One Small Way to Keep Your Tea Hoard From Taking Over the Pantry

One Small Way to Keep Your Tea Hoard From Taking Over the Pantry

Sarah Rae Smith
Oct 28, 2014
(Image credit: Sarah Rae Smith)

Fall is in the air and we've ditched our iced beverages for warmer things. I'm an herbal tea drinker, and I love collecting the perfect flavors for cozy tea times — until moving just one box causes a tea avalanche. A tea-valanche. You know what I'm talking about!

Here's the one small thing I do to keep my tea collection from taking over my cupboard.

When temperatures shift, I often feel like Michael Cera in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, when choosing from the sheer variety of teas in my cupboard is suddenly part of my daily routine. I love heating the kettle while I'm in the shower, brewing the flavor of the morning, and heading off to work with my little commuter mug. It somehow makes public transit a little more soothing.

That said, I hate — double plus hate — dealing with lightweight tea boxes that take up prime real estate in my pantry and constantly slither about and fall on the floor.

(Image credit: Sarah Rae Smith)

Ditch the Boxes But Keep the Tea Bags

Instead of fighting the boxes of bagged tea, pull out handfuls of individually-wrapped tea bags and keep them in an easily accessible drawer. I keep a selection of tea bags with my spices so they're there to grab and go as needed.

I store the bulky boxes with the remaining tea bags in the back of my lower cabinets where they're out of the way. Every few weeks I dig them out and restock!

This is obviously a solution for my overflowing collection of tea bags, but if you have similar issues with a loose leaf tea collection tell us how you keep it in check!

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