Pantry Organization – Too Much Tea

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Pantry organization has been on my list of things to do for a while now. We don’t really have a pantry. What we have is a back area of the hallway that is blocked off with shelves that I store food in. It tends to be dark and fairly cluttered since there isn’t a lot of room back there.  I would love to have a pantry someday but there really isn’t room in our 1865 farmhouse.   I have been trying to slowly organize my pantry to declutter it a bit. We always try to keep several months of food on hand in case of an emergency.  If the weather is bad or something else prevents us from getting to the store, I definitely don’t want to run out of food. I noticed that I have lots of different boxes of tea scattered all over the place. That makes it hard to know what I have and what I need to buy.

While coffee may get me going in the morning, tea is my go to hot beverage for relaxation. If I want to pamper myself, I choose yerba matte or chai. If I want to relax, chamomile is my choice. Not feeling well? I choose peppermint or licorice. I have a bunch of different teas that my daughter and I enjoy drinking but I also have tea that people who visit regularly enjoy. I want to make sure I have their favorites when they visit. I’ve discovered that I have tea bags in a glass canister, boxes of tea bags in our over the door pantry organizer, and loose tea bags in the coffee cupboard.

Pantry organization

Pantry Organization – Too Much Tea

The first thing that I needed to do was to get everything in one place. There’s no way I could figure out what flavors I had or how many teabags I had of each type without doing that first. Basically I have two different types of tea (well three if you count k-cups).  I have tea that is in a paper cover that is labeled and I have tea that is in an unlabeled bag. The labeled tea bags were easy to deal with because I knew what they were even if I took them out of the box. The plain teabags were more of a problem.  I like to know what kind of tea I’m making so I needed them labeled some way. The unlabeled tea bags are more fragile than those in a cover so I didn’t want to just toss them in a glass canister or they would get torn. I also wanted to make sure that there was no cross contamination of tea flavor. I don’t want my chamomile to taste like peppermint.

Pantry organization

Pantry organization

I decided to remove all of the teabags that were labeled from their boxes and store them in a glass canister.  I could see easily what they were and take what I needed.   The unlabeled tea bags I put into plastic baggies along with the front of the tea box cut out so I could tell what they were. I took all of the plastic baggies and stored them in a plastic tub in the cupboard. Now everything is in one place when I need it and I can see exactly what I have.

 

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Comments

  1. Tiffany C. says
    I love using glass in my pantry. Makes it look so elegant. I do that with cough drops. 
  2. Great solution! We definitely have too much tea with various sizes and I'd love to find containers for them. 
  3. this is awesome. and now i want to know what your fave chai tea is if you like chai. 
  4. Jamie @ Roubinek Reality says
    This is a great solution to your tea problem! I definitely need to tackle our pantry soon and find ways to get everything where it belongs. I love the look of the glass containers.
  5. I need to organize my pantry too. This is a great idea to organize tea. I have too many boxes too!
  6. My pantry use to be very organized and I knew exactly what was it in. Not the last few months! I totally need to spend some time surveying before the new baby comes.
  7. Melissa M. Miller says
    I don't really have a pantry either.  I have my tea bags in plastic bins in my cupboard, BUT I have enough counter space where I could put some of the teabags in glass jars that I've been trying to figure out what to do with! Thanks for the great tip! I'm not very creative.

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