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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Storage War

Storage War*

I have with some difficulty accepted most of Mrs. Cranky’s edicts.  I don’t wash Tupperware in the dishwasher even though I know it to be dishwasher safe.  I separate colors in the wash, even though I know that after several washings colored clothes will not bleed.  When we buy something new I save the box because…well I really don’t know, but still I save the box.  I will not throw things away, not even a 25 year old VCR rewind machine or instructions to operate machines that we no longer own.  I accept that to protect our sink from being scratched we need a smelly germ and food catching rubber mat that blocks the drain.

There is one place where I am drawing a line in the sand.

Storing dishes in the cupboard.

 Mrs. C. has some everyday dishes.  There is an assortment of large plates, medium plates, saucers, cups, and bowls.  When stacked in the exact Mrs. C. order, all of these dishes will fit between two shelves with just enough room left to slide a sliver of paper.

If you need a large plate, you have to carefully pull out the bowls and cups, and then lift up the small plates and saucers to slide out the large plate.  You then put back the bowls and cups (the cups have special handles that allow them to be stacked inside the bowls.)

When you are done with the large plate and want to put it away you have to reverse the process. 

There is room in the cupboard to stack the bowls and cups separately from the other dishes. 

Mrs. C. prefers the jenga puzzle method of storage.

Let the battle begin.

“It’s crazy to store the plates so they barely fit in between the shelves!”

“Everyone stores dishes like that.”

“No they don’t, I’ve never seen them stacked like that!”

“You’re a WASP.”

“What does that have to do with it?”

“WASP’s are so structured and rigid; let yourself go and stack like the rest of the world.”

“What, the rest of the world is nuts also?”

“You’re a jerk!”

“What if we had one more friggin dish?  It wouldn’t fit.  What then?”

“We don’t, and you’re a jerk.”

"I don’t care.  I’m not backing down.  I’m putting the cups and bowls on a separate shelf."

Let the Storage War begin.
*This re-run from October 2012...believe it or not, I won this battle.


  1. I actually stack my stuff like that, too, and there's only one person in my house, so it really doesn't make any sense.

  2. Strange though it may be, I'm with you on this one!!

  3. You put the dishes away like I do. I don't want to remove some to get to others. I'm with you on this.

    Have a fabulous day. 😎

  4. Well I certainly hope you did! That is a crazy-ass way to store dishware, most especially if you have the room to do otherwise. I am a crazy, OCD, super organized neat freak, also I am NOT a WASP and I would never store dishes that way. You are right, your wife was wrong. So there - pfbbht

  5. Um, i clean houses for a living, and i empty dishwashers as part of it and learn each person's storage habits, and never have i seen dishes stacked like that.

  6. Pulling something out so that it all comes crashing on the floor would solve that issue.

  7. I like to store stuff in weird places, just to get SWMBO to yell at me. Hey, conversation is a dying art, right?

  8. I'm with you on this one Cranky. If you've got room, spread 'em out. Makes putting them away and getting them down so much easier.

  9. Put those cups and bowls on a separate shelf with my blessing, also the blessing of everyone I know. I truly do not know a single person who stacks cups and bowls on top of their plates. I've got a shelf stacker thingy so I can separate the large plates from the smaller ones and my bowls go off to the side, separately. I don't have any cups, only mugs and they are hanging on hooks and rails screwed to the wall above where I keep the coffee and sugar, because I have so little storage space.

  10. I stack my dishes like that! There! I've said it! Just like I admit to watching TV (reality TV, especially). Heh, heh.

    I have large plates covered by small plates topped by bowls. They don't touch the shelf above, but I have to slide out the big plates and shove them back in. I'm the one handling the dishes here anyway. So nobody's complaining.

  11. I'm with you on this one. Nothing should ever be stacked in such a way - you need a bigger cupboard.

  12. Since I live alone I just leave the dishes I use everyday in the dish drainer where they are always easy access--yes I hand wash. When I have company, it does get more complicated but I am glad you won this one.

  13. My spouse has a method I can’t begin to comprehend but I just let it ride. Life is too short to dual over dishes.