Without a doubt, I’m a tea lover. I hope you caught my tea story the other day, where I waxed on about my love of tea and how it’s grown over the years. After hosting a tea party at my house the other weekend, I was inspired to clean up my tea drawer and package my teas in a way that would have me actually drinking a variety of them, rather than just reaching for the closest one without a thought.
However, this was the mess I had to work with.
See how tiny that drawer is? No wonder I was just reaching for the closest thing! Not only that, but that box held even more tea, some coffee, and other beverages, and had a less-than-handy home in the cupboard on the opposite side of the kitchen. I needed a better system!
After a trip to Dollarama (seriously, best store ever!) and about $30 later, I had containers and baskets and labels. The baby had just gone down for a nap, so it was time to turn on the tunes and work on organizing my teas.
I decided the best thing to do would be to comandeer the “baking” cabinet because the majority of items in it were expired and we had plenty of other space to keep things. In fact, I had moved a bread box we used to use for bread that was delegated to the basement back to the counter and realized that was the perfect place to use baking or cooking things I use all the time, like cocoa, vanilla, baking soda & powder, and whatnot. Finally I had a use for it! I also had an excess of containers that I decided to book baking supplies in like chocolate chips, dried fruits, and nuts. All of that got put in another cupboard and my cooking oils were now delegated to the box and placed in the opposite side of the kitchen, since I don’t use the majority of them all of the time.
That left me with a beautiful empty cupboard right above the Keurig, which I use for hot water. After a little bit of elbow grease scrubbing the cupboard clean, then a little more effort organizing and labeling, I had a much better use of the cupboard.
Behold the transformation!
SO much better! I took a few extra pictures so you can see what’s in the baskets and how it’s all organized.
The top shelf is where I keep my K-cups (lots of coffee, a few teas, and some specialty drinks — none of which I use all the time); a basket of various random tea bags, cider, coffee, hot chocolate, and; my tea pots and presses.
Now, the only problem will be keeping it organized! I’m expecting an order of Steeped Tea to come in this week aaaaand I may have indulged and bought some more David’s Tea and a few teacups. It’s an obsession, I tell you! Though I guess when it comes to being addicted to something, tea isn’t that bad. Add that to my book addiction and I’m pretty normal!
PS – I apologize for the lack of pretty pictures. Our kitchen doesn’t get a lot of light as it is, and the cupboard doesn’t face a window so there are ALWAYS shadows. It looks so much nicer in person!
Lyrics: I know it doesn’t seem like it, but “tea in the morning” is from one of my favourite Tori Amos covers That’s What I Like Mick. Not a HUGE mention about tea, but do you know how hard it is to find song lyrics about tea?!?
How do you organize your teas?