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Caffeine Free: 6 Creative Ways To Use Mugs That Don't Involve Coffee

Coffee is a very, very important thing. And if you take it as seriously as I do (i.e. have a rampant caffeine addiction), you've likely also amassed a collection of coffee mugs that has outgrown your apartment's cabinets. Now we're giving you an excuse to grow your collection! From decorative one-offs to functional tips, here are six of our favorite ways to use a mug that doesn't involve a cup of joe. Have your own idea? Tell us in the comments below!

1. Keep Fresh Herbs

Mugs on Mugs on Mugs: 6 Alternative Ways to Use Your Go-To Coffee Cup

Hannibal Wall ClockRising Mountain Mug

Spice up your cooking and your kitchen at the same time, nothing says "accomplished chef!" like fresh-cut herbs. With a little water in the base of a mug, you can keep cut rosemary, basil, cilantro and more lively for days.

2. Light a Candle

Mugs on Mugs on Mugs: 6 Alternative Ways to Use Your Go-To Coffee Cup

Black and White Stripe Mug

Whether you're a home-decorating aficionado or just looking to make a lazy jack-o-lantern stand-in, a mug housing a votive checks off both boxes and is super cozy to boot.

3. Grow a Plant

Mugs on Mugs on Mugs: 6 Alternative Ways to Use Your Go-To Coffee Cup

Small orchids are the perfect size, without worrying about potting soil, you can slide one in and keep it fresh with an ice cube a day. If you're not a delicate flower person, try an agave or succulent instead.

4. Decorate with Flowers

Mugs on Mugs on Mugs: 6 Alternative Ways to Use Your Go-To Coffee Cup

Street Walker Framed PrintLines Hold The Memories Mug

Your favorite mug also makes a charming tiny vase. Grab some blossoms from the farmer's market, or straight from your back yard, and use one to house a flower arrangement that has personality for days.

5. Store Pens and Pencils

Mugs on Mugs on Mugs: 6 Alternative Ways to Use Your Go-To Coffee Cup

Forbidden Orange Carryall PouchShabby Flowers Mug

Call us old school, but we still like to write by hand and will swoon over a perfectly sharpened pencil. Keep a mug of these guys on your desk, and you'll be ready whenever inspiration strikes.

6. Hold Your Toothbrush

Mugs on Mugs on Mugs: 6 Alternative Ways to Use Your Go-To Coffee Cup

Gold Palm Leaves MugGold Palm Leaves Bath Towel

The best thing about using a coffee cup to store your toothbrush? Two words: dishwasher safe. You'll never have to look at a grimy weird-looking toothbrush stand again.

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Jennifer commented on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 2:16pm
Brilliant ideas thank u , love the grow your own plant that's new , keep fresh herbs and decorate with flowers. Fantastic concepts , will certainly try them out :)
Chloe+Camera commented on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 2:26pm
Oh, so pretty...I'm totally gonna plant a cactus in my little cactus mug:http://bit.ly/2ellQPy

Love you guys...:-)

@Jennifer....your dog is the cutest thing ever.
NaturalColors commented on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 4:05pm
very nice! love it.
Swen Swensøn commented on Friday, October 21, 2016 4:17am
Amazing 👌🏻😊
Dorian Legret commented on Friday, October 21, 2016 11:50am
Great ! :D
Danielle Gensler commented on Friday, October 21, 2016 1:20pm
These are amazing ideas! I collect loose change in a Phantom of the Opera mug I found at a flea market. :)
Sharon Mau commented on Friday, October 21, 2016 4:37pm
. . ★ . . :: very nice + lovely photos :: . . ★ . .
GringoFace commented on Sunday, October 30, 2016 8:02am
I've sipped countless mixes of paint water instead of my coffee while using a mug for brushes...
Najash Lee commented on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 2:12pm
They are good ideas! I love how it looks with flowers!

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