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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Where Do I Stash Them...

I have decided to join The Tablescaper today for "where do you keep it all" meme. I feel exposed and embarrassed...I am not sure if I should thank you, A, for hosting!

I live in an older house, over one hundred years old...closets are premium real estate, therefore no neat shelves of dishes in the closets. I am only showing the half-way neatest places I stash them...there are others but we will leave that for another day.

3 shelves in the tv armoire Howard modified for dishes.








Industrial strength shelves in what used to be Howard's office.


Glassware cupboard in laundry room.




Most used glassware in the kitchen.


Bottom of hutch...can't show the other side, wayyyyy too messy!


Under the little hutch, napkins, placemats, candles, silver.


Some table linens in the laundry room armoire, the rest are in a dresser.


Sorry about the unorganized mess that surely has assaulted your poor eyes...

43 comments:

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Mine should be half so nice...ANYWHERE in the house. My extra dishes are stuffed into the cabinet in the garage with the bundles of pasta, jars fruit, waffle iron, extra cooking equipment, paper products etc. We shop big and stock up so not lots of room out there. Also I have an open cabinet and two hutches...full in the family room. ALL of them over packed and dishes and STUFF piled on top of each other. Thus, I get worn out just looking at all of it and pass on meme's lately. Ah well....there is always next week...I hope.
Yours looks fantastic!! :)
Hugs,
Mona

Linda said...

Not bad! I am lucky to have a closet I know. I am going to get more shelves to organize many totes that are stacked everywhere. You can hid a lot by only taking photos of what you want folks to see...lol. Mine is much messier then I showed. Thanks for sharing.

GardenofDaisies said...

What an amazing collection of plates and glassware! I loved looking at your pile of table linens... you have so many cheerful colors!!

xinex said...

Your dishes and glasses are all stored so neatly. Thanks for
showing us!...Christine

The Tablescaper said...

Thank you so much for coming and joining the party.

You like you have things in order!!! Love how your modified the armoire. Whatever works!

It's great to share all of our stashes!

- The Tablescaper

Elecat said...

Lol! Oh I feel soooooooooo much better now. Ha, ha.... To be honest, I haven't got a lot of stuff stashed anymore because with 6 moves within 3 years, I've had a massive cleanout but with my obsession with markets, etsy, op shops and garage sales: give me 6 months & I'll be there again. :)

Rettabug said...

Don't be embarrassed...you're in GOOD company! I think it all looks quite neat, actually.
The stemware seems to be the most difficult for me to find room. I need to enlist DH's aid & get some shelves like your hubby did for you.

Annie said...

There's a lot of stuff, Mimi, but its very well organized (at least what you have shown us, let's see the rest, LOL). I just wonder if there is room somewhere in the house for Howard's toothbrush? Just curious :)

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

quite a collection you have! and very neatly arranged! the armoire just awesome!

ellen b said...

It looks neat to me! Love all your glassware!!

Carol at Serendipity said...

I didn't show all of mine! I will certainly be motivated if there is another party like this! You have neat stuff!

Carol

Shelia said...

Wow! You've done a great job with storing your things! Love that cabinet with the maps on the outside. Everything looks so neat and organized.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sally said...

Hello Mimi,
You've accomplished the impossible by finding so much storage in an older home. Thanks for letting me peek.

Fifi Flowers said...

WOW... that is quite a collection!

Diann @ the thrifty Groove said...

I think everything looks great Mimi! I love all your glassware! Great collection! it was so fun to see all the nooks and crannies we addicts use for our addiction! LOL

Dining Delight said...

Now that's not messy! You look very organized and neat! I grew up in a 100+ year old house so I know the value of closet space in those homes! Love all your glassware, so many colours and styles!

DD

Kathleen said...

I think it looks very neat! And I bet you can find everything when you want it!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Mimi, I LOVE that armoire with the maps on it. I have an old armoire and am wondering if I could decupouge some maps on it and then use a brown glaze on it. You've turned it into great dish storage. I've used some creative photography often to block out the mess next to what I want to show on my blog! Everything you showed look very neat and organized. laurie

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Mini, It is so fun to see where you keep all of your dishes. They are really quite organized! ANd you have so many!
Fun post! Keep collecting!
Yvonne

Barbara said...

How awesome is that. i have a very humble collection. i enjoyed the visit. Thank you for sharing.

Natasha said...

I spied the rooster jar that you use on the blogger profile! I also spied lots of other fabulous dishes and glasses-you have some gorgeous things! Thanks for showing them all today!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Dishesdone said...

Great stash! I love your armoire! Funny, even with no more place to put things, I always manage to get more stuff and still manage to put it away. Of course only I know my system, anyone else and everything would topple, if they could what they were looking for!

Debbie said...

Does not look like an unorganized mess to me....looks awesome, and I am in awwwww over how much you have....you always do pretty table scapes....

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Ha ha... what a prob for us who's a tablescaper.

Love your unorganize treasures. I can't wait to see how you organize them.

Poor me. I put them in a box and damp in the attic... no place to stash them all.

Have a gorgeous TT and a great day.

x0x0 from Stockholm

Sandi (Meme) said...

One of these days..... I might have a place that's organized for my things, but not yet. Thanks for stopping and leaving a comment about my country table. Loved having you! Have a wonderful week. Sandi

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

All I can say is: "Oh My!"

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

You are exposed - LOL! Creative dish stashing :)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I think it looks great! And I love that beautiful cabinet, so pretty!
Cindy

scribbler-unfocused said...

Funny! I thought I was the only one. Thanks for the kind word today.

Scribbler

Audra said...

I am always looking for great places to stash my dishes. I have some in the attic, garage, under beds, in closets and on shelves. It's a sickness, but one I hope I not cured of too soon!

I love all your dishes, it was great recognizing a few of the pieces from your table scapes.

Johanna said...

Mimi, that looks quite familiar for me. You have so many different plates, that makes me very curious for the coming years of tablescape.
Thanks you so much for your visit and your nice comment.
Greetings, Johanna

Jen C. said...

Not bad at all! And those old houses have so much lovely character, who cares about closets anyway? Well, almost! :-) I think the TV armoire is a beautiful piece!

Tammy@ A Doctor in the House said...

Forget the organization. I'm just drooling over your beautiful dishes and stemware! Lovely!

Becolorful said...

Oh I'm not worthy. I only have two sets of white dishes and some brown and white ones, oh and some polka dot but you have every color. My husband thinks I am a "dish whore" oh well I do like setting the table even if I don't like to cook. :) Your table settings are gorgeous. I love all of the pattern and color.
Thanks for stopping by my bridal shower.
Pam

Bill said...

It looks impressive and well thought out to me. I need to follow your example ... I focused on the words "industrial strength shelves." I just know one of these nights, I'm going to be awakened by a terrible crash as many shelves of china, crystal, and flatware chests come tumbling down!

FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Hi Mimi, You are more organized than I, but I understand about being exposed, I didn't join in the party for that very reason. Since I'm new to tablescaping I don't have nearly as much as you, however, I've managed to fill up 4 totes, 2 large and 2 medium size, plus smaller totes with napkin rings, plate holders, etc. I also have things under the couch and in cabinets, too funny. I can't wait to get some strong shelves like you have so I can get everything in one place! Thank you for sharing, where you stash them! And thank you for visiting and leaving your sweet comment on my Garden Delight Table...it really brought me pleasure to design this table with the garden tool centerpiece! I like trying to do unique displays with flowers; however, I don't think the pictures captured the centerpiece as well as I wished. Hosta's make great fillers and I forget that from time to time. Have a wonderful evening!
Hugz,
Kim

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Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I've enjoyed seeing how organized everyone is with this favorite hobby! Great job!

Katherine

the passionate hairdresser said...

Hmmm....perhaps a "Thrift Store Anonymous" meeting for you??? LOL!

Holly said...

Your collection is lovely...and I am so jealous that it looks so neat and orderly. I have yet to figure out a place for all of my new treasures. Thanks for showing us where you stash it.

Denise Marie said...

very well organized, in deed!!

Anonymous said...

Love those placemats! Cutest things ever. Also love the cabbage bowl. My MIL had glasses like that.

Daisy

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Ooooh, Marigene! I am dizzy! Love your wonderful stash! Now I need to go back and study each photo! Happy Easter!...hugs...Debbie