Wednesday, January 09, 2008

How I store: serving pieces

I promised the raw cut--and I deliver.

As you can see, I stuff all the extra serving pieces and odd sherbet glasses in the depths of the armoire. Platters, gravy boats, you name it--it's in there.

What you won't see--plastic versions of the real stuff. I don't have room to store casual AND fancy, so I use a mix of better things every day.

Some of it's better than others, naturally, but none of it's too valuable to be used.

Tracy desperately wants to create a home for her crockpot.

Mine lives in this lower cabinet, along with all the other casseroles, Romertopf clay bakers and big glass bowls.

Don't faint just yet. I send a lot of yard sale Pyrex out with the intention that they never return.

You'll remember that I store my blue-and-white dishes in one kitchen cabinet, glasses and coffee station in another cabinet, with gadgets and baking supplies down below.

(Click here for more frugal storage ideas and photos from around my home.)

10 comments:

rhonda jean said...

It's lovely seeing pictures from your home. I tend to have my baking supplies in the one spot too. It's good to see your baking dishes. I imagine they've seen a lot of family and community events.

Shannon@Idylwild said...

Sometimes no matter how much you pare down, the cabinets still get a little crowded:) I love seeing pictures, Meredith!

Mrs. Darling said...

Okay you can have it all just give that armoir, sistah! :)

TJ said...

My crockpot sits in my cabinet too, but so does baking, pots and pans, and cereal, ramen noodles, cake mix, canned pumpkin.... You get the picture. Tiny kitchen and No pantry = very messy cabinets

Anonymous said...

Over the years I have added several pieces of 'stand alone' furniture to my kitchen. Yes, furniture. My son built me a piece that is like a base cabinet, but he made it custom high for me. (I am 5'4" and I wanted it to be my baking center so it is a little taller than the other cabinets. I also have a marble top on it. It is 20X20" tiles. I can roll a pie crust out in style...I also have a nice oak 3 drawer dresser in my kitchen. I painted it to match the other pieces. This piece holds all of my dish cloths, cloth napkins, and table cloths. This has saved me from a MAJOR kitchen renovation. I love that my son made the piece for me. It makes me think of him every time I use it. I cook for a lot of people in my small kitchen. I love every nook of my kitchen too. I can look out the window and watch children play in the yard or the garden grow...
Roxie

Morning said...

I'm so glad you also use your nice (or at least, niceish) pieces of crockery often. I found that if I saved something "for a rainy day" I never really had the opportunity to enjoy it.

Mommy said...

I love that you share so many great ideas for storage and decor. I feel like I'm living vicariously through all your great finds since I put myself on a huge spending diet this year. :)

Dawn C said...

Sigh....and don't I just LOVE my blue and white dishes?! :)

Tee said...

I love your blog. A lady after my own heart--frugal and organized. I read your recent blog on frugal ideas for storage, loved them. I noticed what appeared to be a clay flower pot tray under your kitchen sink. I have a huge turntable that works great. I've had that turntable for years, I don't even know if they are still sold. Also, vinyl wall paper makes GREAT shelf and draw lining paper. It's tough and I only buy it when it's on sale at places like Home Depot or Lowe's. I can usually get a roll for $1.00.

Anna said...

I'm not sure how long I've been following your blog, but maybe after this post?
I want to squeal with excitement over your armoire. It, and all the stuff inside, is beautiful.