OK, so you have a lot of china, that's not a problem, but organizing your fine china can be. There are different cups for dinner, plates for salads, and the platter for roasts. Don't forget about the little specialty plates and forks for desserts. Now, everything is in your china cabinet appears to be stacked neatly in the correct order. Look a little closer and you'll see the dust and clutter a little more clearly. So why not do something about the clutter by cleaning and organizing your china cabinet? Here's an excellent guide to help you clean and care for your china cabinet, plus it makes it easier to display your china.
Step One - Clean Your Cabinet
To completely clean your china cabinet, start by getting everything out of the cabinet. Remove the bowls, plates, glasses and silverware that are stacked up in the china cabinet. Take a soft cloth and some cleaner, wipe the bottom, sides and door of the china cabinet. Use the appropriate cleaner for your cabinet, if the door is made of glass, then use a glass cleaner, if it's made of wood, then use a wood finisher. For areas that are not cleanable, dust them off with a soft cloth. This is an excellent time to look for weak spots in the cabinet and fix any areas.
Step Two - Organizing Your China
Once all of your china has been removed and the cabinet is clean, look through your china and see if there are any broken pieces or anything else that won't be used any more. Organize the china by shape and then color, or if you prefer you can organize them by pattern. Organize the dishes in a way that makes sense to you. If you use a lot of china bowls or serving plates, then you should place the dishes in a way that is easy to access. The same goes for silverware and other bowls that you use. Stack plates, cups and glasses so that you have maximum space.
Step Three - Placing Your China Back in the Cabinet
Once you have organized all of your pieces, stack each in a section of that cabinet according to their size, their use and style. Larger pieces should go on the bottom. The pieces that you use the most should be easy to reach. Place like patterns together for identification purposes. Items that are rarely used can be stored in the back or in places you don't need.