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how do you store your glasses/stemware?

eLizard Apr 16, 2014 09:00 AM

bottom up or bottom down?

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  1. Monica RE: eLizard Apr 16, 2014 09:02 AM

    Bottom down..but if I had open shelves, which is quite popular these days, I'd store them bottom up.

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      eLizard RE: Monica Apr 16, 2014 09:16 AM

      what about shelves with glass doors?

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        Monica RE: eLizard Apr 16, 2014 06:31 PM

        It's for dust. I have glass doors and I store them bottom down.

    2. pinehurst RE: eLizard Apr 16, 2014 09:18 AM

      Bottom down in a cabinet with glass doors for the wine/martini/cordial/cocktail glasses.

      For the iced tea and juice glasses, bottom down in the wooden-doored cabinet where I store my plates, bowls, etc.

      1. fldhkybnva RE: eLizard Apr 16, 2014 10:02 AM

        Bottom down

        1. LindaWhit RE: eLizard Apr 16, 2014 10:11 AM

          Bottom up. On this shelf liner. The raised ridges allow a bit of air underneath in case they're not fully dry.


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            mikie RE: LindaWhit Apr 17, 2014 08:38 AM

            We use the same shelf liner in all our cabinets. As odd as this may seem, our everyday glasses are stored alternating top up / top down, because they are tapered, we can get more glasses in the cabinet when stored alternating. Something like this: \_// \\_// \\_/

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              AprilxJoy RE: LindaWhit Apr 18, 2014 12:05 PM

              I hadn't even thought of a ridged liner. Genius! I store mine bottom up also, so I'll be getting some new liner soon!

            2. meatn3 RE: eLizard Apr 16, 2014 10:37 AM

              Bottom up on shelf liner.

              1. The Oracle RE: eLizard Apr 16, 2014 01:35 PM

                Bottom up - on a layer of paper towels.

                However, I noticed recently, for the stemware I don't use often, it's retained a bit of a smell. Does anyone else experience this? I don't know if it's from the cabinet or from being placed on the paper towel. But, the result is that I rewash or check glasses to make sure they are odorless.

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                  AprilxJoy RE: The Oracle Apr 18, 2014 12:07 PM

                  I have experienced this. I believe it's just the lack of circulation combined with the woody smell. Someone else mentioned a ridged liner, which I think would eliminate this problem!

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                  DGresh RE: eLizard Apr 16, 2014 02:53 PM

                  Honestly it goes either way, on a bed of tea towels. The towel thing is something I inherited from my mother. It just seems much nicer than shelf liner etc. They get washed every ... umm .... half decade or so :)

                  1. kitchengardengal RE: eLizard Apr 16, 2014 03:41 PM

                    Bottom down. I never understood storing them upside down.

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                      LindaWhit RE: kitchengardengal Apr 16, 2014 05:03 PM

                      So dust doesn't get inside the bowl of the glass.

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                        kitchengardengal RE: LindaWhit Apr 16, 2014 08:13 PM

                        I know, Linda, but it's not dusty in my kitchen cabinets!

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                          LindaWhit RE: kitchengardengal Apr 17, 2014 06:40 AM

                          Dust and grease from the air can still get in there, kggal. I'm single, so I don't use all of my wineglasses on a regular basis, which means they're not always used and then washed clean on a regular basis.

                          Those that are in the back of the cabinet that get used infrequently can get a bit dusty/slightly tacky on the outside of the bowl. Which means that can happen on the inside of the bowl as well. If you use all of your glasses on a regular basis, this isn't a problem.

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                            kitchengardengal RE: LindaWhit Apr 17, 2014 10:41 AM

                            Yeah. Linda, we do use our glasses a lot, all different sizes, so most of them don't get a chance to get dusty. The ones that we rarely use, like the parfait glasses and wine glasses, get a quick wash and rinse before using.

                            I guess my kitchen habits came from my mother's kitchen. She never upended the glasses either.

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                              SaraAshley RE: kitchengardengal Apr 17, 2014 03:02 PM

                              Same with my Mother. I still shutter a little when a guest in my house decides to be helpful and put away dishes for me and I open the cabinet later to find the glasses bottom up!! Ohh the nerve, lol.

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                          GraydonCarter RE: LindaWhit Apr 17, 2014 11:33 AM

                          In Florida, upside down, because gnats and bugs seem to always find their way into the cabinets.

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                            LindaWhit RE: GraydonCarter Apr 17, 2014 11:55 AM

                            That would do it for me! LOL

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                        UTgal RE: eLizard Apr 16, 2014 05:31 PM

                        Bottom up.

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                          sedimental RE: eLizard Apr 16, 2014 06:13 PM

                          I alternate -one up/one down because they fit tighter in the cabinets that way :)

                          1. jw615 RE: eLizard Apr 16, 2014 06:20 PM

                            Typical everyday drinking glasses get stored bottom down. Stemware goes bottom up - it is harder to knock over this way, and I'm moderately clumsy, so this is a legitimate concern.

                            1. KarenDW RE: eLizard Apr 16, 2014 06:38 PM

                              glassware, bottom down. Generally sorted, by size/style, on each shelf. And for pieces which have multiples, I rotate usage, by moving the items from the rear of the cabinet to the front. (we are only 2 in this household).

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                                tardigrade RE: eLizard Apr 16, 2014 08:18 PM

                                Bottom down, 'cause that's the way my mother did it. If I'm getting some of the rarely-used stuff from the top shelves and they're dusty I'll wash them first, but the everyday stuff gets used often enough that it doesn't matter.

                                1. SaraAshley RE: eLizard Apr 16, 2014 08:36 PM

                                  Bottom down because I have slight OCD and don't like the thought of the rims of the glasses touching anything, and yes i do eat at restaurants and probably subject myself to way worse everyday. I have enclosed cabinets and my glasses get used often enough that dust is not an issue.

                                  1. bagelman01 RE: eLizard Apr 17, 2014 06:36 AM

                                    Better stemware/crystal are stored bottom down in glass fronted cabinets. Everyday glasses botton down in kitchen cabinets.
                                    BUT>>>>>>>>>>>>>everyday vin ordinaire stems hang bottoms up from racks above the bar in the sunroom.

                                    1. eLizard RE: eLizard Apr 17, 2014 06:48 AM

                                      all my glasses are bottom down. irrational, but i don't like the idea of anything touching the rim....

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                                        valerie RE: eLizard Apr 17, 2014 06:55 AM

                                        Waterford stemware, which rarely, if ever, gets used, is stored in these cases in a cabinet.


                                        Regular Crate & Barrel wine glasses are stored in the cabinet, bottom up. Even though the cabinet is closed, I don't like the idea of dust settling in them.

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                                          bagelman01 RE: valerie Apr 17, 2014 07:20 AM

                                          What a shame to hide the Waterford (no,I'm not passing judgment on your decision to protect the crystal). Even if you don't use them regularly they are a thing of beauty....................

                                          That said, we have far more Waterford than can be used on a regular basis, somthing like 9 sizes and service for 24. It was all used this week for the Passover seders. The rest of the year, most is packed away (we have different crystal for year round use), but wife has a setting for 2 of the complete service set up on a lighted glass shelf in a large wall vitrine in the entryway to the formal dining room. There also is a shelf of 2 settings of our Passover Rosenthal China and the 3rd shelf has our Passover sterling flatware on display. Even if the items are not used often, we can enjoy their beauty and wonderful memories they evoke.

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                                            valerie RE: bagelman01 Apr 17, 2014 07:37 AM

                                            There are 2 main reasons why it remains packed away...

                                            1) We are in the process of buying furniture for our dining room so there is no place to display it.

                                            2) We have young-ish kids. And our friends all have young-ish kids. So while I had 16 people for my seder this week, 8 of them were kids and I don't trust the kids (not mine but other people's!) with the good stuff.

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                                              bagelman01 RE: valerie Apr 17, 2014 07:49 AM

                                              completely understandable.................
                                              at this point the youngest guest is 11 and not a problem. I'm more concerned about my 71 yo SIL who always manages to spill, but after 43 years she hasn't broken anything. We just make sure she's not permitted to help serve or clear............................

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                                          LeoLioness RE: eLizard Apr 17, 2014 07:47 AM

                                          Wineglasses and other bar-related glassware are bottom-up in a glass-doored (built-in) china hutch. I usually give them a rinse before using.

                                          Regular glasses are bottom up in kitchen cabinets. They don't seem to get dusty in there.

                                          1. Candy RE: eLizard Apr 17, 2014 08:27 AM

                                            Bottom down. The rim of a glass is the thinnest and vulnerable to chips, cracks etc.

                                            I was in an antique shop yesterday and was horrified to see a table set with very old china and stemware. The stemware was bottom up. I was very tempted to turn them right side up.

                                            1. ccbweb RE: eLizard Apr 17, 2014 11:52 AM

                                              Stemware, mostly, is bottom down on racks in cabinets. Infrequently used specialty glasses are bottom up. Stuff that gets used a lot, water glasses, rocks glasses, a few wine glasses and such go basically however they fit best in the cabinet next to the fridge.

                                              1. kaleokahu RE: eLizard Apr 17, 2014 11:54 AM

                                                Hi, eLizard:

                                                Both. I have a bar-style hanging rack (bottoms up) for quick grabs of 1 or 2 of different shapes of wine stems. But everything else is behind glass, standing upright.


                                                1. DuffyH RE: eLizard Apr 17, 2014 07:41 PM

                                                  Up. All glasses, all the time. There isn't any place I've lived, from California to Virginia to Washington and now Florida where there are zero bugs and zero dust. I don't want either of them in my glasses.

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                                                    nikkib99 RE: eLizard Apr 17, 2014 09:39 PM

                                                    Bottom up on shelf liner.

                                                    I know this may sound weird, but I'm a but weird about the glass rim touching anything.

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