If there's one household item that most families have too many of, it's drinkware. Somehow kitchen cabinets inevitably become overrun with disheveled collections of water bottles, plastic cups, and travel mugs in a variety of different shapes, styles, and sizes. Unfortunately, few of these are actually put to use on a regular basis. Even with a large selection to choose from, most people have a favorite water bottle, drinking cup, and coffee mug that they rotate between throughout the week. The rest do nothing more than collect dust and take up valuable cabinet space. If your family is hoarding an unused arsenal of drinkware, there's no better time to give these items a second life with someone new. Check out these simple tips to help narrow down the water bottles, cups, and mugs in your home quickly and easily.
Benefits of Decluttering Water Bottles, Cups, & Mugs
Sorting through a multitude of water bottles, coffee mugs, and plastic cups may be overwhelming at first, but it will be well worth the time and effort you put into it. Parting ways with your extra drinkware has numerous benefits, including:
- Keeping Your Home Organized: Who couldn't use more cabinet space? You are sure to appreciate a clean, well-organized cabinet that's filled with dishes and bottles that you actually use. The days of plastic bottles tumbling down upon you every time you open the cabinet to grab a drink will be gone, thankfully.
- Sharing With Your Community: You may not find a particular water bottle or travel mug useful, but someone else in your neighborhood might. Give these items that you no longer use or need a chance to benefit someone else by letting them go.
- Feeling Good: Once you clear out your messy water bottle collection, you are sure to feel lighter and happier. Not only will your home be tidier, but you can feel good about sharing your once-loved belongings with someone in your community.
When it comes to freeing up space in your home, sharing your belongings with others who will appreciate them, and feeling good about it, you've got nothing to lose but a small part of your day. With this in mind, it's time to start sorting!
Tips to Narrow Down Your Drinkware Collection
Clearing out your drinkware collection is usually easier said than done. Sorting through plastic cups from sporting events, holiday coffee mugs, and souvenir water bottles can feel like an impossible feat, especially if they hold a fun memory or some sort of emotional attachment. If you feel overwhelmed just thinking about deciding which of your drinking vessels you should keep and which ones to let go, take heart! Ask yourself these questions to make the process easier:
- Do you like the size, style, and appearance of the cup?
- Have you used it recently (or ever)?
- Is the water bottle missing pieces, such as straws or lids?
- Is it difficult to clean?
- Does the travel mug seal well or spill?
- Are you holding onto it simply because someone gave it to you or it holds a fond memory?
You may think no one will be interested in your ten-year-old Mickey Mouse coffee mug or your CamelBak water bottle that doesn't fit properly in your car's cup holder when it could be the very thing one of your neighbors has been searching for. If the mug or water bottle isn't practical for your needs anymore, it's time to pass it on to someone who will find it useful. You'll be so glad you did!
How Many Water Bottles Are Too Many?
There is no magic number for how many water bottles, cups, and mugs you should hold onto. Determining the number of each drinking vessel you and your family needs is a personal decision that only you can make. When sorting through your drinkware, be sure to keep your family's unique needs and lifestyle in mind. For example, if your children take a water bottle to school every day, you may want them each to have two water bottles — one to take with them and another to wash for the next day. The same could be said for travel mugs for you or your partner to take to work.
As for plastic cups and coffee mugs, it's wise to have a few extra available when friends stop by. Consider how often the cups you choose to keep will be used and the condition they're in. Chances are if you don't like something about them, you'll never use them, so only keep the ones that make you happy.
On the other hand, if you're a minimalist who's trying to cut back on your home's clutter, one water bottle to take to the gym and one travel mug to bring with you to work may be enough. Likewise, four coffee mugs and plastic cups could be plenty for your family and guests.
What's the bottom line? There's no right answer to how many water bottles and cups are too many or too few for your family to hold onto. Just be sure that whichever ones you decide to keep in your home are ones that you find practical, attractive, and will put to good use.
Good Use Can Help
After you sort through your water bottles, coffee mugs, and plastic cups, Good Use can help you find the perfect home for the ones that no longer meet your needs. Our easy-to-use app makes sharing your extra household goods with others in your community a cinch. Here's how it works:
- Step 1: Create an account with your email and password.
- Step 2: List the water bottles and mugs you'd like to let go.
- Step 3: Connect and chat with individuals in your community who may be interested in your items.
- Step 4: Decide when and where to meet to exchange your goods.
- Step 5: Feel good about cutting down on waste, putting your stuff to good use, and helping others.
It's never been easier to keep your clutter in check while connecting with your community. With Good Use, everyone wins! Download our free app today to get started.