Saturday, June 4, 2011


I am joining The Tablescaper for her "Where Do You Keep It All" party to celebrate her 2nd Blogaversary!  I joined in last year and a few things have changed since then.  I've added more stuff...I know you are shocked...NOT!
So let's get started!

This was a photo of my dish closet last year.  I've made some changes that have added more storage space

More shelves and I've tried to sort the dishes into color groups
I took down the placemats from the top shelves and instead put large serving pieces up there
The next shelves house some of my S&P collection and my Cobalt Blue depression glass set and other odds and ends
The top shelves on the side store some sets of Metlox china I've been lucky enough to find and some seasonal items
I added another set of shelves to this side for the large place mat collection and divided into color groups
Below the placemats is this great shelf with two drawers I found at a thrift shop.  The large shelf is great for charger plates and the drawers hold some linens
This side was hard to photograph so excuse the angles.   I got two closet organizers (using "My Points" to get a gift card) too maximize the storage. Adding two bins (found on clearance) at the bottom gave me some additional easy storage space
These shelves hold teapots, pitchers and other assorted pieces.  The bins hold additional linens.
I used some storage boxes to corral my teacups and saucers

I found this great little step stool at the thrift shop to keep in here so I can access most everything.  If I need 'tippy top' items I have to get the larger step stool.

Once we leave the dish closet we head into the dining room
 The hutch is filled with glassware and other odds and ends!
Next is the Basement...a work in progress

This is an area I am trying to make into my ETSY shop corner.  Shelves for my inventory and a work table for packing and shipping.
This area of the basement is where I hope to store many of the seasonal decor I have.  I'm trying to put each season in a bin marked with its contents and then store them here.  The shelves will be for items I use in tablescaping or vignettes but not as often as the upstairs items
Stuff has been just piled up on here but will be organized soon...I hope! 
I also have this hutch downstairs that I plan to devote to my milk glass collection.  Most of it is stored here but a few other items have stopped here on there way to somewhere else.  
I also have some storage in the upper cabinets of my kitchen.  Mostly stored there are extra glassware and my Christmas dishes. 
So that's where I keep it all!
I hope you will join
The Tablescaper
I want to thank Stephanie at 
Junker Newbie for doing a feature
on me today!  Check out my interview 


Barbara F. said...

Wow! My post for tomorrow pales in comparison to the ones I've seen so far! I couldn't possibly keep the quantity but I do enjoy looking in other closets!!! xo,

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Linda, you are so much more organized than me. What a lot of stuff, but it is neat.

Betsy said...

Can I come shop at your house? I've always wondered where tablescapers keep their inventory. You have to be organized and it looks live you really have it under control.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

All kinds of great goodies in these pics! I think my heart stopped when we got to the milk glass:@)

Pondside said...

I just knew you'd be organized - just knew it! I won't be showing my big mess anytime soon!....but I'll take inspiration from your post. :)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! And to be so organized. Right now I have more clutter (mainly in guest room)than organization going on, so won't show mine. If I'd get off the comp. I could probably solve that problem. :D
Stay cool.

bj said...

OMGOSH, this all looks so so nice. You have A LOT OF DISHES, girlfriend. You've done wonders with keeping them all so neat.
I sure as heck need to work on MY storage....:(
xoxo bj

Keetha Broyles said...

Your dish closet is SOOOOOOO organized!

I spy your boopie stems sticking up in the middle of that glass cabinet!!!

And my basement is a work in progress too - - - I need to get PART of it progressed before Keri and Jason come to visit in July - - - otherwise they will have a headand footboard, but no mattress on which to sleep!!!

Marlis said...

Linda, your dish closet is wonderful. What we need is a dish room like the white house! You are so wonderfully organized! blessings, marlis

Sweetladyelaine said...

I enjoyed looking into your closet! Although I do not have the quanity of dishes most ladies have, viewing the closets has given me good ideas for storage. Thank you for sharing!
Blessings My Friend,

Anonymous said...

Last year was not bad but wow- your updates are wonderful. My whole house is a work in progress. In summers heat I enjoy taking time to work in a cool basement, so for now it is clutter central. I do not think anyone can compare to the organization our dear Tablescaper shares. She sets the bar high.

Sarah said...

Great organization. I'm taking notes. I need to get myself organized. ~ Sarah

Chatty Crone said...

I am so impressed - I don't know what to say - I know you have been working hard on getting it arranged but you did an awesome job. You have a lot of nice things!

Ann said...

wow that's some closet

Susan said...

Oh Linda, I'm wowed by your large collections. Good for you that you are working on organizing. Oh, I'd LOVE to have an organization consultant come over and help me. ha ha ha Susan

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Linda, what a wonderful improvement in your dish closet since last year! I know you must enjoy the organized space; it looks great. As for the Etsy inventory challenge, I totally understand! I once had a basement and things were pretty easy once I got it organized ... but my old house doesn't have a useable basement, so I'm having to get creative! Still a work in progress here, too!

The Tablescaper said...

You've got some great organized space. That closet on your main floor has so many useful shelves. You've made some great improvements since last year. What's really neat is that you've got space in your basement. You've got sapce in which to sort and organize. That's what I really need - space to work in.

Thanks so much for coming to the party and sharing!

- The Tablescaper

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Love the organization of the dish closet! This blog-iversay really gets people organizing!

Lin said...

Hi Linda,

What fun closets!
Also, what fun things you collect.
Right up my alley!

Anyhow, you should write a book on TABLE SETTINGS.
Your lovely things would look so nice in a book.


Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

You definitely have enough stuff to fill up a booth!!! At least your things are organized. Mine, not so much!!! :)

Deb said...

I love the new look of your blog...well, new looking to for me, I have come to the time in my life where I have purged and crossing the US in an RV for 2.5 kinda tends to carry what you need.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Wow Linda! You have so many great tablescaping goodies! I am very impressed with your storage solutions too. You are so lucky to have a pantry to work with that you can devote to the dishes. Your work in progress in the basement has me wondering if this is in my future too. Oh no!!

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

Looking very organized! One of these days I'll get it together!

Toronto Yardsaler said...

Amazing! You should think about opening up your home for public tours. You could charge admission. You've collected so many beautiful pieces.

Gina said...

I love to see how everyone organizes their stuff. If anything it makes me feel less guilty for having so much stuff! LOL You seem to have everything organized neatly & that's no easy task when you have lots of pretty goodies as you do.

Bounty Huntress said...

That was a fun peek! Wow- a WHOLE closet JUST for dishes!!! I would have never imagined such a thing to exist. I'm envious! And that concept is going on my wish list. :)

Diann said...

Everything looks great Linda! You have some wonderful shelving units for you things. I had to take long looks at all the pretties you are showing today! love it!

D said...

Wow! Your stuff is so organized. It inspires me. You do have some cute stuff. I'm trying not to be envious.

The Dragonfly On Iron Gate said...

Are you serious !!! I want to shop here. Wow.. LOVE.. don't worry about being organized, who ever is all the time? As long as you can find it, it's organized enough !! Stop in.. Jules ♥

SexyCez said...

Wow, that’s gorgeous! That’s what I want my kitchen to look like. That’s perfect.
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SavannahGranny said...

You have some amazing storage there. You have everything so nice and convenient. I have a good bit of storage but it is not well organized. I am getting lots of pointers. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Ginger

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Oh my gosh.....I finally saw some of the inner of all your beautiful finds!

I love, love, love your dish cupboard. Love that you have it, love how you re-did it.

Shellbelle said...

You know I don't participate in the tablescapes, but I do enjoy looking at the ones my blogging friends do. I've seen a few of those who showed where they store everything and like I told them, "The next time my friends and family tell me I have too many dishes, I'm sending them over here to take a look." You gals amaze me every week, kudos!

laxsupermom said...

Wow! I've always wondered where the really prolific tablescapers keep their stuff, and your closet is the stuff of dreams. Thanks for sharing.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Now that is what I call organized chaos! LOL..looks like a lot Linda, but I knew you had lots of great collections.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Wow! I am so impressed! I love how you've found storage at thrift stores. That cobalt blue depression glass set really drew my eye. Cobalt blue is one of my favorites!

One Gal's Trash said...

Hi Linda,
Wow...I'm impressed and inspired! And maybe just a little bit jealous. Great stuff, fab organizing.

the cape on the corner said...

oh my gosh, that closet of dishes and placemats is organization perfection. and those milkglass!