How I Organize My Tea Collection

Organizing Your Tea Collection

I’ve been sharing my love of tea this year — both for the caffeine as a busy, nursing mom and for the pleasure of snuggling up with a warm cuppa in a variety of flavors — and several of you have asked how I organize my teas, so I thought I’d give you a peek inside my tea cabinet!

We have two cabinets with rolling doors in our kitchen that we refer to as the “garages” (which works since we don’t have a real garage), and last year I got rid of several small appliances and designated one of the shelves as the coffee shelf. Over Christmas break, I took that a step further and cleared another shelf for teas, and I’m loving having them all organized right next to the stove.

Actually, for a while I just had the cardboard boxes of teas stacked precariously on the shelf, but that got old real fast as they inevitably toppled over while I was digging through them. It also made it hard for my sweet big girls to make me or themselves a cup of tea, so I started searching for ways to organize them, and I finally settled on these gorgeous (and affordable!) bamboo boxes.

Organizing Your Tea Collection

I thought one would be enough, but it quickly became obvious that I have a problem they don’t hold as much as I hoped, so I decided to divide my caffeinated (black and pue-rh teas, mostly) and herbal teas between two boxes.

A couple of weeks ago we finally got around to printing out a couple of vinyl stencils on the Silhouette and I painted labels on the boxes. (I’m trying really hard to use the supplies we have rather than buying new ones for projects like this, so I painted them with shimmery white paint we had gotten for  the girls’ pinewood derby cars!)

Organizing Your Tea Collection

Beside the boxes, I have several jars and bags of loose teas as well as a few tins of tea sachets.

Technically, loose tea should be kept in a dark container, but I have a couple jars in there that I think are probably okay since we keep the door closed. My plan is to cover the tins in a pretty patterned paper and use those for loose teas once the sachets are gone.

Organizing Your Tea Collection

We also have a shelf in our dish cabinet for this pretty tea pot that Shannon gave me as well as the tea cups I got for the girls at a local thrift store. They love to have tea parties with various herbal teas (Tazo Passion is their favorite), but I prefer my tea in a big mug as opposed to a delicate tea cup!

How do you organize your tea?

Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy, and together they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. Mandi loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.
  • http://adelightfulhome.com/ Stacy @ A Delightful Home

    I love this, Mandi! Might have to get myself some of those tea boxes. I have mine an a basket and it is hard to dig around and find exactly what I want.

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      The boxes really are fun; it makes “tea time” feel so special!

  • La Brice

    I have my teas and coffees in a bookcase. People like to give me tea as a present, since they know I like tea, and we received a keurig coffee maker and have been experimenting with flavors. The bookcase has glass fronts, to keep the dog hair out, and it’s very pretty, which makes choosing tea or coffee flavors all the more fun.

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      Oh, I LOVE that — what a fun way to display/organize them!

  • ENTPgal

    I’ve been struggling for a couple of years with all those cardboard tea boxes and it just now dawned on me to try to find a way to organize them, lol. I stumbled on to here after a quick search for suggestions and all I can say is thank you. Those tea boxes are getting way out of hand, they’ve taken up about an 20×20 square area of my counter. I’m definitely getting myself some of those boxes. Thanks. :)