What do you do at home when you get a few minutes to relax? One of my favourite things is to brew a cuppa and sit back with a book. Your home should provide you with easy ways to recharge without creating a hassle trying to do it. So it's time to simplify your routine by creating an organized coffee and tea station in your kitchen.
Whether you're a die-hard coffee addict or love your tea, most everyone likes a warm drink either daily or at least occasionally on lazy weekends or when company is over. I personally drink both, and also drink a cup of warm lemon water as the beginning to every morning. Either way, having all the necessary drink supplies and tools in one spot so you don't have to search or go back and forth to different cabinets makes life simpler. Making a task like this easier is a very small thing that can make a big difference in your day.
I urge you to pull out all of your coffee and tea or other drinks along with accessories into one spot on your kitchen counter. You may or may not have room to display them on the counter - as you can see from my own station I've put them into mason jars and corralled them on a pretty tray - but you can also keep them tucked away all together in one kitchen cupboard as well.
Steps to create a coffee & tea station:
1. Transfer all varieties of coffee and tea into permanent containers like mason jars, tins, baskets or other containers. Make them easy to see, cute to display, and label them so you can easily tell which one to grab.
2. Store all spoons, strainers, diffusers, stir sticks, etc. together. Keep them in a cup or tin or jar or hang them up on a hook so you don't have to search through the silverware drawer. If you use lemons, honey or cinnamon with your warm drinks, have them handy as well - perhaps in a pretty basket, a honey pot or a vintage tea cup on a windowsill nearby. And remember to keep filters in the station as well.
3. Stack or hang coffee and tea cups with or near the supply station. Consider keeping everything in one or two trays or baskets so it's grouped neatly together.
4. This may seem obvious but keep the station close to the coffee maker and/or teapot. It'll save you from criss-crossing the kitchen when you're brewing a pot.
I've found that using my precious brainpower on routine daily things like making coffee is a waste of energy that I could better use on something meaningful and purposeful later on in the day. Having an organized coffee and tea station allows my brain to get into the habit of grabbing the same things in the same place and therefore doesn't have to think and take up energy in the process. It simplifies that part of my day in a way that allows me to be still and present and gain a little peace and rejuvenation.
Take a peek at some of these organizing ideas to inspire your own coffee and tea station (click photos for sources). They range from simple canisters to whole pieces of furniture. Pick something that speaks to you, and get this one thing done this weekend. You'll be thankful come Monday morning!