Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Kitchen organization: Tea Bags... everywhere!

I have been getting the organization bug for a while now. I used to see features on home websites, magazines, and pinterest about organization and pass them over, thinking in my head "boooorrring." But now, I have been reading blogs like I heart organizing and dreaming of home without clutter. What would my mother say? I was the kid that never cleaned my room growing up (imagine messy beyond belief - can't see the floor kind of thing) with adamant stubbornness. I'm definitely neater and more house-hygiene-conscious than I was as a kid, but since spring started, I've been trying to turn over a new cleaning/organization leaf.

Recently, I had this epiphany - Why do my boxes of tea bags need to be all over the place? I mean, I literally have tea bags in three different spots in my kitchen because I have no organization system for them. Most are shoved in the bottom of a cabinet piled on top of each other. Three others are on my counter. Then, I have a white ceramic canister full of other miscellaneous teas. Who knows how many varieties of tea are actually in my kitchen, but I really would like them to be in one central location, neatly and efficiently arranged.

I am not alone in this. When I googled 'tea bag organization', I came across several forums where users shared my dilemma. One person had 40+ boxes piled on top of their counter. Some people used ziploc bags with the type of tea written on the front and placed it in a container. This would be great for teas that are just in canisters with no bags labeling what they are. However, I just don't imagine this method working for me. So onward I went to scour the internet...


This product had great reviews at The Container Store.

This tea bag organizer says it can fit up to 72 tea bags - however, one reviewer states she fit 92! At $12.99, this seems like a great solution, and at only 8.5 inches deep, it would easily fit in most cabinets/shelves in your kitchen.

In fact, there's a video from a professional organizer on how to make these containers fit up to 90 tea bags (I don't think you need the whole 4 minutes to explain that you just alternate the tea bags right side-up and upside-down to squeeze more in, but God love her - she loves talking organization).

You can also try this tea bag & sugar packet (below, left) organizer from OrganizeIt.com for $4.99.
Tea Bag and Sugar Packet OrganizerSmall Wire Basket

Or, if you have an even smaller space available and a not-so-big tea collection, you can use these small wire baskets (above, right) from the same website for $4.99.

You can also go for something more decorative than clear plastic/acrylic containers and opt for this bamboo box from OrganizeIt.com for $21.99. It doesn't specify how many tea bags you can fit in this box, but since there's 8 compartments I'm guessing you could fit at least 10 in each, giving you space for 80 tea bags. Maybe more! It's 7.25 inches deep so it would fit nicely on most open shelving or inside any cabinet.
Bamboo Storage Box with Dividers

I'll be sure to update again when I decide which route to go. I think I'm torn between the clear container from the container store and the bamboo box from OrganizeIt.com. So what do you think? What have you done to get your tea bags organized? What are your favorite organization blogs?

1 comment:

  1. Great post, I generally have quite dis-handbag organizer but I do also carry round a measuring instrument and a listing of measurements of varied nooks and crannies of my house just in case} I come across the right thing on my travels, glad I'm not the sole one!

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