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

published Oct 28, 2014
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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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