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Coffee & Tea With Deflecto

10/03/2016 | Lynn Lilly
If you are like me, you have very little counter space, so any new appliance or gadget that gets prime real estate on your counter is an item that you use or need all of the time.  I have one of those pod coffee makers and love it. However, I have no room on my counter for any of the racks that are currently on the market.  The carousel type rack takes up too much of a footprint and the ones that you can set the coffee brewer on top of, don’t work for us because our cupboards are too low.  So when I first discovered Deflecto’s Stackable Caddy Organizer, not only did I want to purchase them for my crafting items, I had a new idea!  I now store all those coffee pods in a Stackable Caddy Organizer!  And because you get a large, medium, and small container in each caddy I expanded my idea and put my pods in the large container, tea bags in the medium container, and sugar packets in the small container.  The best part is the entire caddy and contents go in a cabinet and don’t take up any counter space.  When hubby and I are up and drinking our morning coffee or tea, we pull the caddy out, open all the lids, and set it on our stove.  When we are done, we close the lids and put it away no fuss, no muss.  I would have labeled all of my containers using vinyl and my Cricut, however, I sometimes use this same container to entertain my fellow crafting friends, and I sometimes swap out the items in the individual containers for something like chocolates and tea cookies.  Maybe I just need to buy another Stackable Caddy Organizer so that my inner crafter can cut some vinyl on my Cricut and label everything to include a crafting tea and coffee day!  This weekend I had some crafty friends over that featured my coffee/tea bar, and I took a few pics, so let’s look at my system.  It is officially fall now, so I have a bit of a Halloween theme going on. 
Below are all the containers open for easy access for my guests.  You can see the coffee pods on the left side in the large container, the tea bags in the medium container on the right side, and the smallest container holds sugar packets.  If you try and replicate this, your first question will be, how in the world were you able to make the lids stay open like that?!?  
Easy peasy and here is my secret; I add twist ties on each end to hold the lids up.
Here is what everything looks like when you remove all of the containers from the caddy.
 And here are the containers removed from the caddy with the lids opened.
My gal pals can pick what they like and go to the pod coffee maker and brew coffee, hot chocolate, hot water for tea, ice tea, etc…….  and come back to the table and add some sugar and cream if they like.  This works so well because usually they are all in different phases of brewing and making their beverages.  I sometimes put out all the same cups, however mostly I put out a variety of cup choices, so they are busy debating over who gets which cup.  It really is a lot of fun, and it assures my pod brewer does not have my gal pals waiting for their favorite beverages.  And isn’t this a fun idea for the upcoming holiday season?!?
Deflecto’s Stackable Caddy Organizer has solved a storage issue in my home besides being one of my favorite go to crafting organizers.  I love that I can open the containers with one hand, whether I am crafting or making my favorite coffee or tea.  I love that the units can all stack and lock together and, I love that all the containers are clear so I can see what is inside.  Clear storage has become important to me because if you can see it, you will use it!  Deflecto also sells a mounting bar, so all of those containers can be hung on the wall if you like, how fun is that?!?  Each container can be purchased separately, so if you are in love with a particular size you can buy as many as you like and let them stand alone or mount them on the wa
ll with the mounting bar.
I hope you enjoyed hanging out with me and my gal pals for our coffee and tea crafting party!   Please leave me a comment, and if you have any questions regarding this post, please ask!

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