{No D-Day} Coffee Station

by Leighann on October 1, 2012

No D Day

My good friend George, AKA Ninjabetic, has once again prompted us to write about anything but (that medical condition which shall not be named) today.

So today I’m talking about morning coffee.

I was reading a blog that had weekly organizational challenges and the writer mentioned that she created a coffee station in their kitchen. A light bulb went off and I thought, “I want a coffee station!”

In the morning I really like having a cup of decaf. Newman’s Own Organic decaf, to be exact, with a little Sugar in the Raw and cream. Although we have a work triangle in the kitchen, it took several extra steps to get everything I needed to make my morning joe.

Coffee was in the pantry. Sugar in the lazy susan. Spoon in the silverware drawer. Mug in the cabinet with cups. Half and half in the refrigerator. And the coffee maker next to the stove.

Here’s the play-by-play:

Coffee Station

I could do much better than this!

Coffee Station

I have a cabinet that contains my cookbooks and spices. I don’t use my cookbooks everyday so I changed the spacing of the shelves to put the cookbooks higher, kept the spices on the bottom shelf, and created a coffee and tea shelf in the middle.

Coffee Station

Now everything is right within my reach, including filling the carafe with filtered water from the fridge and grabbing my half and half.

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You’ll notice almost all of my cookbooks are vegetarian. The one I’ve been using the most lately is How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman. I’ve also been using the iPad in the kitchen a lot, especially for trying out recipes I find on blogs. My go to cooking app is How to Cook Everything, which you can get either for iPad or iPod/iPhone. There is also a free version available and vegetarian versions. What I like about these apps is that you can make notes, which I use to jot down carb counts if I figure them out for a recipe.

Further Reading

More No D-Day Posts on D-Mom Blog

More No D-Day Posts from the DOC

There is More to Life Than Diabetes Posts

A Bowl Full of Lemons Home organization 101: The Kitchen

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 George October 1, 2012 at 10:48 am

What a GREAT IDEA!!! I am going to do this tonight!! I love it!

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2 Leighann October 2, 2012 at 7:02 am

I know it’s really simple, but it has made such a difference for me in the morning.

Thanks for creating No D-Day, George. I think we need to do this a few times a year. All the posts I’ve read have been great!

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3 Kelly Booth October 1, 2012 at 11:10 am

I think I need to rearrange my kitchen. I especially like how you have your cookbooks in the cabinets – never thought about doing that. Mine are upstairs and it is a pain when I decide to make something out of them.

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4 Leighann October 1, 2012 at 11:28 am

We had an open cabinet in our old house where I kept the cookbooks on display. I love having them easily accessible.

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5 Stacey D. October 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I actually just found this and got it in Bed Bath & Beyond over the weekend: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=17470116 and it’s great! It holds 36 K cups and the Keurig sits right on top of it to save room. You did a great job! Nice organization 🙂

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6 Leighann October 2, 2012 at 7:01 am

Ooh! I think I have a coupon for BBB. Do you like it? I put my K cups in the plastic container in the cabinet, but I like how that drawer looks.

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7 Denise aka Mom of Bean October 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm

anything to get to that morning coffee faster is a wonderful thing!!

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8 Leighann October 2, 2012 at 7:00 am

I know, right?! D-mama needs her coffee 🙂

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