I knew that the best way to store plates securely would be in a vertical fashion (preferably) with some kind of built-in dividers to prevent rattling on the road, but nothing I could find in the consumer market was small enough for our Airstream Interstate.
|Here is one solution Pinterested from an Airstream trailer. Nice built-in, but life is hell when you have to pack shelf liner between all the dishes to stop them from rattling or breaking. I learned this very early on in our Airstream Interstate ownership.|
And then the solution hit me.
|I run a small business, so I am intimately familiar with check files and similar organizational products. I got this one at Staples office supply store. Ignore the Command hooks - they were for another project.|
There are actually two separate check file products that will work in this application. Here is the other.
|This is the shorter version. This one has 13 pockets, so plenty of space for 8 plates. I also got this at Staples, in Interstate gray to boot. With black trim. |
These plates are part of a plain Corelle Livingware set, which I got at Walmart
|I cinched its elastic cord around the bottom of it so that it would provide a bit of cushioning for the plates.|
|Coincidentally, there is a microwave bracket screw right at the place where the check file fits.|
|We took a J-shaped mirror hanging bracket, straightened it out into a right angle, and spray painted it black.|
|We then inserted this between the microwave bracket and the existing screw to make a "stopper" that prevents the plate file from sliding out. Thus far, it has done fine in road-testing.|
|I ended up using the larger check file to hold the following:|
(1) Collapsible trash can
(2) Dish drying towel
(3) Dish washing cloths
(4) Cutting board
(6) Trash bags
It slid into the gap on the opposite side of the microwave.
|Here are all the scraps of anti-rattle shelf liner that I no longer have to put between the plates. Whoopie!!! I am finally free of this mess!!!|
|I wasn't quite to this level of frustration with the pre-check-file plate storage situation, but I was well on my way! Using these check files has made this storage task much more efficient and less bothersome.|