When all the kids were home, they had a bad habit of using a new glass, plate, cup, fork, etc every time they needed one. My husband suggested that I cut down on the "availability" of each of those, so I left just enough cups, plates,etc to accommodate each family member. The rest I "put up" but was readily available if we had company. The kids had to rescue there cup, because there wasn't 15 available anymore. It drastically cut down dirty dishes.