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In my dining room, I have a hutch. In that hutch are several teacups and teapots. (Ok, more than several. For a while there, I brought back teacups whenever I traveled.) These cups have been shuffled around from location to location, and to be honest, I’ve never really used any of them.
Teacups are pretty. I like the idea of them, but most of the time I end up drinking a cup of tea from my favorite pottery mug. In my mind, there was no point in using the “good” teacups when I wasn’t making a full pot of tea. Making a full pot of tea is an endeavor and too much work I felt when I only want just a single cuppa.
If I’m being honest though, the reality is that when I’m sitting or working, I don’t drink just one cup of tea. I have a few. It takes the same amount of time to make a pot as a cup, and if I have a pot in front of me with a little pitcher of cream, I don’t have to get up as often and interrupt my workflow.
Since I now have a pot of tea, the “good” teacups are justified, and now I am finally using my pretty cups because after all – teacups are functional objects. There is something so beautifully civilized about tea in a proper cup. I still love and use my pottery cup, but now my teacups get their own share of tabletop time.
I enjoy sitting down to write with a pretty tea set in front of me. It’s amazing how it elevates a simple cuppa. I want to love everything in my life and my house. We’re going through things and trying to pare down unnecessary things, and while I’ve never read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, it’s on my list (and her principles are all over Pinterest). One of my goals is for each item I own to serve a purpose, bring me joy, or have a functional use. (I am also working towards not keeping items out of guilt, but that is a topic for another day.) Pretty teacups just happen to hit all three points.
Do you use your “good” items or keep them back for special occasions? Let me know in the comments!