This one is for you, Barbara ;-)
The other day while Baby M was napping and S was off somewhere or other, I spent some time finally putting our new dining room hutches to use. And the funny thing is, as much as we're dying for storage space, we didn't actually fill them up completely. Well, that's half true, the glass-front top of one hutch is barely filled but both bottom, hidden storage areas are full.
I tried displaying my rainbow nesting bowls and our wooden salad bowls, but with those things behind the glass fronts, the hutches started to look a little cluttered. So I stuck with glass and white items only.
Underneath this side I put our china in its red storage bags on one side - there are no plate grooves in the hutches and I didn't want to risk putting any plates behind the crystal only to have everything fall and break. And on the other side, placemats, napkins and my giant Le Creuset, which takes up an entire shelf.
Underneath the right hutch is the space I'm loving the most. We're storing Baby M's daycare bag, my diaper bag, purse, etc. on one side and S's gym bag and all of Feeney's stuff on the other.
Hauling all this stuff up from the pantry made it possible for me to finally organize the pantry and put things where I can access them easily. Who knew I had three bundt pans!? And those mini muffins trays I bought? Turns out I already had some. Darn.