Last month I told you how I moved my dishes to the open shelving unit in our kitchen. I absolutely love it. But, Mr. T and I are avid coffee and tea drinkers so that means we also have quite the collection of mugs (and coffee and tea). With all the dishes and serving pieces, I didn't really have room to also put the coffee mugs with the rest of the dishes. I could have added additional shelving, but I wasn't the one who put the shelves in the apartment, so trying to match them is simply impossible (though I did get a cool tip from a reader on my article about open shelving). And obviously buying something additional isn't an option given that we have no more space left in our somewhat small kitchen.
I'm pretty anal about organization. Things need to be in groups and they need to make sense. So, obviously not having all the dishes together made my anal stuff off whack.
So, after some thinking I realized I could actually put the coffee mugs near the coffee pot. It makes sense since they're pretty necessary for coffee. And then it looks intentional so my kitchen is still as organized as I want it to be.
We ended up hanging three shelves just above our large butcher's block which is where we decided to put our Keurig (it's closest to one of our only plugs). We really needed additional shelves in the kitchen and had some shelves left over from another project.
On the first shelf, I put all of our mugs along with sugar, creamer, and honey. I also put some silver spoons in an old creamer container that I don't really use anymore. I also put some powdered creamer in one of my canisters. That way it looks really fun, but it's also functional and serves a purpose.
On the shelf directly above it, I used two large storage bins for hot cocoa and tea. I also store extra k-cups in there as well.
Then, the shelf above that is for decorative purposes. We can't reach it easily, but decided to hang it so there wasn't too much weird white space. I plan on putting some of our wedding "leftovers" (vases, watering cans, etc.) there after the big day.
I really love having everything in one place. It's awesome in the morning when you're still waking up and don't want to move a lot. And it's great for guests too because then they don't have to ask where things are. I also love having the extra storage and options to put other things on the shelves as I add to our kitchen. Next month I will show you what I decided to do with all of our alcohol and beverageware.