How many dishes does a family of five really need? Not that much.
This month we decided to simplify our lives but reducing our kitchen ware to just the dishes we need; one bowl, large plate, small plate, spoon, fork... (you get the idea) per person. This allows us to hand wash our dishes and not get behind doing so and to downsize the amount of cupboard space we need to store dinner ware. All the rest were moved to the "hospitality-only" cupboard or boxed up for a spring yard sale.
(Would love to say more on this topic but I'm trying really, really hard to stick to my 3 sentence rule for the rest of February.)