Whoever designed my apartment decided, for some reason, to grace the kitchen with as few cabinets as possible while simultaneously positioning them in such a way as to thwart the addition of more storage space. Practically, what that means is that I can keep active-rotation plates and cups on hand, but any pieces used once a month or less need to get boxed up and put in a closet somewhere. For that, I use simple cardboard storage boxes with clever hinged lids: One drinkware box for stems, one for glasses, and a couple of dinnerware boxes (complete with cardboard plate protectors) for the rest. They're lightweight, deceptively strong, easily stackable, and—with their smooth white paper sides—easy to scribble content descriptions, plate counts, and other notes-to-self (like: "If mom visits, use these").
Drinkware and Dinnerware Storage Boxes, $4.95-$12.95 at Crateandbarrel.com