When I moved into my house, I had a ton of counter space to work with, but I hated clutter so I rarely left things out on the counter. Opening a cabinet each time we wanted a cup of coffee became a real pain, not to mention the fact that the coffee cups were housed in a cabinet far away from the coffee maker and the stirring spoons were way over near the sink. It just wasn't flowing. I decided to move the coffee maker to the counter directly beneath the cup cabinet. That semi-simplified things, but it was not enough. So I borrowed my aunt's idea of a coffee cup tree, and bought this one from Bed, Bath, and Beyond:
This helped cut down the number of times we were opening and closing the cup cabinet. I also decided it made no sense to have our forks and spoons near the stove when all of our other dishes were now in one location, so I moved the utensil tray to a drawer directly beneath my new coffee station.
All that was left was to find a place to put our filters and ground coffee. I had been keeping them in a super cluttered spice cabinet and wanted them to be close to all of the other coffee supplies. I decided to take out the contents of another drawer beneath the coffee station and make it a coffee supply drawer.
This is what it looks like now:
The Keurig was a Christmas gift from my awesome sisters. I purchased the little keurig cup holder at walmart because the box that the cups came in was bulky and took up lots of space in my cabinet.
Here's a look at the coffee drawer:
and the silverware drawer:
Now I have access to all my coffee supplies in one location:
I was walking in circles before just trying to put together a cup of coffee, and now I have my very own coffee station. As I've been reading more and more blogs, I've discovered that I'm not the only crazy person with a coffee station, there are others just like me, woohoo!
I keep coffee beans and sugar close by in their own labeled containers. I like that they're chalk labels because I can always erase them and use the containers for something else.
So there you have it, an organized coffee command center.