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
Spice up your cooking and your kitchen at the same time, nothing says "accomplished chef!"ÃÂ 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
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
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
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
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
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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