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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Storing Your Beautiful China and Silver | Family Economics

By Trisha

It’s that time of year when I get out all of my fine china and beautiful silver pieces for our holiday entertaining. Often when I get mine out I find that pieces did not get placed back where they belong or items are dirty, tarnished and may even have a chip or two. This year, when I return my china and silver to storage, I want to be a little more organized to help simplify my next use.

Here are my new tips for storing china and silver pieces:

Storing china plates: Do NOT stack them on top of each other. Instead place a coffee filter or paper plate in between each to help protect them from chips and breakage. Then wrap the stack in Saran Wrap.

Silver place settings: Separate your silverware into place settings and store each set together so when you are hosting a dinner party you can easily pull out the number of settings you will need to use. You can create your own storage system by using 100 percent cotton fabric cut into squares large enough for wrapping one place setting. Once wrapped, tie with a piece of yarn and place into a plastic shoebox container or plastic fishing tackle box.

Silver: Polish your silver before returning it to storage. Never wrap your pieces in plastic as this can cause damage if the plastic becomes hot and begins to melt. Use felt-lined bags and/or boxes to store your polished silver.

The next time you buy a pair of shoes, save those little packets of desiccant crystals that come in the box. Place them inside your silver storage bags and boxes - this will help to combat the humidity and tarnish.

Record it: Keep a record of your china and silver pieces. You can keep this information in a document on your computer, on a printout you store in your recipe files or inside a kitchen cabinet door. Be sure to include the pattern name and manufacturer in case you need to add to your collection.

Do you have a china or sliver storing tip?

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On Sunday, January 16, 2011, Drewteach wrote

Saran Wrap - however wonderful for many things - does not protect dishes. Inexpensive sets (use a coupon!) of dish protectors are available at bed-and-bath stores. Silverware cloth is also available at fabric stores, and will do better than cotton for storing place settings. Use a coupon again - it's not cheap - but saves hours of cleaning/polishing. I've made simple bags to store candlesticks, etc.

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