4 Fun Alternative Uses For Mugs

by Elyse V

I’m a self proclaimed pop culture junkie, and as such I have bought and have been gifted a lot of fandom mugs. Truly more mugs than one person could ever possibly use. My mug collection includes, but is not limited to: Disney Princesses, Breaking Bad, Backstreet Boy, F.r.i.e.n.d.s, Outlander, Gilmore Girls, Hamilton, and Glee to name a few. While I do use a number of these mugs for their intended purpose- you can’t possibly drink from all of them. So I’ve found 4 fun alternative uses for mugs that will allow you to display, enjoy and/or put them to good use.

One reason why some of my mugs are displayed and some are used, comes down to being dishwasher safe. I don’t want to hand wash mugs regularly- as no one has time for that, even in quarantine.

Here are 4 of my favourite uses for mugs:

1) Organize your makeup brushes: I use a larger mug for this because I have so many brushes. Instead of buying an expensive brush holder, I get to use a cute and kitschy mug. I even keep my liquid eyeliner pens in a mug as they are best stored tip side down. You store your liner pens upside down to keep the tip moist. By keeping them in the mug with my brushes I’m ensured that they are always kept the correct way, to maximise their shelf life. Not to mention, it makes them easier to find amidst my makeup collection.

2) Organize your Q-tips and cotton pads: Two smaller mugs can be used on your bathroom vanity to hold Q-tips and cotton pads. Again it is a cute way to inject some personality into your bathroom. Also, this means you don’t have to purchase a specific holder for these products.

3) Keep your change together: In my bedroom one of the mugs on my dresser is just for change. An easy way to save some money is to toss any change that falls to the bottom of your purse into the mug. Sooner than you think you’ll have a some significant change saved.

4) Perfume samples: Any beauty diva knows that associates love to throw in free perfume samples whenever their customers make a purchase. I take them off of their cardboard backings, and recycle the cardboard. Then on a shelf in my bathroom I keep the tiny bottles in a mug so they are contained and accessible.

These are 4 fun alternative uses for mugs you may have – and love – but just don’t use. What fun is having a great mug and never seeing it? It deserves better than just collecting dust in the back of a dark cupboard.

What everyday items do you have an alternative use for? Let us know in the comments as we’re always interested in repurposing everyday items.

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Raquel November 4, 2020 - 2:08 PM

My husband is a mug hoarder so I’ve taken the mugs that he can never get rid of for sentimental reasons and use them to separate markers, pens, pencils, etc So he can hold onto them, but they’re not taking up valuable cabinet space!

Elyse V November 4, 2020 - 2:23 PM

Thank you. Smart guy, it’s difficult to get rid of mugs you love. Happy he can still enjoy them.

Amelia November 4, 2020 - 2:20 PM

Love those ideas! I use mine for decor too for all those holiday cups :)

Elyse V November 4, 2020 - 2:23 PM

Thank you. That’s a great idea. Hadn’t thought about holiday mugs.

Carrie Pankratz November 4, 2020 - 3:27 PM

This is great! I do the same thing with mason jars… I think I will switch it up to Holiday mugs for Christmas.

Elyse V November 4, 2020 - 4:12 PM

What a great idea. You could even dress the mason jars up with ribbon. Thank you for your comment.

Kat November 4, 2020 - 7:11 PM

Thanks for the ideas! I have too many mugs to fit into my cabinet. These are great ways to make use of them!

Elyse V November 4, 2020 - 8:34 PM

You’re welcome. Happy we can give you some interesting idea.



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