The dish ran away with the spoon … so we need crock solutions

That’s how it sometimes feels like when the stored crockery and cutlery are in disarray…and it can be an embarrassing affair when you are entertaining, to be missing a dessert spoon or saucer. So I learnt to find them all a special home. I also learnt how to stack my teacups and saucers, Martha Stewart-style. image

It also pays to make a date to remove old shelving paper, replace them with new ones, wash and wipe down all the dishes, plates and teacups… image

A butch cupboard with transparent glass makes you want to display your stuff in style, and to take care of your sets, since multiples always look better.

Cutlery, spoons, forks and knives can be wheeled out in this butler-on-wheels, along with seasonings, and special dish for that special person, adding a touch of resort luxury style!

Cutlery, spoons, forks and knives can be wheeled out in this butler-on-wheels, along with seasonings, and special dish for that special person, adding a touch of resort luxury style!

But what do you do with all the rarely used crockery, or odds-and-ends, or eyesore items that you want to keep out of sight? Well, you keep them sorted, but out of sight.

Wineglasses are specially kept in a dedicated case bubble-wrapped

Wineglasses are specially kept in a dedicated case bubble-wrapped 300¥ Case

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The great frequency with which earthquakes happen, it makes sense to keep wineglasses tucked away in protection. I stapled bubblewrap to cardboard partitions to separate the wineglasses, and then wrapped one large sheet of bubblewrap around all the glasses to create a nest.  The two makeshift yellow floral print cases cost about 300 ¥ each only.

Other stuff that went into storage…the odd party salad bowl…ice-shaving-maker..

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The cleaning cloths, cleansers and gloves all need a proper dedicated home too…these are used daily.

imageimageimageimage Underfoot deep storage is used to store emergency water and the home-pickled bottles with red lids.

Underfoot small cellar stores water rations

Underfoot small cellar stores water rations

With the kitchen appliances and countertop and all surfaces given a good cleanup, the makeover is almost complete.

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The finishing touch is dressing the window. A cozy window makes washing up more fun, well..less of a chore anyway, and a few decorative touches make the home look cared for and thought about.

Before: messy mug collection line the sill

Before: messy mug collection line the sill

After: Cat themed pieces decorate the sill

After: Cat themed pieces decorate the sill

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