How Many Coffee Mugs Are Too Many?

September 18, 2010Katie

When Mr. Wonderful and I moved into our new house, we were amazed at the cupboard space.  We probably had more than twice as much storage space than we had at our previous home.

When unpacking the kitchen boxes, however, I realized that we had a problem – we had WAY too many coffee cups and mugs!  But we went ahead and put them all in the cupboard anyway thinking we get back to weeding through them later.

Well folks, it’s later, like four years later and they’re still there.  Just look.  Here our funtioning side of a set of cupboards and the mugs we primarily use for coffee, tea, soup and chili.

And this is what I just removed from the other side of that cupboard.

I have a hard time getting rid of them because what if I want to use them one day?  I mean, I can’t get rid of my Princess House crystal mugs that I love to use for spiced cider in the fall can I?  And I can’t get rid of those Christmas mugs that I use for a few weeks  during the Holidays can I? And those white dainty cups – all 20 of them.  They match the everyday dishes I use.  And even though I never use them, I can’t get rid of a full set right?

But  I need room for these sweethearts.

I’ve been collecting these slowly and I am in love with the pattern on the dinner plates.

And the deep Tuscan looking bowls make me smile.

And I really love this covered baking dish.

Okay, and LOOK at  this oblong bowl with scrolled handles.

And suddenly, I don’t mind clearing out the cupboards that much anymore.

Because I think they look very pretty now.


  • Shelley Stevenson

    September 18, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Hahaha OMG Katie, I can relate. I "collect" coffee mugs. I have to get one from every place I visit to commemerate my visit. After all, if I don't get a coffee mug, how will I ever remember I was even there?? lol
    1. dishinanddishes

      September 18, 2010 at 5:10 pm

      Shelly - that is SO funny! I wonder how many YOU have?
  • Nanny

    September 18, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Katie! You need to keep those Princess House ones and the Corelle ones for me when I come!! I don't like big heavy mugs! Listen to your Mama!
  • Sharon

    September 19, 2010 at 10:55 am

    If you have any Polish pottery mugs, I'll take them off your hands. It's the least I can do.
  • Mikki

    September 19, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    How beautiful!! Love those dishes. But I'm right there with ya on it being hard to let go of mugs. There's always a reason to use them right??.. LOL
  • Tammy Moore

    October 25, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I just found your site (and lived in Edmond, OK for a few years right after I got married) and this is SO me! Granted, we drink a LOT of coffee, but we're a family of three (daughter's only 10, so she doesn't need mugs) and we have about 24 mugs (probably more). I always say that one day I'll put them up on a shelf or something... just haven't gotten to it yet. ;) Love those dishes and your site! Off to read some more...
    1. dishinanddishes

      October 25, 2010 at 3:54 pm

      Tammy so glad to hear from you! Hope you enjoy the site!

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