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Were you on team decorate for the holidays early this year or did you hold out for after Thanksgiving? After the year we have all had I fully support anything we can do to spread a little more holiday cheer! Regardless of what stage of decorating you are in, we all know one thing for sure: holiday dining is going to look different and smaller than year’s past. However, just because your holiday table is going to be a little smaller this year, it shouldn’t be any less special!
I am a huge fan of holiday traditions like using china or nicer wine glasses for holiday meals. It would be so easy to not breakout “the good stuff” this year with a smaller group but I think 2020 is the perfect opportunity to use not only use your china and stemware but to get it organized. Since you are likely not going to be using the full set for dining why not use this holiday season to get everything out, clean and organize and then use your china and stemware for your holiday meal with you family (or really just like a Tuesday - we could all use a special Tuesday this year). And for an added bonus: all of your dinnerware will them be organized and easy to breakout as soon as larger gatherings can resume.
There are a few things to keep in mind when organizing and storing your dinnerware:
A sturdy container is a must when storing china and glassware. I love this china storage set and these wine glass storage cases - the structured containers are perfect for protecting your items and even durable enough to stack.
Pick a low traffic area to store your dinnerware. I suggest choosing a spot in your home that is easily accessible so you do actually use your china and stemware but also in a spot that will keep them safe. For example, don’t store your storage cases on a high shelf in an area that is easily bumped.
Protect the surface of your china. Storing your china is not just about keeping them all in one piece but also about keeping the design pristine. These felt plate dividers help cushion the plates and protect from any scratches.
Tackle the tarnish! If you have silver-plated flatware you know that dreaded moment when you are about to set the table only to open a drawer full of tarnished pieces. Invest in a proper silverware storage tray (like this here) that has tarnish-resistant properties to cut down the maintenance needed for your pieces.
Label everything. I know you are shocked to hear me say that but labeling is important so you can easily pull out the items you need next year.
The Container Store has all of these products and more for getting your dinnerware organized and ready to store for next year. And make sure to use The Container Store’s Contactless Curbside Pickup to get what you need faster during the holidays.
TELL ME: does your family have a tradition of breaking out the china for holiday gatherings? Will you be using your china and stemware this year?
Storage for Dinnerware and Glassware
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