Tea Tins for the Win

Reusing tea tins | Fraudulent Farmgirl

They say you can learn a lot about a person from her bookshelves. I’d argue you can learn almost as much from her kitchen cabinets.

Looking at mine, for example, you’d quickly figure out that the most important foodstuff in my life is tea.

I rearranged my very limited cabinet space so that all my tea makings are now occupying prime space above the electric kettle. When you’re only 5′ 1″, shelves you can reach without a step stool take on outsized importance.

Tea station | Fraudulent Farmgirl

Note that this tea pot and these three cups are not the whole of my tea paraphernalia by a long shot. They’re just the ones in most frequent rotation. The crystal bowl holds extra tea cozies.

Strainers and tea spoons are in the drawer below the counter, just out of the frame.

Because I loathe tea flavors mixing, each kind of tea has a separate tin, regardless of whether the tea bags are individually wrapped to ostensibly stop that from happening. (I also hated it when my mother would mix the chocolate and non-chocolate Halloween candy we got trick or treating into one container. Chocolate-flavored bubble gum, BLERGH.)

Reusing tea tins | Fraudulent Farmgirl

I love the Twinings tea tins, which are an excellent size for storing both tea bags (you can fit about 20 in each tin) and loose tea. I put chalkboard labels on them and relabel as necessary.

So what we can learn from this set of cabinets?
Kitchen shelves with tea station | Fraudulent Farmgirl

  • Amy drinks a lot of tea.
  • Amy thinks that tea is way more important than cooking and serving actual meals.
  • Amy has a fondness for implements of organization, including labels, chalk markers, and wire racks.
  • Based on the amount of dust on those wine glasses, Amy just keeps them around for the occasional guest.
  • Amy has repurposed an old garden cultivator to hold hand towels. Amy is either very resourceful or very cheap.
Fraudulent Farmgirl
I teach garden and homesteading skills—the stuff your great-grandmother knew how to do. But if there's a faster, cheaper, or easier way to do it, I'll find it!By day, I design earth-friendly gardens for Spotts Garden Service. By night, I don my Wellies to become the Fraudulent Farmgirl. On my small urban homestead, I've ripped out the front lawn to plant vegetables and fruit trees, turned the garage into a chicken coop and grown enough strawberries to feed half the neighborhood.

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