Since we moved into this house, we’ve had this drawer in our kitchen that has basically grated at my nerves. We all know this drawer. We all have a “drawer” (or several) that we loathe and that makes us cringe every time we open it. It’s disorganized, things fall all over the place, you never want to go in it because it gives you anxiety. Ok, maybe the anxiety part is just me. Have you ever had that split second thought before closing it- how fast can I close this drawer/cabinet to prevent something from spilling out? My horrible, terrible, no good very bad drawer (or cabinet, in my case) happened to be where we keep our “tea stash”. I am also including powder mixes (iced tea etc), sugar packets, honey, hot chocolate and coffee in this stash. It was just a catch all for that stuff. I finally went to “Storables” and picked up a few cheap organizer items to tackle this cabinet once and for all. I knew I wanted this to be a cheap project but nicely organized. Sometimes, you can spend a fortune just on the organization items! I definitely didn’t want to do that. Here’s an idea for how to organize your tea stash, neatly and affordably.
First of all, please look at what I was dealing with here.
I do want to throw a disclaimer out there too. I am not a huge tea drinker, I mainly drink coffee. But I do find, especially in the winter, that I have at least a cup a day after my coffee. So, this organization method works beautifully for me to whip out a tea bag of my choice easily and effortlessly on a daily basis.
Step ONE : Take everything out of your cabinet.
You need to see what you have in order to organize it! This also gives you a change to clean out the cabinets or drawers which can become kinda icky after a while.
Step Two: Get rid of anything old or anything you don’t really use anymore (and be honest). 🙂
For me, that was quite a bit. I had really old teas in there that I was saving for a rainy day, but why? I also had powder mixes with the teeniest bit of mix left. No point in keeping those! It felt so good to get rid of stuff.
Step Three: Gather up some ziploc sandwich bags.
If your tea bags come naked (without the wrapper on it), you will use the bags to store the tea bags together. Cut the front of the box out and stick it in the bag to label your tea.
Step Four: Recycle as many boxes as you can.
You really don’t need the hot chocolate box that the packets come in (the instructions are usually on the packet itself). And if you did Step Three you don’t need your tea boxes anymore. You also won’t need those kcup boxes. This is so liberating!
Step Five: Gather up your organizers.
In my case, I purchased three organizers. You want to figure out the organizers you need based on your drawer size and how much stuff you have. I purchased two shorter organizers and one long and narrow one. The long and narrow one I use to hold the teas with the wrappers on. The two shorter ones hold the ziploc bagged teas, the hot chocolate packets and my decaf kcups. My regular, daily use kcups are stored right next to my keurig so they are not even factored into this project!
Step Six: Make some labels.
I bought this quickie label maker. It’s basically tape but it’s a label instead. You just cut off as much as you need and stick it on the organizer. I used a gold sharpie type pen to write on the label. It’s not super fancy but it works!
Step Seven: Figure out how to arrange everything and then arrange everything. 🙂
See what I did there? LOL. Anyways, I went with a light to heavy set up. I wanted the wrapped teas to be at the top of my cabinet so I can slide them in and out easily. The heavy powder mixes I put on the very bottom. The middle holds the bagged teas, hot chocolates and cups.
Step Eight: Marvel at your newly organized tea stash!
Here’s my before and after.
If you are curious about what organizers I bought, I sourced them below. I really wanted those fancy clear acrylic ones, but they were double the price for the same job and I just couldn’t justify it! Maybe next time.
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Thanks so much for reading guys! I hope you enjoyed this post on how to organize your tea stash. Have a great day!