The organization bug has hit me….bad! I confess…it is greatly needed. It is a personal goal of mine over the next few months. If I don't do it, my husband will! I can't have that! What would he throw away???
My parents gave me 2 box sets of French looking Better Homes and Gardens china for Christmas and my birthday. The funniest thing was that my step-dad was blown away that I wanted something from Wal-mart for a gift!!! He has no clue…lol!
I had absolutely no place to put this new china…all 8 place settings! In reality, we have tons of storage in our home. It is just not utilized appropriately. I started with my dining room china storage. I have 2 identical built in storage cabinets on either side of the door way going into the kitchen.
I love, love this new china! It will enable me to add lots of different linens and other china with it. I really enjoy the mixed look of linens and china!
I have a lovely mahogany display china cabinet, so I really didn't want to have to bother with these looking as put together for display. Last year, (pre-blog) I sewed panels for the glass doors. This is very simple. You could even do a no sew version with iron on tape if you are not a sewer. If your can sew a straight line, then it is an easy fix!
Now, I could hide my disorganized mess! Not much other than the formal china had a place. Things just got stashed where they would fit. As a result, things that I loved were just not getting the use that they deserved.
I hope you won't be disappointed! This is not a post of beautiful labels and fancy boxes. I wanted to complete this without a lot of unnecessary purchases. January is always a funds tight month for us after Christmas!
I failed to take some really good before pictures. Here is the only one that I took. You can see especially on the shelf with the margarita glasses that things are just shoved in with no rhyme or reason.
I removed everything and started fresh. I washed items and wiped down the shelves. This project took about 4 days. I know…I'm slow when I do things like this for myself. It was trial and error project to find just the right fit for it all. I also made sure to place items used more often within easy reach!
All that mess is hiding and waiting behind closed doors!
In both cabinets, I stored my seasonal fall and and holiday pieces up high. I don't mind getting on a step stool for these. The items that I use most often are at eye level or lower.
I bought every wire rack that Lowe's had in stock. I need a couple more for the other cabinet.
Now everything has its own place! I can't get over how these wire racks increased my storage space. I plan to use them throughout our house!
2 sets of formal china
lower cabinets of bar ware and serving pieces
Here is the finished 2nd cabinet. I do want to purchase 2 more wire racks from Lowe's when they replenish their stock for my candle holders.
Now my vases and pitchers have their own spot as well as glassware, serving pieces and 2 sets of more casual china.
Easy access to my new Wal-mart and older blue and white china. I rarely used the blue and white china because I had to get a ladder out to get to it in my kitchen!
I have candles that I'd forgotten that I had. No longer are candlesticks all over the house in different stashed places (that I forget).
Here are a couple of Goodwill containers that work perfectly to hold votives and tea lights in a pretty way.
My newly organized candle storage made restyling our mantle a breeze! (pics soon) This is where I want to add the Lowe's wire shelving.
I already had these 2 baskets upstairs. They work perfectly to contain the pillars and tapers. They don't match, but that's OK with me. The biggie is that they are functioning!
Now that all is organized, I'm having so much fun using our great stuff!!!!! Now that it is all organized I can also focus on picking out the new paint color for the dining room. YAY!!! I can't wait to share my choices with you.
I'm having a bit of trouble with Blogger. It won't let me upload photos with the uploader so I am having to do it with HTML. HTML only allowed me to make the 1st photo larger. That's why the others are a bit smaller. UGH!!! Anyone else with the same problem? Frustrating!
I have a few things that I'm looking forward to sharing with you as soon as our weather cooperates. It seems like we have had non-stop rain and cloudiness in my little part of SC since Christmas.
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