Tea Storage Ideas
May 31, 2016
Tea Storage Boxes Keep Tea Fresh and Accessible
Sipping tea is a simple and heavenly indulgence, whether done quietly on the veranda by oneself in the early warm hours of summer, or communally, while enjoying friends and catching up on each other’s lives. The subtle savor of tea is matched by no other beverage and, as indulgences go, tea is a compact and affordable one that’s less likely to induce guilt than, say, wine spectatorship. I like to have a range of teas from simple, savory rice teas to rich, complex, healing herbal mixes and, as my collection and tastes have grown, so have my storage needs, both at home and at work. Here are some tea storage ideas to organize and dispense your favorite teas.
Two attractive bamboo boxes make great storage for tea bags. Both have hinged lids and dividers. I first purchased the solid-top tea storage box, as my boxes of loose tea were cluttering my cabinet and hard to get at. Eight compartments store plenty of teabags upright or flat for easy accessibility. Attractive box joints add visual interest to the container, which I keep on a shelf for easy access.
A similar box is available with a clear lid for viewing the contents. While repurposing is generally something we do with old or used things, I found this brand new item to be better suited for small essential oil bottles than the commercially available products, as well as more attractive and affordable. This tea box fit the bill for my 10 milliliter bottles. I group by oil type and will be adding small round stickers for easier identification.
At work, my tea storage needs are smaller so this inexpensive little wire basket is great, as I usually just bring a few packets of tea to work. There’s also room for sweetener packets and it takes up little room on a desk or counter. It’s also a great little gift for the occasional tea drinker and makes an attractive addition to your decor, with it’s whimsical scrolled design.
Whatever your tea storage needs, you’re likely to find something on our site, along with infusers, tea cups and other supplies.
Dresser Drawer Decluttering
May 27, 2016
8 Tips for Decluttering Dresser Drawers
Mornings can be stressful at times, even more so, if you have to rummage through your dressers to find the right combination of clothes. These dresser drawer decluttering tips will maximize space in your drawers and get you dressed faster and more efficiently in the mornings, leaving time for some leisurely waking-up activities, such as Facebook and a cuppa.
- Sort through your drawers for things you haven’t worn in a year or more, and seriously consider letting things go. Donate, toss, and give unused items to friends or relatives. It’s liberating and will make more space.
- Don’t be a panty hoarder! You’ll never wear all those panties – especially if you can’t find them in your overstuffed drawer. 100 pairs of panties, and 70 pairs of socks are too many to manage. You feel the Zen urge to simplify, so trust your higher self, take a deep breath and just do it. Limit your sock herd to say 10-15 pairs and your undies to 20, and make yourself a promise to throw out your garments as soon as they show signs of wear.
- Ensure your socks’ coupled status by investing in sock clips for washing. You won’t regret it and you can throw out that bag of lost socks once and for all. And you know what they say, when you release something, it makes room for new things, or, in this instance, just space in your sock drawers. It can be sad to let go, for sure, but you can do it and will be glad you did.
- Invest in some adjustable dresser drawer dividers to further organize your drawers. This is especially useful for sock and lingerie drawers. Honeycomb organizers have individual storage cells to hold underwear or pairs of socks, making them easy to find.
- Set an organizing methodology and obey your own rules. Examples: drawer A is for pants, drawer B for sweaters, and so forth. A consistent method for either folding or rolling your lingerie and socks keeps things uniform and maximizes drawer space.
- Organize by garment type or even by color for instant visual identification, which makes getting dressed easier.
- When you do laundry, immediately fold and put away clothes so they don’t get scattered around the house. And, again, obey your own dresser rules.
- Rotate your clothes for seasonal storage by storing out-of-season items in under-bed storage boxes or hanging garment bags, which you can hang in the basement or a vacant space in a closet. This way, you’ll always have the clothes you wear at your disposal. Remember that keeping drawers organized means keeping them spacious.
Follow these tips and you’ll be a dresser drawer decluttering expert in no time, while reducing your morning stress to start off each day on a happier note.
Tiny Kitchen Storage Ideas
May 26, 2016
Tiny Kitchen Storage Solutions to Maximize Your Small Workspace
A cook needs to cook like a painter needs to paint. Cooking is an artistic urge that needs expression. When a creative cook inherits a tiny kitchen, this can seem like the end of the world. Small counters, lack of cabinet and storage space, and combined kitchen-dining areas can be soul crushing to the creative chef, for whom cooking is a passion – not just a means for sustenance.
Even for the average person, a tiny kitchen can be a serious hindrance to preparing meals. If you are among the disadvantaged, please don’t despair, as we’ve got some great storage ideas to maximize your kitchen space and transform your small kitchen into the workroom of your dreams.
Collapsible Kitchen Accessories and Containers
Collapsible kitchen accessories and containers, usually made of silicone or other rubbers, fold flat for easy storage and expand into full-sized, utility items when you need to use them. Collapsible strainers are fantastic kitchen additions, as colanders are known space hogs in your cupboard. This one has slide-out handles for easy handling.
Oval Food Canisters
Oval food canisters take up less lateral space on your counter or in your cupboard, maximizing storage space while keeping dried goods fresh. They have removable silicone gaskets and latched lids for airtight storage. Clear glass makes it easy to view your contents, plus these make colorful counter displays if you lack cupboard space. Add labels for flours and dried goods that you’re likely to confuse (like all those green powdered smoothie additives).
Kitchen carts add extra working space to a small kitchen, while providing additional storage space for utensils, pots and pans. The right butcher block table can eliminate the need for other cutting boards as well. This Catskill butcher block has a backsplash to contain food, a fold-down extension, and durable wheels for mobility. As a bonus, it’s made in the USA.
Over-Door Storage Bins
Over-door storage bins make great use of unused space behind cabinet doors. Simple, lightweight wire and heavier steel ones are available for storing a range of products. This tall over-door organizer fits on standard cabinet doors and accommodates tall items such as plastic wrap.
Over-Door Trash Bins
Over-door trash bins keep trash out of view and yet, accessible when you’re performing kitchen tasks. The over-cabinet door grocery bag holder re-uses ordinary plastic grocery bags for convenient trash disposal – a great way to recycle. Maximizing all the space behind cupboard doors gives you TONS of space you didn’t know you had.
Blendtec and All-In-One Blenders
Using a single appliance for all of your food processing chores can eliminate the need for owning a bunch of different kitchen electrics. The Blendtec can process soups, blend smoothies, puree baby food, whip up ice cream, mix batter and perform a lot of the tasks of many other kitchen appliances. Reducing the number of gadgets you require for food prep will make your small kitchen seem instantly bigger. And, if you have counter space, the Blendtec can sit in the open where you can use it frequently – plus it looks cool in your kitchen.
Ceiling and Wall-Mounted Pot Racks
Stove drawers are never large enough to store all the pans and lids required for the average household cooking needs. And if you’re pressed for cupboard space, pot racks can be a lifesaver. This wall-mounted pot rack has a built-in bookshelf for keeping your cookbooks accessible and includes hooks for pots, pans and even utensils. The ceiling-mounted varieties are the antidote to kitchens with no available wall space.
There are lots of other ways to make your small kitchen more efficient, which we’ll explore in future blog posts. These ideas and products should get you started transforming your space into an organized space you’ll love, however. Of course, you’ll enjoy browsing our Kitchen category for every kind of kitchen organizer, gadget and accessory you need to make your tiny kitchen into the food prep space of your dreams.
by Laurie H.