Sunday, November 20, 2011

My Dish Room Organized

Hello all! We are approaching another week, the week of Tanksgiving. I am sure everybody is busy preparing for it.

This past few days, I decided to reclaim a walk in closet and some shelves to create my dish room. This closet is in the garage and it used to be a storage room for our luggage. Some luggage were already moved out when I took this picture.

It is also the electrical room so you will see circuit breakers for half of the house and the other one is for the centralized generator. The other circuit breakers for the other half of the house is in the guest bathroom, on the other side of the building. I also kept boxes of dish overflow here and clothes that I have not sorted and put away since we moved. I have since given 2 boxes of clothes to charity and will be delivering some more this week.

It was quite overwhelming at first.

This is one wall of the closet, on the right side as you enter the door. It already has built in shelves.

John bought all the plastic bins from Home Depot. Twice he has depleted their supplies and we still do not have enough. I like the size because they are not too big so they do not get too heavy when filled with dishes. The only problem is if the set is big, I might have to put them in up to 3 bins, which is fine with me since I just label them as such. They also close securely and stack nicely.

It is starting to look better, isn't it?

John bought this whitewashed pie cabinet from an antique store about 2 or 3 years ago. He would not give it to me to use for my dishes because he said it reminds him of his grandmother's. He used it to store cleaning supplies and garbage bags in the garage instead.

Well, I finally got it because he bought 3 big heavy duty Seville rolling stainless steel shelves for the garage. I guess he has been in the organizing mood too.

I emptied that white cabinet and cleaned it thoroughly and then dragged it all by myself (before John could change his mind, lol) into the garage walk in closet. As you can see, I filled it pretty fast.

I was pretty happy with it at first but then realized that I will have to move a lot of bins if I want to use the dishes that are in the bottom bins. And if you know me, I like to use different dishes every week if not almost everyday.

And so I measured one of the stainless steel shelves to see if it will fit that wall and it did! And I figured we can just roll it out if we need to get to the electric panels. So, I told John to give me one and he can just order more. He asked me to order 3 more. and I tried but I could not believe that they were $25 more in price, so I am still waiting for them to drop to what we paid.

Again, I dragged that shelving cart all by myself into the closet. Before I could drag it in there, I had to take down ALL the bins that I previously organized and take out the folded table that they were sitting on. Too much double work here but I better do it which I was in the mood, lol.
There was so much lifting but it was all worth it. You can see that I have the bins all labeled.

I use this basket to store my organizing supplies, scissors, pen, tape and labels. I also use it sometimes for flatware when serving buffet.

This is on top of white washed pie cabinet.

I placed some overflow plate chargers here since they are too big for the bins and they won't fit in my charger plate closet inside the laundry room. Notice some are yellow, which is my Mellow Yellow contribution.

Do you see that tall green drum to the left of the cabinet? It's a central vacuum system for the house which we never use. I don't even know how it works. It looks so unsightly so I think I will cover it with a curtain. John suggested we take it out but I think it might be a selling point if we ever decide to sell the house. What do you all think?

Now, it is easier for me to pull a bin out since they are only stacked in two's now.

This is the shelf on the right wall as you enter the door and it is also organized now.

I added a throw rug for a warmer effect.

Notice the green wood chest. It used to sit by the wall to the left as you enter the door. I never moved it because it is very heavy and I could not remember what was in it. But I finally dragged it to the right side of the stainless steel shelves.

I opened it and guess what I found it in! Yep, you guessed it right! More dishes and glasses and some placemats, lol!

I love how it looks now! Do you? And I added more bins under the shelving since.

I am really very happy with the way it turned out and it is making me breath easier even if my muscles were all sore for a while. It was definitely worth all the work and I am proud to say that I did it all by myself.

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ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

WOW Christine, I would love to have a space like that for my dishes and glasses! I love how neat & organized you have it! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Martina

Sheets on the line, love in my heart. said...

oh christine...i want to come to your house....and get a bit sneaky in your dish room. after i was there you would find much of your lovely collection missing!! :)
you did an awesome job! you inspire me girl!!

Sonya said...

Christine se trabalho ficou maravilhoso! Querida tenha uma linda e abençoada semana.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You have been busy! Would love to have a storage space like that.

Kathleen said...

Great job, Christine! I have about 6 of those racks in the basement filled with stuff. I need more though, too much stuff on the floor and it is messy!

I love my central vac system. It cleans so much better than a regular vac, the power is wonderful...better than a suwon, electrolux, etc. Use it!

I forget what. Pic it is, but I spy a box of stemware that I got from HG when I was with The Tablescaper. We both got them, BUT I see a red sticker on yours!
I am going back to look so you can make me sad that I paid full price!

Kathleen said...

Ok, there's a big number six on the side of the box and they are on the top shelf of the rack you borrowed from John. :). How much?
And that strange word in my prior comment is Dyson!


Oh Chris that is great what a fabulous closet and you organized it so lovely! I did see something I have, the onion soup French bowls and the cute basket with the ceramic squares! You crack me up, I can't believe what a terrific job you did pal, my stash is all over the place, a complete carton mess...I will fix the girls room next year and will follow your terrific organization. Congrats and have fun at Florida! FABBY

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Christine, such a wonderful closet and you did such an amazing job with all of your dishes. Fabulous storage. I am totally jealous. Hugs, Marty

Robin said...

You were busy and got a workout too. Just how long have you been a dish collector? I love how you have one closet just dedicated to your dishes and how organized you are. Thanks for sharing!

Robin Flies South

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Christine, this is just wonderful! It's all so organized and looks so nice. I think you've made much better use of John's grandmother's cabinet than he was. I know that was a lot of work, but I'm sure it will be worth it when you want to find a set of dishes. laurie

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

I love when I accomplish a great organizational project. You did such a nice job in your dish room. I love the stacking bins, they're fabulous!! Hope you and John have a great week!!

Elaine said...

I have to admit that when I saw all your dishes, I thought you might have an addiction problem. That is only because I have turned a blind eye to the mountains of dishes that are in my basement.

You are truly an inspiration. And you were so smart not to use too big of bins. I'm sure it will be worth a little muscle soreness!

Creating Wonderful Spaces

Kansas Amy said...

You did a great job organizing! I have to admit.. I have dish envy now. :)

Tardevil said...

I came over here to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, and I see you've been very busy! Your new closet looks great. I wish I had a space like that! The only problem I see is it doesn't look like there a space for any more dishes! ;o) Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Lesley said...

Your dish room does look very neat and organized. But, I am not sure I understand how or why you have so many dishes?

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Christine, oh my goodness.. girl that is a whole lot of the metal shelving is "great", love that it's on wheels.. would you mind sharing where you got them? I can see them used in my shop storage area..would sure help the organizing down in what I call the "war" room.. lol. hugs ~lynne~

SmilingSally said...

I'm gasping. It certainly is nicer now that you've organized everything.

Thanks for sharing these blues.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Blue Monday, Christine!

Jeanette said...

Looks like all your hard work was worth it. It looks wonderful! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

High Street Cottage said...

Christine, it's so nice to meet you! You really did a great job organizing! That pie safe is swoon worthy for sure!
I would have it in my dining room or kitchen, sooo pretty!
And I thought I had a lot of dishes! Wonderful post, tami

Marigene said...

Christine, you have more dishes/glassware than most stores! You did a great job getting everything looks so nice, neat and full! I would ♥ to have a room dedicated to only dishes.

Fashion Momma said...

You are well organized Christine. Like everyone else, I would love to visit you and take a peek inside your dish room.

I played too. Mine is here.

CJ Foss said...

You are a woman after my own heart! I finally got around to organizing my dishes last summer, and I need to do some reogranization this week, and you are my inspiration! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I'm your latest fan. ~CJ

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Christine, this is a fantastic post. I need to find a better storage system for my dishes. I've just been tucking them here and there but I never know where something is when I want it. Worse yet, I have forgotten what I already have!

I love the idea of the clear, not too big bins. I also like how you have the pictures and descriptions on the bins. So Martha.... in a good way :)

xoxo Bunny Jean

Anonymous said...

Christine! Oh, your new dish closet looks wonderful and what space you have! You did an excellent job in organizing it too. I would love to have a wonderful space like this! You lucky gal! :)
I want to wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Blondie's Journal said...

I love how you have everything so organized...that is going to help you so much when you are having guests or making a tablescape!! The boxes are great...I never thought they could be so colorful! I bet you are happy everything is in order now, that's a lot of work!

Your last post was so interesting. I know that Al really missed out on this. Maybe the next time we are your way we can see it! It's awesome!

I hope you are having fun in Florida, lucky girl. How are your daughter's doing? Happy Thanksgiving, my friend! And to your whole family!



Debby@Just Breathe said...

It must feel great to be so organized! I am in awe of your collections.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Wow! What a closet you have. You are so organized with those see-through boxes and all your labels. I think you have enough to open your own store and definitely a restaurant. When is the party?

Alycia Nichols said...

I am convinced now more than ever that you and I were separated at birth!!!! When I read how you dragged that pie closet by yourself before John changed his mind, I laughed out loud SO hard!!! I can just imagine you doing that. I can imagine ME doing it!!!!! I do it all the time! A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, right!? Maybe someday I will reveal my storage areas. I have everything all labeled in Rubbermaid bins and stacked sky high. It's the only way to keep track, isn't it? You did a magnificent job, Christine! Way to go!

Unknown said...

That looks good now. And I like plastic bin because we can see inside. I know you have a great time organizing them all they are precious. ^_^

Chubskulit Rose said...

Wow, super organized! Happy Thanksgiving Christine.

genie said...

You have turned the room into a work of art...I kid you not. You all have done an awesome job. It is so attractive now. What a great overhaul. Know you are going to enjoy it. genie

The color yellow
It soothes my soul and spirit
Nature's gift to me

Traci said...

It looks great!!

Sue said...

You were definitely on a roll when you tackled this closet, Christine! It is so organized and neatly labeled. Oh to have an extra room to do this! I miss my old basement! LOL
Happy Turkey Day, my friend! hugs,Sue

Anonymous said...

..your dish room is well organized
..i love your blog!
..good job! are very nice

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