As in: Your grandmother’s china, which is not aging gracefully.
Use heavy-duty plastic wrap. "Wrap plates individually and stack up to eight before securing them tightly with the wrap," says Cheryl Kahn-Brocco, director of catering for the Glazier Group, an event-management company in New York City. “It’s a favorite catering trick. Your dishes won’t budge, and they’ll be protected from dust, so there’s no need to wash them before using.” Store the stacks in a cupboard or a low-traffic corner of the attic.
Consider diswasher racks. For fancy wineglasses and Champagne flutes, Kahn-Brocco recommends commercial-style dishwasher racks with individual compartments: “Load it up and wrap it in plastic so everything stays safe and clean.”