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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?