HI love a nice cup of tea to help me unwind in the evenings. But, I’ll be honest…my tea bag collection was in quite a disarray up until recently! After a particular incident occurred that involved boxes of tea tumbling out of my cabinet, I decided to invest some time and energy into organizing tea.
This is part of a wider project where I’m working on slowly getting our home more efficiently organized, and things are coming along nicely.
One of the smaller projects involved organizing the tea shelf in my cupboard. I love drinking herbal tea but I do not like how the tea boxes clutter up my cupboard.
There were a few issues with my old method of tea storage. The tea boxes took up a lot of room in my cupboard. I couldn’t offer visiting friends and family a selection of tea without the whole load tumbling down. And it was hard to tell how much tea was left. I’ve reached into a box only to discover it’s empty, more times than I can count. Naturally, I blame that on Nate. 🙂
Searching for the Perfect Tea Organizer
First, I searched online for tea organizers. I tried Amazon. Then, I looked at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I couldn’t find one tea organizer that would do what I needed, fit my cupboard space, and fit my budget. Honestly, I thought it would be easy but it was surprisingly challenging!
What I needed was a simple frugal solution for organizing my tea.
So I looked at what I had on hand and came up with this easy idea. The cost? Less than $1.00. Now that’s what I call frugal!
DIY Tea Organizer
Granted, this DIY solution isn’t as fancy as some of the wooden engraved boxes you can pick up in those fancy tea shop. But, it works! And, I put this together using items I already had at home—I’m betting you have them too!
Tea Organizing Supplies:
How to Organize Tea Step by Step
First, choose your storage bins.
You can use whatever you have on hand, but you’ll want to make sure your boxes actually fit inside the bins (see images below for a good visual).
I have both individually wrapped tea bags and tea bags that aren’t wrapped. Here’s how to organize both!
How to Organize Individually Wrapped Tea Bags
The individually wrapped tea bags were the easiest to organize. I cut the lids off a couple of tea boxes and sorted the tea using the tea boxes themselves.
As I was organizing, I came across multiple open boxes of the same exact tea. I tried to condense them all into one box, but I had a few kinds that were still overflowing.
Extra tea went into a large zippered bag that I keep in my storage pantry. When I need to restock my tea shelf, it’s easy to find exactly what I want.
Storage for Tea Bags that are Unwrapped
It’s one thing to organize individually wrapped and labeled tea bags. But how would I organize tea like Celestial Seasonings that aren’t wrapped?
One full box of Celestial Seasonings tea fits nicely into a zipper sandwich bag. By cutting off the labeled side of the tea box and putting it in the bag, the tea was now labeled and sorted nicely. Problem solved!
This method of organizing only takes a few seconds to do. Plus I only need to cut up the tea box when I buy a new variety, as I can reuse the bag and box label again and again.
I was able to condense all my Celestial Seasonings tea boxes down to one small plastic bin. It’s a huge improvement!
I love how organized my tea shelf is now.
Not only can I find everything in a glance, easily hand one or both containers to guests as they choose which tea, and see exactly when I’m running low and need to buy more, but now I have more space in my cupboard!
What’s your favorite way to organize tea bags?
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Just pin it below to find the instructions later!