Celeste @ Simplicity Story

☕ I'm dishing the tea this week! 😉

Published 12 months ago • 3 min read

This summer, I'm hosting the free Summer of Simplicity series. In this series, we're focusing on decluttering, organizing, and creating routines & habits to stop the clutter from coming back... all in just 10-15 minutes a day!

Welcome to Week 3 of the challenge! This week we're focusing on our dishes and drinkware!

How many dish sets do you have for your family? And how many do you actually use on a regular basis?

Want to know a serious downfall to keeping waaaay more dishes & drinkware than you actually need? A whole lot more dishes to organize, wash, and care for! 👎

This week, we're going to sort through all our dishes and drinkware, and get rid of the ones we never use. Likewise, any that are chipped, broken, and just beyond repair.

Keep the dishes and drinkware your family actually uses on a regular basis, and say goodbye to the rest. I promise, it will be so so liberating!


  1. If you haven't yet, download the FREE challenge pack here.
  2. Follow the instructions for Week 3 (dishes & drinkware).
  3. Spend 10-15 minutes each day completing the checklist (found in the FREE challenge pack).
  4. By the end of the week, you should have a lot less unnecessary dishes and cups in your kitchen (and the most important part- you'll begin creating a habit of decluttering).

Did you know... decluttering is a numbers game!

In the FREE challenge pack, you'll find a worksheet under Week 3 to help you keep track of how many dish sets, glasses, and coffee mugs you own vs how many you actually need to keep.


When I first got married, everyone told me we needed to have two sets of dishes (with 8 plate sets each), one casual and one "fancy" for special occasions.

So we registered and bought two complete sets of dishes. That's 16 dinner plates, dessert plates, bowls, mugs, and saucers... for (what was then) two people! Talk about a lot of stuff we didn't truly need.

And after years of moving and storing all these boxes of dishes that we never used, finally I stopped and asked myself, "why?"

Why do we need an extra set of "fancy" dishes that we'll only use once or twice a year? That is some seriously valuable space being wasted on something we rarely ever use!

So we decided to get rid of the "fancy" plate set and just keep one set of regular dishes.

The plate set that we kept is a plain white set. It's perfect for everyday use, and super easy to "dress up" for holidays and special occasions because it matches everything.

This fits our lifestyle and family much better!

I'm here to tell you it's perfectly fine to just have one set of dishes in your kitchen!

That being said, if your fancy dishes hold special meaning to you and you use them regularly, then they certainly have "earned" a place in your kitchen.

I would never want you to get rid of something so special that you weren't comfortable parting with.

But for us (and many others we know), we use them so seldom they're not worth keeping, especially with very limited cabinet space in a small kitchen.


If you're following along with the challenge this summer, please share your before & after pictures. Your photos will help inspire others on their decluttering journey.

As a thank you for sharing, you'll be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to the Simplicity Shop. Every week you submit photos, you'll receive one entry into the drawing. (Increase your odds of winning by submitting photos each week!)

To submit your pictures, simply reply to this e-mail or send them to I'll draw a winner at the end of the summer challenge!

I can't wait to hear all about your progress this week, Reader!

PS: This summer, we're working to make big changes through small, everyday actions. Grab your FREE download here to join us in this week's Summer of Simplicity challenge!

Ready to kick your clutter to the curb? These can help:

  1. Easily see at-a-glance the steps you need to follow to ensure decluttering success with the Ultimate Decluttering Cheat Sheets.
  2. Get family members involved & turn decluttering into a fun game with Decluttering Cards.
  3. Gain the confidence you need to declutter your home and empower yourself to take action on the clutter in your home with beautiful Decluttering Affirmations.

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