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What is the best way to organize good china and silverware as well as paper supplies for formal dinners and casual parties?

There are a few ways you can keep both your special and casual dinnerware organized. You may want to keep paper plates and plastic utensils out of sight. The key will be to make sure that they are easily accessible when you need them. You can keep paper plates and utensils in zip top bags or in a clear storage container (like this shoe box) and store them in a kitchen cabinet.

You can also use an organizer, like this one:

For your good china, you could keep a few pieces out on display, especially if you’re storing them in a cabinet with glass doors. For the remaining pieces that will not be visible, be sure to store your like items together. That means you’ll keep your bowls together, dinner plates together, cups together, and so on.

Then, choose a padded storage containers to keep them protected. These organizers are soft and come in a variety of sizes (and colors). So, depending on the number of pieces you have and where you’ll store them (in a closed cabinet, upper shelf in a closet, or even under your bed), be sure to choose the one that best suits your needs.

And, for your silverware, there are organizers that will keep them all in order (and protected, too), like these:



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