Holiday Chafing and Serving Dishes

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If you have hosted the holidays, you know how difficult it is to keep food warm during the meal. Chafing dishes are the antidote with choices of single or multiple burners to keep foods heated for hours. Below are several options, including some just-in selections from our online store. We also have serving options for room-temperature appetizers, as seen below. For a more complete selection, be sure to check out our buffet supplies page at Organize-It.

chafing dish 7 quart

Chafing Dish – 7 Quart

For large gatherings, this large-size, stainless steel chafing dish keeps food warm for hours. Two fuel holders provide plenty of heat and the dish includes a 2.5-inch tall steaming pan, a built-in steam vent, a slow-open, hinged top, and stylish feet that keep the server well above the table top. This server is as attractive as it is functional, making it a splendid server for weddings, Christmas, Bah mitzvahs, Thanksgiving, or any event where food is served.

copper chafing dish 6 quart

Copper Chafing Dish – 6 Quart

This hammered-finish copper chafing dish gives an Old World look to your buffet, while providing 6 quarts of warm food storage for your foods. This twisted wrought-iron-style legs add a visually-pleasing detail and the copper-finished stainless steel ensures a long life and easy cleaning.

copper chafing dish 3 quart

Copper Chafing Dish – 3 Quart

For smaller gatherings, or simply smaller food batches, this 3-quart dish makes an attractive, heated food server for your guests. A single bottom burner keeps food hot, and the small, 15-inch footprint takes up little space on your table or buffet. This model is also available in a stainless steel finish.

food servers set of 3

Food Servers – Set of 3

For small appetizers, this set of three ceramic servers make a dazzling display. Whether you have meatballs, deviled eggs, or other hors d’oeuvres, you’ll love the style and usefulness of this set. Ceramic dishes are removable for cleaning and the servers are tiered for compact storage, one beneath the other.

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Pipe Furniture 3-Tier Wall Shelf

Industrial Pipe Furniture the Easy Way

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  • Pipe Furniture Coat Rack
  • Pipe Furniture Foyer Bench
  • Pipe Furniture 4-Shelf Tower
  • Pipe Furniture 3-Tier Wall Shelf
  • Pipe Furniture Side Table

DIY Industrial Pipe Furniture – Without the DIY

Industrial pipe furniture is all the rage. From DIY shelves, to tables to toilet paper holders, home owners are doing it for themselves. Standard black or galvanized pipe can be cut, threaded and combined with joints and wood to create a dizzying combination of custom-sized furniture with a little elbow grease. But what if you could do it yourself without the cutting, threading, sanding and hassle? This clever line of faux-industrial pipe furniture is the anecdote: It’s do-it-yourself without the do-it-yourself. No cutting, measuring or removing that nasty coating. Just unbox it and assemble with a screwdriver.

Versatile and rustic, industrial pipe furniture lends itself to many different decors. Traditionally used in old rural areas, it can give your old home a rustic 40s feel, or add some rugged austerity to an industrial space such as an urban loft. Combine it with modern furniture for an eclectic vibe, integrate into your steampunk abode, or furbish your art studio or craft room for some no-nonsense, utilitarian, open storage. You’re only limited by your imagination.

The pieces in this collection are easy to assemble. You can mix and match based on your needs. And the shelves are composite with an easy-to-wipe, distressed finish for easy maintenance. Best part is there’s no sawing, painting, threading or mess. And did I mention they’re extremely affordable?

Industrial Pipe Furniture Coat Rack

Industiral Pipe Furniture Coat Rack
Two shelves store boots, purses and backpacks for convenient storage when you first enter your space. A top shelf holds hats, attaché cases and other essentials, and sturdy locking casters make it easy to relocate, and so pleasing to you restless decorators.

Industrial Pipe Furniture Foyer Bench

Industiral Pipe Furniture Foyer Bench
Place this bench and rack in the foyer or anywhere it seems convenient. Three hooks store coats and over shirts, and a seat-atop the bottom shelf is perfect for changing your shoes–or use it for an extra shelf.

Industrial Pipe Furniture 4-Shelf Tower

Industiral Pipe Furniture 4-Shelf Tower
Perfectly proportioned, this 4-shelf storage tower begs for vignettes–or go functional and use it to store books, craft supplies, and more. Each shelf is approximately 12 x 12 inches.

Industrial Pipe Furniture 3-Tier Wall Shelf

Industiral Pipe Furniture 3-Tier Wall Shelf
Books, media and decorative objects will find a home on these small, three-tiered shelf. It displays well in an entryway, hallway or as an end table.

Industrial Pipe Furniture Side Table

Industiral Pipe Furniture Side Table
Compact and open ended, this small side table makes a great accent to a davenport and doubles as a bedside table, depending on your needs. Plants, lamps and photos display nicely on the 20 by 16-inch surface.

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Clutter and Grief

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Clutter and Grief

There are many reasons why one might struggle with clutter in their homes, but one of them is grieving, which can be the result of a number of losses. Grief, in fact, may manifest in one’s environment as accumulation from indecision and exteriorizing one’s inability to release someone (or something).

When clutter amasses in one’s dwelling after a loss, it’s important to respect that person’s state as, chances are, you might not know exactly what they are going through. Grief-induced clutter is very different in nature and magnitude than say, occasional situational clutter (like when your cousin’s family stays for two weeks and everything ends up in a disarray).

Longstanding clutter could be a sign that someone is stuck in the grieving process, in which case counseling or professional organizing services might be appropriate. Disorganization and clutter can have many sources including:

  • Depression and lack of energy.
  • Difficulty prioritizing and assigning value to sentimental items.
  • Lack of focus and inability to concentrate.
  • Feelings of overwhelm, by the “administrative” duties of burying someone (bills, estate issues, medical bills, social security, etc.).
  • Lack of bereavement support (in the case of a death).
  • An inability to accept the loss, whether it’s a death, an illness, a job termination or a breakup.

While there are things you can do to help loved ones who are struggling with clutter and grief, such as offering to help them sort, clean and organize, sometimes professionals are better equipped to help them move through their feelings and their attachment to things they associate with the object of their loss. Of course, the professionals should be specifically trained in the area of grief and, in the case of professional organizers, clutter and grief.

Losses can take many faces, including bereaved loved ones, relationship breakups, job terminations, or even empty-nest syndrome. Everyone experiences sudden life changes differently, and it’s important not to judge the magnitude of your loved one’s grief. It’s more productive to simply find ways to be supportive.

If someone you care about is struggling with loss-related clutter issues, it’s important to respect their feelings. You may think it’s strange that they want to keep a deceased person’s shoes after they die, for instance, but insisting they are being ridiculous or trying to pressure them into tossing them may do more harm than good. While you may find their attachments to be disproportionate or think it irrational of them to say, “he might need them (the shoes) when he comes back,” that level of denial is extremely common among people who lose someone. That denial stage is, in fact, a normal grief stage, and for some, throwing something away is like throwing someone away. This is not something to take lightly.

Some people may want to immediately discard or give away the person’s belongings and this isn’t necessarily a healthy response to loss either. They could be actually denying the person existed by erasing all the signs. Again, professionals may be better equipped to deal with grief-related issues, and it’s important to treat your loved ones with kindness and respect.

For those struggling with grief clutter, throwing things away and criticizing them isn’t likely to be helpful. Gentle communication, non-judgment, and allowing them to feel empowered and make their own decisions and connections will help them get through their crisis and grief and move onto the next stage.

While professional help for grief-related clutter issues may be in order, there are some practical things one can suggest or offer to help with, that might make a short or long term difference to a survivor of a loss:

  • Ask if it is appropriate to set a time in the future to go through belongings with family members.
  • Offer to help them box up some items for temporary storage – even to get them out of view until a final decision can be made.
  • Offer to help them sort items into boxes and label them.
  • Offer to help them sort and donate unwanted items to a charity, provided they are emotionally ready for that step.
  • Create a “sad box,” a “treasure box” or some other clearly marked place to store special mementos or even those things that might trigger strong emotions at a later date.
  • Ask the person if they can think of something you can help them with, whether it’s cleaning, organizing or communicating with others (chances are, they may not be capable of asking, or sorting it out on their own).
  • Ask them if they would like you to help them find a professional organizer or grief counselor.
  • Simply be a friend.

Jonda Beattie, a professional organizer (timespaceorg.com), shared these thoughts about grieving people:

  • When first experiencing grief, you are in a fog – time is distorted – events are unreal. There is a lack of focus, so don’t do anything major in your first year.
  • Get help in sorting through important papers as you are not capable of making big decisions.
  • The easiest items to let go of are personal items of the deceased that mean something to someone else. Example: my husband’s wedding ring had his family crest on it so it was easy to give it and some of his most personal items to his son. My mother had many things that some of her friends would really enjoy and cherish. These were easy to give away.

Jonda has several blog posts on her site about preparing for death, including one on death and digital assets, an informative read.

Grief-induced clutter is something deserving of tender care, gentle support and, in some cases professional help. You can find grief therapists in your local yellow pages or in online directories, and for professional organizers, try the Find a Pro section on the NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) website, or contact Jonda on her website.

Do you have any thoughts or ideas about clutter and grief you’d like to share? Feel free to comment.

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