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7 Tips to Store Dinnerware

Put an end to breaks and cracks with these storage tips

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Are you familiar with the statement ---"Nice to look at, lovely to hold, once you break it, consider it sold"? It may not apply if the items we're talking about are delicate pieces that you already bought and have at home. But we're sure that you wouldn't want your precious dinnerware and glasses breaking while you're storing them, right?

Here are handy hints to avoid scratches, chips, and nicks:

Styling by Kat Von Einsiedel. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

1. Store them within reach.

Lessen the chance of dropping and breaking frequently used dishes by storing them on shelves or kitchen counters that are within arm's reach. By doing this, there's no need to tiptoe and you can see right away what you're holding on to. You may reserve higher shelves for rarely used and special pieces while the bottom-most levels may be used to store heavy serving plates and crockery.

2. Use paper padding.

Prevent stacked plates from banging against and scratching each other by inserting paper plates between your fine china. They are even cut to size, too. If you don't have paper plates, sheets of kitchen paper towels do as good a job, too. Each tear provides a square that’s big enough to cushion even large dinner plates. Just remember to keep your stacks low so as not to put too much weight on the piece that’s at the bottom.

3. Use a charming drying rack.

A wooden peg rack will keep your dishes from ramming into one another while you let them dry, and can make for easy transportation from drain board to cupboard, too. Best of all, it’s pretty enough to stash in together with the plates, keeping them safely stored as well.

4. Use a plastic drawer organizer for your cutlery.

Get your cutlery drawer organized instantly and protect your silverware from scratching each other by using a plastic drawer organizer. You may even group similar items together into: knives, forks, spoons, dessert spoons, etc.

5. Use cup hooks.

Maximize a tall shelf by screwing on cup hooks and hanging mugs and coffee cups from there. Spaced evenly and generously under your shelf, these handy holders will also prevent those nasty chips on your cups’ lips.

6. Use a non-slip padding material.

Line your shelves with a non-slip, slightly padded material. It can serve a dual purpose, too. Your plate stacks grip the surface they’re put on, plus they won’t bang or chip against the hard wood or glass surface of your cabinetry.

7. Place them in bags.

Extra special heirloom china and glassware deserve extra care, and these quilted containers are made just for them. They come padded all around, with layers of cushioning in between so there’s no contact between each of your prized possessions, and they’ll keep dust out, too. These come in various sizes, for everything from stemware to dinner plates and tea sets.

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