simple solutions thursday

In our little kitchen, any space that designates one type of item helps to eliminate a traffic jam if more than 1 person is in the kitchen.  It's a sad, but very true fact.  This 'jam' occurs quite frequently in the wee hours of the morning, before my husband and I have had any caffeine. IMG_4427

To create a bit of peace, and a little less panic, I decided to establish a coffee and tea station, a zone so to speak.  Giving an old tray new life, I placed the coffee maker, a madesmart lucite tray with endless assorted tea bags, a lovely glass jar with ground coffee, and a box of Tazo Chai for when we are feeling fancy.  My husband and I both drink our coffee black (gasp!), but could easily add a jar of sugar and some creamer to top off the look if needed.  Next to the coffee and tea station, conveniently placed shelves that house coffee cups for easily retrieval.

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What I love about this little area of our kitchen, besides that it's lovely on the eyes, is multifaceted.  A given is that it is easy to get necessary caffeine when we can barely open our eyes.  Another is I can now visually keep track of when we are running low on either coffee or tea.  No more opening the pantry to realize we might have a coffee-less day ahead (is there truly such a thing?!).

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And it's a simple as that folks, create a station in your home to effectively serve a purpose.  And the possibilities are endless!  Where do you use a 'station' in your home?  Tag me in your photos on Instagram, @organized_simplicity.  I would love to check them out!