Tiny Kitchen Essentials - Dishes and Glassware

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Part 2: Dishes and Glassware

I don't have a lot of brand loyalties.  But by far, the best dishes for tiny living are Corelle.  They're beautiful, thin, and relatively lightweight.  But they're also crack and chip resistant and dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe.  Best of all, they're real, not plastic.

The 8-1/2" Corelle lunch plates are a good choice for a kitchen with limited storage space.  If you don't like plain white, there are a few colored designs available. Corelle lunch plates are a little smaller than you may be used to, but that saves space and weight, and smaller plates are also proven to help with portion control.  You can always go back for seconds.

While a few standard bowls can be useful as well, we find that our pasta bowls are the most useful of all our dishes.  Pasta bowls can be used for soup, salad, or any dish that needs a little more containment than a plate, but doesn't fit nicely into a small bowl.

For glassware, we're big fans of Duralex tumblers.  This made in France tempered glassware is incredibly durable, so they're less likely to break when dropped or bounced around.  And they're dishwasher safe.  We have traveled thousands of miles with our tumblers bouncing around our kitchen drawer and haven't lost one yet.

Similarly, Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal is surprisingly durable, resisting breaking and chipping, and it's also dishwasher safe.  We keep a set of their all-purpose red glasses.  They're a nice intermediate design, so they work just as nicely for white wine as red.

For silverware, lightweight stainless silverware is available, but it tends to be a bit flimsy.  Since you're going to be using it every day, buy regular silverware, but don't buy more than you need.  If only two people live in your home, you probably don't need service for sixteen. 

For storing cutlery, this Joseph Joseph drawer organizer is a brilliant design for saving space.  You can tame the clutter in the remaining space in your cutlery drawer with a set of these adjustable drawer dividers.

Keep Reading Part 3: Kitchen Organization for Small Spaces