My first question is about drinkware...mugs, glasses, travel mugs, and the like...
We basically have the following:
For cold drinks--
*one set of 12 oz glass glasses (was six, but I think only 4-5 now)
*one set of 5 oz glass glasses (was six, but I don't think we have more than 3 now)
*one set of 2 oz glass shot glasses (six...we used these to teach Bug how to drink out of a regular cup, but we don't need them anymore)
*two square glass glasses that came with a bottle of whiskey (I think 8 oz?)
*two jelly jar glasses with handles (16 oz)
*one HUGE glass glass for iced tea (we used to have two...I think it's like a 24 oz)
*a handful of large plastic tumblers (I think we had 10, but there's only like 6-7 now. We originally bought these just for guest situations to use instead of the throwaway cups, but DH put them into regular rotation)
*two sippy cups for Bug
*four stainless steel water bottles
For hot drinks--
*two big white mugs from our dinnerware set (the other ones have long since broken)
*two regular sized Star Wars mugs (DH JUST got these, so there's no getting rid of them!)
*one pretty mug with saucer that's mine
*one generic big brown mug that's also technically mine
*two huge cappuccino mugs (that I brought back from Romania...these mostly get used more as bowls, though)
*a set of six espresso mugs with saucers (from World Market and they all fit into a stand that sits on the counter and doesn't take up much space)
*two travel mugs--one for me, one for DH
*a stack of disposable hot cups for company left over from our Christmas party
If it were up to me, I think I could at least cut back our cold drink cups to like three of the 12 oz, three of the 5 oz, two of the huge iced tea ones (I'd have to buy a second one), a couple of water bottles, and Bug's two sippies (still handy for when we are out and about and for bedtime water). I kinda like the jelly jars cause I can fill one four times and get my minimal amount of water for the day, but I don't HAVE to keep them.
On the hot drink stuff, we'd have to keep the travel mugs and four other mugs for sure. The rest I'm ambivalent about...but since the espresso set was a gift from me to DH at Christmas a few years back I don't feel like I can just arbitrarily give those away.
As far as for when guests are over, I probably would donate the current plastic tumblers and just buy a new set or two the next time a company situation comes around (and then keep them in a separate "for company" cabinet). For hot drinks I think our disposable ones will last a while for those few times we have more company over than could drink from our four mugs.
Any advice for me? Am I cutting back enough? Too much?