How to Organize Your K-Cups and Coffee Pods {For Free}

Any coffee lovers out there?  We are big drinkers (of coffee) and have one of those Keurig coffee machines and use it every day, several times a day.  We love it!  But I did not love the boxes that the K-cups come in and the space that they waste.  So I had to come up with something to organize them all in and I didn’t want to buy one of the holders that Keurig makes and sells.  And this is what I came up with.

Coffee Organization

Like I said I didn’t want to spend money on the holders they sell in the stores because I think they are overpriced, and they don’t hold all of the K-cups that come in the box, especially if you have several kinds of coffee/tea like we do. So it wouldn’t really have solved my messy box problem anyway.  I needed something big that could hold several pods.  And I also needed it to be free because I didn’t want to go out to the store the other day so I had to be resourceful and use what I had around the house.

Here is how this part of our pantry looked before when we had just the K-Cup boxes.

Coffee Mess

It drove me nuts! So all I did was grab a basket I had in my closet…

Basket Storage

Cut off the cardboard flaps from a diaper box to use as my dividers…

Diaper Box

And just stuck them in the basket.

K Cups

I said I was resourceful didn’t I? :) 4 dividers should be enough for us, but if I need to add more in the future I easily can.  For ours I labeled them Medium Roast, Dark Roast, Decaf/Half-Calf and Teas.  You of course can have as many or as little as you’d like. :)  And if you don’t have diaper boxes handy, just use anything stiff–cardboard works good though and if you are feeling extra crafty you can even spray paint the cardboard for a more pretty factor.  :) For the labels I just used pinking shears and cut some cardstock I had, then used a chalk pen to write with.

I love how the new basket looks in our pantry though!

Organized Pantry

Organized Pantry

So much better and prettier than the messy boxes everywhere. Now, is this the project of the year? No, but it’s functional and it was free.  And it holds ALL of our coffee.

Coffee Organization

It works for us!

Oh and you can find more about our pantry here, and I even made a special trashcan a while back for coffee pods too (that was when we had the old Tassimo machine, but we still use it for our new Keurig machine and K-cups!)

How do you organize all of your coffee pods?  Have you bought one of those carousel things or drawers they make? If so take it back and use a basket and cardboard instead. (kidding) :)




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  1. I love this easy (and cute!) solution! My mom puts hers in a basket, too, next to her Keurig machine. I think it looks so homey and sweet! :-)

  2. this is such a great idea. I just got a Mini Keurig and the boxes are driving me crazy also. I will work on this today.

    ps, love the “pod trash thingy” also

  3. I *love* this idea! I bought a k-cup carousel several years ago and you’re right…it doesn’t hold all the k-cups. Your basket is a much better solution. Great job spending no money on something that functions well and looks so cute in your pantry!

  4. this is great! we love our K-cups too! I found a K-cup carousel at Goodwill for $1.99 and that’s how I organize them! Couldn’t have bought one cheaper w/ a coupon. Thanks for thrifting!

  5. OH! This is great!! I have to copy-cat this one!!

  6. I use on old fashion wooden coca~cola crate…it goes with my rustic style & holds 48 at a time.

  7. This is too cute! I haven’t been able to bring myself to buy a carousel either. I use a a decorative fruit basket that has two tiers and it holds about 50!

  8. I’m reading this thinking……look for a basket NOW!!!!! I’ve quickly let my K-cup stash get out of hand and need to do something with it! I love this!!

  9. Excellent storage for my morning fix. Free… even better. Thanks Emily!

  10. Beautifully done! Your whole pantry is so wonderfully organized. I’m inspired!

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  12. Love this idea! I used what I had on hand as well and that turned out to be leftover drawer dividers.

    Take a gander :)

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