Hoarding: Buried In Dishes & Decor

Hi! My name is Alycia, and I’m a dishaholic.
An organized one, but a dishaholic just the same.
(Disclaimer: These photos were taken while Christmas decorating when everything was in relative disarray. I promise you…my OCD behavior includes neatness!)

www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.comI’m just going to come out with it: I LIKE STUFF!!!!!! I like dishes and stemware and flatware and linens and all the accessories that can dress up a table, and I like to be able to shop my own home for it when I need it. I’m not ashamed of it…although perhaps I should be. 😉

When I owned my fine rentals business there was no shortage of available space to store all my pretty things. Back then I didn’t have dishes, but there was PLENTY of other “stuff.” In addition to basement and attic storage in my shop, I had warehouse space the size of 5 single-car garages. Any overflow was kept at our home.

Well, now I am retired. I sold a lot of the rentals in a huge, frenzied sale. Of course, I kept a serious stash for myself, and that stash has to be kept somewhere! Several readers, including Paula B., Marchita S., and Jackie H., recently asked where on earth I keep it all, so I dedicate this very photo-intensive post to them! 🙂

www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.comReady to see where I keep it all? Hold on to your hats…it’s going to be like walking through a Coney Island carnival fun house! Let’s start on the main floor of the house…

www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.comOK…not too bad. This is a logical place for dishes: the china cabinet in the dining room. The 3 little drawers on the bottom contain place card holders. But I have 83 styles/patterns of dishes…where are the rest?

www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.comThen there are the 8 drawers of the dining room buffet loaded with flatware, serving utensils, placemats and specialty napkins. Still not too bad. Let’s move into the foyer.

www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.comThe drawers of this apothecary chest in the foyer hold about half of my 76 sets of napkin rings (that help jazz up 90 different styles of napkins!). Let’s step over into the library….

Our reproduction Louis XVI vitrine houses crystal, silver and about half of the 24 sets of flatware in my collection. Moving on to the family room area….

The bar in the family room displays a few stemware sets and stores several pitchers down below. I have 84 different sets/styles of glasses and stemware, although I tend to use 5 or 6 favorites over and over.

Four 2-shelf cabinets under the family room bookcases store most of my 41 sets of chargers. And we’re walking, we’re walking…….


www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.comSeveral cupboards in the kitchen serve as storage for dishes and stemware as well as a modest collection of salt & pepper shakers. There are only 2 shelves dedicated to our “everyday” dishes and drinking vessels. How much lip do you think I get from my husband for THAT? 😉

What is supposed to be a broom closet right off the kitchen stores another round of china as well as teapots and serving dishes. I’m bored with this floor. Let’s move down to the lower level.

There’s just no way to photograph the entire storage area in a single photo, so Sheri did the best she could. We still didn’t get a photo of the 40+ Rubbermaid tubs stacked ceiling high on the east wall in this room.

www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.comMy husband and I put in pegboards that work pretty well for a lot of things. More wreaths are stored on hooks in the sump pump room.

www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.comSmaller see-through storage containers hold little stuff that can get away from me in a hurry if I’m not careful.

Did I mention that I have a LOT of candles (LED and natural wax)…and ribbon??? Most of the ribbon hangs here, but there is additional curling ribbon in a Rubbermaid box that couldn’t fit on the wall.

I love these stackable drawers! I have several of these in the storage room filled with about half of the 45 different kinds of votive holders I have collected over the years. I usually buy votive holders in quantities of at least 12 per, but I have basic ones that come in quantities of 50-75+. I’m getting claustrophobic! Let’s get out of this room and move into the downstairs living space.

This case is filled with all my dishes and stemware with Mexican flair.

The downstairs bar area has 9 cabinets and multiple drawers, all filled with dishes (mostly melamine), stemware, casual flatware, and serving bowls & platters.

Two closets on the lower level, including the sump pump closet, store Rubbermaid boxes of decorative supplies. OK….let’s make that long trek up to the top floor!

Another apothecary chest in the hallway on the top level of the house stores more napkin rings and place card holders. I corral the napkin rings in Ziploc bags to keep them from getting all jumbled.

I can’t even begin to show all the storage nooks in my office/studio, but here are a couple…

www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.comA corner curio holds a stash of some of my larger pieces of crystal, while the adjacent closet has 5 multi-drawer cabinets filled with invitation and menu-making supplies and sewing supplies that are rarely used due to my complete lack of hand/eye coordination. 🙂

Several otherwise unused closets in the house, like this one in the guest bedroom, are great for storage. I currently have about 150 linens, many of which are tagged, bagged, and hung in this closet according to color. The shelves and floor are used to store various tabletop accessories, an actual tabletop, and boxed stemware.

Another case filled with dishes.

And, of course, the obligatory underbed storage (under every bed!) for more linens, napkins and 56 sets of placemats.

www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.comA bank of cupboards in an adjacent room holds yet more stemware and dishes. Let’s step across the hallway…

Wait! I’ve changed my mind!!! Are you sure you want to come in here??? I don’t know…it’s pretty crazy!!! Well, OK…here we go! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!!!

This is where I do floral arranging with faux flowers for some of my posts when my money’s so funny it has its own sitcom. 😉 I couldn’t get a shot of the area where I arrange the flowers, but the faux florals are mostly stored in here along with lots of silver candelabra and floral vessels like the one Linda of A Toile Tale won back in October. Oh…did I mention I’ll be giving another one of those away soon? Stay tuned!

The clothes closet in the master suite is a great place for storing stuff including stackable drawers of cloth napkins. My husband reinforced the brackets for the overhead storage on both sides to prevent an avalanche.

The pass-through area between the bedroom and my dressing room has lots of storage opportunities with these great built-ins! (My poor husband!)

Now let’s enter another crudely built little storage closet we had built into empty attic space a few years ago. The sign says it all!

www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.comThis room stores many of the things I would have a COW over if they were to get broken. I know it looks a little messy in this photo (I was in the midst of Christmas decorating, remember!), but believe me…it is incredibly well-organized!!! Most boxes are stored two deep and as high as the pitched ceiling will allow.

And just how, you are asking yourself, does this weird woman keep up with all of this? The answer is quite simple: FlipAlbum!!! (And the fact that I have an uncanny ability to remember exactly where I store things!)

 FlipAlbum is a customizable computer catalog that looks and works just like a real book! I use the Vista Pro edition (currently selling online for $159.95), but there is a free version, as well. It took me awhile to initially set it up with everything I had, but now I easily maintain it by simply making entries each time I return from shopping! I’m up to 2269 pages…and counting!!!

Everything is organized by both automatically generated Index and Contents sections (where you can just click on the line to go directly to a page!)…

…as well as a convenient thumbnail overview section! (The thumbnail section is generated automatically with each page you create, and you can flip directly to a page just by clicking on a thumbnail!)

You can create chapters! (I currently have 39 color-coded chapters ranging from dishes to floral vessels to baskets and beyond!)

You can create pages within the chapters with as many or as few photos as you like! I photograph things as I bring them home and add a brief description along with the quantity in stock as well as, when necessary, dimensions.

So….if your eyeballs haven’t popped completely out of your head by now, that’s my pitiful little story! What’s yours?

 Don’t forget to join the arguably much more sane tablescapers and me for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!

96 thoughts on “Hoarding: Buried In Dishes & Decor

  1. oh my goodness! I am both horrified & impressed at the same time. Just the sheer magnitude of stuff you have is overwhelming!! You are a super woman & genius to keep it all organized though.

  2. Just beautiful. You did a great job of organizing everything. I am impressed that you are not on meds for that OCD. All the labels and crates and areas. I am overwhelmed. But on the other hand, if they cured the OCD you would be on A&E hoarders for real.

  3. HOLY $hit, Woman….and I thought I was BAD??!!! Oh boy, I can’t WAIT to show this post to my DH & tell him to pipe down about my addictions! LOL

    I am extremely impressed & envious of your organizational skills, Alycia. Everything is labeled so clearly & stacked neatly and that computer program….well, let’s just say I have a lot to learn.

    Honey, this post was soooo enlightening. BRAVO to You! If it makes you happy & you certainly USE your stuff, who cares what anybody else thinks. GO FOR IT!! You only live once…heck, this could all be shoes, ya’ know.


  4. I have nothing to say. I love the flip album. I was going to do that with photos but when I thought of 138 bucks to print just the napkins, tablecloths, placemats, napkin rings.. i said no way Jose.. so i am checking that out. You are way organized.. totally. and you made me feel so happy! I mean, afterall, it’s always good to find friends with the same afflictions. be happy, xo marlis

  5. Holy Mary, Mother of …

    I am speechless.

    I will be showing this to my husband to get him off my back. Even more than your collections, I am utterly impressed with your organization of it all!!!

  6. Hi Alycia!
    You must have been snickering when I showed my new “dish cupboard/coset”
    I must say you have a heck of a lot more than me!! I am impressed with how organized it all is. That’s a lot of work to put together. The Flip Album is quite awesome! Everything is so well taken care of and organized.
    I don’t think we can compare you to any of those A & E hoarders, but you might be a tad possessive!! 🙂
    You do think big no doubt! I know this comes from your previous business and I’m sure it multiplies the amount that most of us would normally have….I buy two candlesticks, you buy 8!! You have a lot of family and large get togethers so I can understand your large assortment.
    Give Ramon my phone number anytime he thinks he needs help!!

    • You go girl! Love your organization! I have 1/64 of your inventory and my contractor had the nerve to ask if we owned a catering business 🙂

  7. Omg! At first I thought this is just like my house but I think you have more stuff cause I have not invaded the closets in the bedrooms yet nor under the bed, lol. Our attic looks just like yours, organized in bins but I have no dishes up there. Instead I have a walk in closet in the garage that I converted to a dish room. Love how you organize, Alycia. Me, I just have a picture if the plates in a free in the computer and I have it labeled with the pattern, maker, and storage area….Christine

  8. Wow. I am so impressed with your amazing collections as well as your organizational skills. As soon as I calm down, I am going back to take a second look. This is unbelievable. I think I am missing the organizational gene, so any pointers are indeed very helpful!! For instance, I have pegboard in my garage, but my ribbon is crammed in a basket in the back of a closet. I have all this empty space in the top of my closet. See?? You have given me hope!!! And to think I was seriously thinking of getting rid of “stuff”. All I needed was a little nudge in the right direction. I am still in awe over your book. I’m speechless. By the way, if I have left two comments, it’s just that I am so in awe of this that I’m really not sure what I’m doing. Come help me!!! Betsy

  9. Picture this…child with hands and face pressed to screen in wide eyed wonderment whispering “Wooooow!” I am impressed on a number of levels!!

  10. Alycia, as soon as I pick my chin up off of the desk…Iol…WOWWWWWWWW! Just when I was about to ask how you keep up with all of these items, I continued to scroll down and there was my answer!! You have got to be the MOST organized person on the planet!! This just left me speechless…and that’s hard to do!!! LOL!!!!!

  11. OH. MY. HEAVENS….I am speechless and truly envious of your MAD organizational & storage solutions….WOW! Your computerized catalog boggles the mind…

    Did I say I was speechless? And impressed and now terribly, terribly depressed at my slovenly state of stash, stack & stuff…*sigh*

    Wow! Bravo to you.!!!!!

  12. Okay, I’m back, I had to excuse myself and take a break from sensory overload and to wipe the storage-organizational-drool off my chin…

    Superwoman, PLEASE Stop the Insanity. Us mere mortals are being all we can be!

    Your stuffed closet, under-the-bed, open the door, duck & cover your head storage/hoarder friend :))

  13. you weren’t kidding!!! Love all the great ideas you just gave me to better organize my “little tiny” collection….

  14. I think you’re my hero…Can I come borrow the stemware on page 448 and the dishes from page 1,256. I am so impressed that you have it all on the computer.
    This is just amazing. I would love to be this organized. One day…one day…
    Thanks for sharing all of you storage ideas.

  15. WOW! It is always amazing to watch you work your magic… Organizational Wizard in so many, many ways 🙂 Go Lee Lee!! Thank you Nikki for bringing “Lee Lee” back to my memory. 🙂 Blast from the Past! :-)))

  16. Well Alycia, you made me feel so much better about all the stuff I have, but I can’t hold a candle to you girl! My current work colleague has been cleaning out her MIL’s house for several months and as I looked at all your stuff, the thought that often crosses my mind about my stash certainly applies here, “What are you poor kids going to do with all this stuff???”. You are amazing to keep it so organized. Dianne

  17. OMG! You are definitely a dishaholic….Big time, did I say it? I don’t feel as bad now about my own dishwares. My husband has made a few comments here and there. I know they must think we are crazy….It’s kind of like shoes…Men only need a few pairs of shoes, however women need and WANT all different styles, colors, etc.

    You definitely are the queen of stuff and I admire your skills at organizing it all. What a fun post! Made me laugh. Linda

  18. This is AWESOME! I so LOVE to see how fellow dishaholics organize their stuff. You have definately invaded more general house space than me, but I do have to share mine with 4 other people.

    I really love that computer inventory system. Thanks so much for emailing me about it. It’s so neat to see it in a post. It really gives me an idea of how it works. I think I can truly see purchasing this in the future. But I shutter at the thought of photographing my inventory.

    You have a TON of stuff. You make me feel soooo much better. Thanks for sharing!

  19. I am just floored by your ability to organize and store such a WONDERFUL stash! Thank you so much for sharing! This trip to Dishtopia has been amazing and funny, you had me laughing out loud!

  20. This is crazy girl!! I am really shocked! I always imagined you would have a fantastic collection but this is unreal! And it’s all so organised – I’m so envious!!

  21. Alright, alright! I’ll let everyone else go on and on about the magnitude of your stuff and your enviable organization skills. Enuf said. BUT….if I were you, I would for SURE stop bragging about having a husband who reinforces shelves for you. For God’s sake, woman!!! If you think that all of the bloggers envy your dishes, can’t you GET that they are bright green over your husband? AND you post cute pictures of him! That is going to get you in trouble, girl. I fear women planning to seduce or even kidnap him. There is no doubt in my mind that you need to hire security!!!
    Hugs, Linda
    PS Thanks for the sweet shout-out!

  22. Hi lovely lady.
    Wow you have a lot of dishes !!! I have 1/8 of your collection !!!
    You must also have a big house for all your dishes??
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful week sweet lady.
    XXOO Diane

  23. I just posted a similar post! Hi, my name is Delores and I’m a dishaholic!
    Also known as a plate whore! But I have to say, you win! You definitely have it worse than I do! Maybe we should start an online dishaholic meeting where we can all support one another! Great post. Nice to meet you. One of my readers sent me over! ~Delores

  24. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!…..for taking the time to do this…..for sharing all the wonderful pictures and organizing tips..
    and for doing it in such a fun and entertaining way! Hope you never get tired of doing this, because I will NEVER get tired of reading your awesome blog entries…..I actually look forward to them….they brighten my day!

  25. You win! The crew from Hoarders will be there shortly! I ditto Retta’s sentiments!
    Totally Amazing! My dh would throw all mine out if he could. But then he would be homeless!
    I love your organization system… mine is the hope I remember where I put it system! 🙂
    Start burning those candles girl, we don’t have THAT long. Burn baby, burn!
    Thanks for sharing! I looked at this post on my ipad the other night, every thing comes up sideways, LOL

  26. Hi. My name is Kathe and I am a dishoholic! I showed your post DH. He thinks my addiction is bad but now sees it could be worse! I also corral my napkin rings in zip locks. Almost all of the basement storage space is for my table stuff. DH gets a small corner to store his home beer brewing supplies. I will sleep well tonight knowing I have found my long lost hoarder sister!

  27. WOW! Enjoy it, girl … since you can’t take it with you! I don’t have anywhere near what you have, and I’m still overwhelmed thinking about downsizing my stuff — but I’m gonna do it! (I have one of those great husbands, too, who has built and reinforced lots of storage for dishes. Lucky us!)

  28. OMG!! I am going to show this to my husband…he complains about MY paltry collection (though we do have a small house). You are so organized and I’ll be you can put your hand on anything that you might want at any given moment! Your husband is an angel too!

  29. WOW!!!!!

    I really like your electronic organization in the FlipAlbum. I am hoping to get some kind of “log” going this year so it’s good to know about this software.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  30. I don’t feel guilty about my fabric stash now. I am glad that you mentioned having a husband, because I was sure you didn’t. With liquor on the bottom of the cabinet, I guess there are no children in the house. While I understand the collections, it makes me question my own over abundance of fabric and what it could mean to someone else who could use the fabric or a project made from it. I also am thinking about all the money that I have spent that could have blessed someone else. Thanks for letting us tour your organized home. I would love to be as organized with my sewing obsession.

  31. Girl, you do have stuff, more than I could ever imagine. With all of that you can do tablescapes forever and lend the rest of us stuff to work with as well. Like you, I am a dishaholic, but storage space is holding me back. I have 2 houses completely stuffed with dishes and glasses but nothing like I see here. Surely, you didn’t move all of it. That would have been not once but twice. I’m going to have to go back through this again to take it all in.

  32. The way I understand it (and I have done some research on the subject) hoarding is when it’s out of control. I would just say you have a lot of stuff and you have it stored very neatly. Now, if you don’t mind, I am going to send a link to this post to my husband, with a note saying “See, it could be a lot worse.”
    You are a hoot, Alycia! I enjoyed this very much!

  33. Holy Cow you have got some stuff! You are so organized I can’t even believe it….wow. What a fun place to come for dinner!! I think you could invite everyone of us from Tablescape Thursday…we will bring the food 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

  34. Ding, Ding, Ding…I think that we have a WINNER! What did you sell when you downsized your collection? LOL. I love your Flip Album. When I finish feeding the beast that is my new focus on photography equipment, I’ll add that to my computer. Glad to know where to come for my personal tutorial. Thanks for trusting us. It was a marvelous tour. Cherry Kay

  35. OMG Alycia,
    I have a big project this summer, guess I better save my duckies to purchase some cabinets or try my hand at building. Thanks for some unique ways to store, and the storage binder info will get started soon. Want to help? PS I do have in my possesion a label maker.

  36. dear alycia,
    i always enjoy reading your blog. today i am stunned by the magnitude of your collections and organizational skills! from reading your posts i would say you are devoted to church and family. you use your not insignificant gifts to further those relationships with grace and style. bravo!! and if it includes a little shopping along the way…even better!! love the post!

  37. I love it all – your stuff, your gift of organization, your storage units, etc. My husband tells people that if a tornado ever hit our town, most people would be beheaded by my dishes flying through the air! He loves them and every time I get more, he starts visualizing where he’s going to build me another shelving unit! And it’s a cheaper love than buying diamonds and furs!!!! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  38. Alycia, you are a hoot and a half! Loved seeing YOU and all your stuff! Thanks for showing us! You do have QUITE a collection, and I’m totally impressed with your organization system. It appeals to my love of all things spreadsheet! Tell your husband he must be the world’s most patient and understanding man in the world!

  39. Alycia,
    I can’t add anything that has not already been said except, I would like to invite you over to the gardedweb.com . We hang out at Holidays and you would fit right in.

  40. Oh my goodness! Holy smoke, I feel so much better! lol Just the flatware drawers alone make me feel better.

    You’ve got quite the collection, so enjoy it!

  41. I started bagging and tagging my linen just this year, according to color and table size so I dont spend so much time figuring which sized table the cloth will fit. Looooovvve your organization.

  42. I’m stunned. Wow. I’ve never seen a collection to rival yours. Wow. I thought my garage storage and dish obsession was excessive, but now I can honestly say it is low to moderate. You have beautiful sets, and store them smartly. I’m going to check out the free version of the catalog program. You are an inspiration. Thanks also for stopping by my blog. ~CJ

  43. Ok, I just got up as I just dropped on the floor! Actually, I’m pretty close to this but sooo organized dear Alycia and I’m so over whelmed that I don’t think I’m going to organize anything of my stuff. Thanks for sharing I did enjoy it though and your for ever wonderful sense of humor my friend. Enjoy your weekend and thanks for your lovely visit to Altaflor, yes that’s what it means, tall rose, because they have very tall stems and are grown in such high cold climate of the Andes. Love,

  44. You’re joking, right???????? That’s not your real house, it’s a television studio……where’s the cameras and crew?

    You been hanging around Martha’s studio again, haven’t you!!!

  45. You are the Woman! Great stuff, all organized! Do you have a catering business? It’s too bad we all can’t share what we got. I’m your newest fan! Hope you’ll consider me as one..Altho admittedly, your stuff wins! lol Have a great weekend! Sunny109

  46. Amazing! Wow! You have so much stuff and it is all so organized. That is so impressive. You left a lovely comment on our blog and so I thought I would come over and visit yours and I am blown away by your collection. One of my SILs had a similarly large craft collection, but hers was not very organized so it overtook her house. I think your system is the key to making it manageable.

    Thanks so much for sharing. I’m inspired to organize my table setting collection a bit more now.

    We are following your blog now. Looking forward to your future posts. 😀

    Eldarose from http://re-inventedstyle.blogspot.com

  47. WOW!!!!I’m not off my rocker, after all..just need more space. My husband always jokingly says “take a little trip for a few days and when you return, there will be so much more space here.” I use to do weddings and other special events for my church and friends, so lots of stuff has accumulated in basement, garage and guest bedroom, but needs better organization. Discovered the world of tablescapers by accident! Now addicted!! LOVE YOUR SITE!!! Will one day be brave enough to post and ask for feedback…until then will continue to “lurk”. Thanks & Best Wishes to all who post.

  48. Wow! You rock. To be able to remember where everything is as amazing as your collection and your storage. I love the first pic…that’s what my living room looks like when I am decorating for Christmas too. Anyway, I really admire this post and your creativity. Have a great day. Heather

  49. My mother just showed me your blog as evidence that she is not alone in her addiction and tablescape OCD. She has over 200 sets of dishes, 155 tablecloths, along with all of the assorted serving bowls, napkin rings, etc. etc. etc….. She manages to have everything organized by color, theme, etc. but now she wants me to help make a book! She keeps reminding me that “someday this will be all mine” and I keeping thinking about how I would rather burn down the house than deal with it all. As I was typing this, Mom walked in with three new sets of dishes and a new platter. I am tickled that Mom has found someone as organized about all of this madness as she and hope she will be able to continue the hobby she loves, as long as I don’t ever inherit it.

  50. Okay, I am Heidi’s (Can’t take it with her) mom. Yes, Alycia, I think I’ve finally found a soul mate in you. What doesn’t come across in Heidi’s post above, is that she secretly loves all my things. Just before she wrote the post on this page, she helped me make the most wonderful tablescape of black, silver, yellow, and white. So I’m pretty sure she has the latent gene. 🙂

  51. Wow! I’m stunned! I don’t know quite what to say! As I was going through the posts I started thinking, “How does she know what she had?” But hey you got that covered too! My dishes are a drop in the bucket compared to yours and I sometimes have a hard time storing them but now I’m really inspired! Way to go! I’m so impressed!

  52. Awesome! I am so envious!….but then I just have to say even organized all of that “stuff” makes me tired. I do have to say I will never feel guilty about my many sets of dishes, linens, etc again.
    That software for organizing is really wonderful. I can on ly say thanks for posting this I enjoyed every minute I spent here. I’ll be back.

  53. Just visiting and realizing that I missed this post! You have alot of stuff but manage to organize it perfectly! I am impressed! Now I understand how you can creat such beautiful posts! If I owned all that you have to choose from I could too. You are an amazing woman and I thank God for you everyday. I am learning so much from you…I thank you…..You bring out my creative side! I truly get motivated reading your posts. You are one in a million.
    I want to meet you in person one day! We could have a blast!
    Blessings My Friend,

    • I just put on mascara….and now it is *ruined*!!! You are so sweet!!! Thank you, Elaine! Oh, my goodness! Do you know how special that is for me? You BETCHA we’re going to have to meet up one day. We’ll have to be sure to have plenty of bail money saved up, because we’ll paint the town red….as red as it can get at the iHop for dinner at 4:00 in the afternoon![?]

      Thank you for uplifting my day…and for causing me to rethink this color of eye shadow. Ugh….purple! What was I thinking??!?!?!?!!! [?]Alycia

  54. I decorate our home and dinner parties just for personal pleasure; but, I’m a professional organizer by career. AND I’M FASCINATED WITH YOUR ORGANIZING!! I’ll have to check out that FlipAlbum. You’ve now answered one of the two questions I’ve been wanting to ask.
    The other is this: when you find pretty dishes, do you have a “standard” amount you buy? You mentioned “12” in this post, but the catalog page you photographed says “6.” Does the number depend on price? Style? Versatility?
    We usually invite no more than two other couples over at a time; I like the conversation dynamics with that number. So, I guess that would be MY standard quantity. What are your thoughts?
    Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us! K. Smith

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  56. I am COMPLETELY overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff you have, Alycia. I thought I had a good feel for it, knowing about “your past”…(doesn’t that sound mysterious??), and seeing the multiples of things on your tables that I’ve always admired, but was I in for a shock! Not surprising at all, though, that it’s so well organized, AND catalogued. I’ve often wondered about a cataloguing/inventory system, if nothing else for insurance purposes. Like Rett, I CAN’T WAIT to show this to my husband–you’ve done a lot of us in Blogland a huge favor :). You are a complete riot with your pictures and daring ways!

  57. Oh my! No wonder all your tables look so different and original. Your beautiful talent coupled with lots o’ stuff! I think your “supply” storage is bigger than my whole house 🙂

    I’m impressed you are so organized with all your dishes and know where everything is stored. Was that a Brother machine I saw hiding in there. How about I trade you some sewing lessons for some tablescaping lessons?

  58. I am so relate to your madness. Seems like I constantly work on my organization of my stuff but I seem to keep adding to it. I am very interested in the computer program you are using for your Flip Pages. You would think I would have a program to categorize my stuff but I don’t so I’ll put that on my list of organizational things to do.

  59. I think I just short circuited my laptop from drooling! I’m so in love with your organization skills and all those toys….uhhh I mean dishes, candles, flatware and linens!

    This post has also made me think too….I’m going to re-organize all my tablescape stuff before it gets out of hand and steal, uhhh “borrow” your ideas, because I know some day in the future…. I too will have over 50 sets of dishes. I still have over 40 candles and votives left over from Shelby’s wedding…..lol

  60. Wow! And my hubby thinks I have too many dishes! LOL He’d probably go apoplectic if I had even half as much as you do. I have to laugh at him, though. He has more sporting equipment than any one person could ever dream of having and at least one piece of it is tucked in every available nook and cranny that we have in this old house. Every sporting “phase” he’s gone through has come with all of the best of what’s needed to partake in it. Hiking equipment, scuba gear, tennis, cycling (to name just a few) and of course, his life’s passion… golf. We don’t have a separate foyer or entryway, but he insists on keeping his golf clubs and cart by the front door at all times, so they’re at the ready. He does put it all away when we have people coming over, (he wants to remain married) but the rest of the time… there it sits! LOL He even plays at an indoor facility in Winter, so it’s a year round eyesore. At least my dishes and serving pieces are pretty to look at. :~)

    I’m in complete awe of your organizational skills, Alycia! I knew you had an incredible talent for designing entertaining spaces, but I’m thinking I’m going to be spending even more time coming back to this post to study (and copy) your tips and tricks for organizing it all. I’m in the process of planning a wedding shower that I’ll be hosting (for our beautiful daughter) in July and I’ve already picked up loads of excellent ideas from you and your beautiful blog! I can’t tell you how grateful I am that you decided to keep your hand in the “biz” (so to speak) and that you continue to share your talents so very generously! So, thank you my friend, from one of the many who need some serious help in that department! XO ~Mary

  61. I’m dizzy just thinking about two things – how much “stuff” you have and how organized you are. You are such a generous person to share all you know about tablescaping and related topics. Thank you for all that you do, Ann O.

  62. Alycia, who knew? You have soooo many skills and talents and they marry so well. Based on what you do, I understand that be organized is a must, but my dear you take it to another level. I’m curious if you’ve also been asked to join a professional organizing team? You definitely have the know-how. You are amazing in every way! I love how you’ve utilized your home furnishings as storage to incorporate your beautiful inventory – no one would ever know. I love seeing storage maximized – you understand how to make great use of space. I love it!

  63. I have to say, I laughed out loud as I looked at all the things you have for parties. I can’t wait to show this to my husband, then maybe he’ll shut up! :>)
    I got some ideas for storage looking at yours. I don’t have as much as you do
    but I do enjoy setting a fun, interesting table. I have been searching for that wonderful wrought iron tree!!! Halloween is fast approaching and I already have an idea about what to do this year. I look forward to seeing your talent in the future. Want the iron tree!!!!! :>)

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