I love little dishes to store little things in. For some reason I don't regard something as clutter if it is in something else. If like objects are stored neatly together within the boundaries of a vessel, it makes me happy, even if it is out on show and not away in a cupboard. Of course, this only applies to a certain degree. If I have 1 or 2 little dishes on the window sill, I am happy. If there were, say, 20 little dishes on the window sill, I'd be unhappy. This little dish is for rubber bands and twist ties, and belongs on top of the fridge.
The next little dish is for Shane's chef buttons, and belongs on his desk. After ironing his chef jacket for that day, I hang it nearby on the hallway cupboard door. It makes sense to have the buttons kept close to where the clean jacket is hung.
How sweet is this tiny dish- like a little fry pan. Its perfect for the stud earings that I wear most often, and my rings hang on the handle. Behind is another cutie just for hair pins. These are on my window sill in the bathroom. Most of these were bought from a kitchen supplies store, or from second-hand stores.
On the subject of jewellery, here are more (worn less often) stud earings in a gorgeous antique blue glass dish, and behind are a few of my dangly earings hanging from a little jewellery stand. These belong in our bedroom.
A little bowl for gem stones and a tiny dish (which is actually a green-tea cup) for the key that locks the kitchen window screen. A little ornamental frog sits by watching me do the dishes in the morning.
This little red square dish holds something special- a guitar pick from one of my favourite bands- I caught it at one of their concerts years ago :-)
Also there is my collection of foreign coins from my over-seas travels in a sweet little pot.
Do you use little dishes for organising or keeping special things in too?