MUGS. Sheesh, does anyone use those anymore for meals other than breakfast? They take up so much room.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes! That is so true. For the coffee/tea cups that come with the china sets, I nest 2 or 3 together. Mugs I keep in a kitchen cabinet. I use only white mugs so I can keep them in the glass front cabinets, but hubby loves those mugs with school logos or teams on them. You can be sure those are hidden behind wood cabinet doors… 😉

  9. Alice Genzlinger says:

    This is my first time responding to your post because the font is so hard to see but organization I should say is my thing. I really dislike to dust so every one of my dishes are behind doors. Your idea to turn a closet into China storage. Is ideal.

    1. I’m so glad it resonated with you!

      As for the font, are you reading on your phone? Is it the size, color or the font itself? I keep making it larger and darker, but when people are reading on tiny devices, it’s still hard to see. Not sure what else to do as its nearly black now. If you are reading on your phone, perhaps if you turn it sideways, the font gets larger. Maybe that will help?

  10. Lory, you’ve got some great tips here! Thanks. I have a thing for all kinds of plates but you’ve got quite the stash too! I have to ask though, where did you get those gorgeous candle hurricanes on your dining room table?

  11. I love that painted detail small sideboard that’s below the mirror with the wine glasses on top of it. I think it’s adorable the way it is. Don’t paint it because it’s unique and it’s not mass produced and white trendy. I love your organization skills with trying to tame all of those dishes. I have dishes for just about all of the seasons and some odd holidays. I love the H shelves. I might invest in those because they will break up different sets of dishes so that I will be able to see without constantly moving things just to get to a single set etc.. Love your ideas

  12. I love everything you have…..except those SKULLS!! Yikes. I’m French vintage all the way. NO skulls, lol.

      1. Yes. just kidding. Whatever you like. They are certainly scary looking.

  13. Joyce Peny says:

    I understand that your collection of dishes and accessories is part of your life and life’s work, but I am at an age where I am seriously down-sizing and struggling to part with treasures. I am keeping some lovely furniture and will take on board your suggestion to show off the treasures and hide the day-to-day. Since my ancestors are French and my visits there, I hanker after the French country look and can’t wait to retire and get into my hew home and enjoy the time I will have to make m,y house a home to love – even with less.

    1. Believe it or not, I’ve gotten rid of a lot too! I do tend to keep dishes more than anything because I like to entertain, but even that I weed out constantly. We can’t keep everything and learning how to strike that balance between what we would miss and what we’ll never even think about again is quite a valuable skill! Good luck!

  14. Do you use felt (or other) dish dividers to protect your stacks of plates and bowls? I consider these to be essential for preventing damage to my dishes, especially the antique sets.

    1. I don’t anymore. I used to store my dishes in those quilted cases with a piece of paper towel between every plate, but I use my dishes too often. I think if I continued to store them that way I’d stop using them, so I prefer to use them and hope that nothing happens. I also put them in the dishwasher… 🙂

      1. Wow! If you put your Haviland and other antique dishes in the dishwasher, you are indeed lucky if none have been damaged or broken! Storing these dishes in stacks without some kind of protection (at least paper towels) will eventually result in scratches or damage to the decorations. I’m glad you are using your antique dishes, silver, and crystal, but they were not designed for harsh treatment. I love using my antique dishes for serving, but not if they are damaged. Because I live in earthquake country (California), I store all 17 sets of my dishes in quilted cases with felt dish pads between the plates and bowls. I love using them whenever I can.

        1. I once wrote a blog post about how I came to collect vintage china. The quick version is that I used to keep them up in our finished attic in quilted cases. One year I was bringing them down the stairs to the dining room and fell down the stairs. I wound up with a quilted case full of broken china. This opened me up to collecting and using mixed sets of china, something I’ve come to delight in. If I washed my dishes by hand, I’d be likely to drop one and break it. With the exception of the fall, my china has stayed in one piece despite using the dishwasher for the past 30 some odd years. My theory is better to use and enjoy them than keep them in pristine condition… 🙂

          1. Guess you were lucky to survive the fall yourself!

  15. Barbara C says:

    Love your organization posts. They are very motivating for me! Thank you.

  16. Kate Foran says:

    Loved this article. I have a passion for tableware too. Your closet of plates in such neat stacks is fabulous. Seeing a stack of plates is always enticing to me.
    My house was built over 250 years ago, so there are no closets. I solved my accumulated tableware storage by acquiring several furniture ‘china closets.’ Kate in Connecticut.

    P.S. I also have an extensive set of flatware. I have added to the set from my nana. While my solution is similar to yours; it is quite different. I’ll have to send your some pictures of how I customized my flatware storage. I think you’ll like it

  17. Love all your beautiful dishes, napkin rings, & how well organized you have everything. I can only imagine the fun you have creating beautiful place settings. Pretty dishes are a must in my book!

  18. Terry Menz says:

    I appreciate this article on your fine dinnerware storage. I struggle with this as we have china and crystal we received for our wedding gifts as well as pieces handed down to us from my husband’s family. I have 3 sideboards in our dining room and have these items as well as a few appliances that do not fit into the kitchen cabinets. Unloading everything and taking a fresh look is a great idea. I also want to go back to hanging tablecloths in a nearby closet. It became so packed with coats before we were empty nesters that I gave up on that idea then. It would free up precious drawer space, for sure. I love the look of your home and am striving to set a style for our home that is fresh and welcoming.

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment! It sounds like you have lots of nice things that you care for, so I’m sure with the right inspiration you’ll have the storage worked out in no time… 🙂

  19. Thank you so much for sending this you did a great job!! I still need more cabinets

  20. I am going to say this is one of my favorite posts ever. I am moving soon and will have quite a few spare bedrooms. I plan to take one of the closets and get my dishes organized. At the house I am presently living, I have table runners, table cloths, and napkins hanging in a hall closet that was not being used. Thank you for your ideas and posting them. They are very inspiring.

  21. I love this post. Unfortunately, none of my 5 daughters were interested in inheriting any of my inherited/ collected china. One niece did want her grandmothers china (from my mother-in-law), so I boxed it and handed it off to her dad who delivered it to her in Seattle. As for the other 4 sets, we kept the one we use for every day which is Lenox “Cloud”. 2 sets were sold for nearly nothing in a family members estate sale. One set still resides in storage awaiting whatever decision I come up with. As I’m currently working on finishing a two year long total house declutter/organizing self imposed chore, you’ve inspired me to hang on to that set, a 60 piece set of vintage Luray Pastels. Those dishes were collected from all sources, mother, grandmother, in-laws and thrift shops. Now, to find the place for them to live out my life…hummmmmm?

    1. I love your outlook and attitude, and that’s the one thing I should have also addressed in the post. Ultimately, things are just things and there’s no right or wrong where things are involved. If you choose to clear away space by giving things away, that’s great. If you prefer to keep something that’s either meaningful to you or you simply love it, then finding space for it to keep your home organized is important. I absolutely love that you use one of the sets for your everyday dishes!!

      1. I’ve promised my girls that dad & I won’t leave so much stuff for them to deal with, like we had to at my parents and then my in-laws. We’re in our late 60’s so I decided it was time to get started! I began during the Covid lockdown in 2020. If I come across something I think the girls might want, I send a group text . They are required to either text “no thanks” or “claim”. I get more no thanks than claim.. but it has worked pretty well. GoodWill has become the recipient of much of my stuff… and I really love all the organized space I’ve created. I think I’ll be done by the end of 2023…
        that reclaimed closet idea turned China pantry is probably going to happen at my house very soon!

  22. Loft Boarding says:

    Great post on dining room storage! I especially like the tip about storing stemware near drinks. It makes so much sense! I’m also wondering if you have any tips for storing odd-shaped serving platters or large serving bowls? I always seem to struggle with those. Thanks for the tips!