Organize Your Kitchen with Repurposed Jars

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Organize Your Kitchen with Repurposed Jars



Organize Your Kitchen with Repurposed Jars

Using jars that would normally go to the recycling bin as an organization tool, can save you both time and money. Plan ahead and keep washed jars and plastic containers on hand for organizing your home or those amazing Pinterest projects you plan to complete someday.

My Favorite Ways to Organize With Repurposed Jars:

  • Paper Cupcake Liners – No more crumbled muffin tin liners.  Small mayo or pickle jars are the perfect size for storing 100 plus paper liners.
  • Bulk Spices –  Stocking up on frequently used spices in bulk then storing them in repurposed glass jars at home is a good way to save money.  You will need to choose jars that will fit a measuring spoon inside. Using jars can provide a more accurate measurement for recipes. Your spices should stay fresher and last longer when scooped from a jar instead of sprinkled over a steamy pot or pan.
  • Miscellaneous Foods –  Did you know that the Parmesan cheese shaker lids fit perfectly on small mouth mason jars? Genius! Oatmeal, French Fried Onions, Quinoa, and Rice are just a few of the pantry foods that are sold in plastic bags. Most times those darn bags don’t stay shut or are awkward to handle. Store those foods in shaker lid jars for easy dispensing. Or use a regular jar if you need to scoop.
  • Office supplies – Organize all those pesky office supplies in a variety of jar sizes.  Paper clips, binder clips, crayons and pens can all find new homes in repurposed jars and containers.
  • Loose change – You can always find a quart size jar on my kitchen counter full of change. It’s perfect if I need car wash money, a stamp or a gallon of milk from the corner store.  When my kids were small we filled the jar and at the end of summer cashed in the coins for a trip to the local amusement park. It was a great family tradition.
  • Paperwork – Receipts, address labels, and business cards can be stashed in a small repurposed jar until they can be filed away properly. Finding ways to keep things neat and organized is easy when you use repurposed jars or containers.


Using repurposed jars to organize your kitchen is just the tip of the iceberg. If you really want to start saving time and money try these 16 easy ways to have an organized pantry.

You can also find more information about keeping that laundry room organized too. 

What are your favorite kitchen organizing tips?

Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!

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    Julie @ Logger's Wife
    March 29, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    I use an old parmesan cheese jar for flour. It’s perfect for sprinkling flour out to roll out pie crust or biscuits. I’ve never thought to put the lid of it onto a mason jar instead. Thanks for the idea! (visiting from Tips and Tricks Tuesday)

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    March 29, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    This is such a good idea! I have a plethora of mason jars and never thought to use them in these ways.

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    March 29, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Excellent tip with the leftover cupcake liners – mine are always all over the place! Thanks for sharing our tips, found you at the Creative Muster party 😉

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    March 31, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Thanks for sharing this post at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. We’re in the midst of spring cleaning, so your organizing tips are a great inspiration! Hope to catch up with you next week at the linky party. Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage

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    March 31, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Awesome! I keep seeds and nuts in mason jars or anything else I buy in bulk such as oats. It’s not organizing, but I use them for drinking glasses as well.

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    Heather @ Viral Upcycle
    April 1, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Michele, great post! I love using cheese containers, especially for baking soda!

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    April 1, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    I love using re-purposed Jars – thank you for posting to Pin worthy Wednesday Jenny

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    April 1, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    I constantly re-use stuff like this in the kitchen, but I never knew the parm shaker top would fit on a jar like that!

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    Renee Franklin
    April 1, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    More awesome ideas for repurposing jars we already have at home. I use several of these already, but I didn’t think of putting the muffin liners in one. That is a great idea!

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    Life Loving
    April 3, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    This is such a good idea. I have so many different cake cakes floating around my cupboards, I’m sure I’ve just finished a jar big enough to house them all. Thanks for the tips.

    Sally @ Life Loving

    P.s. Are you able to add a link or my badge so that others can find my linkie too.

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    Lady Lilith
    April 4, 2016 at 11:21 am

    The are such great tips. I love these organizational tips.

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    Melanie@Toots + Dill
    April 4, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    That’s such a great idea for cupcake inserts!!! I have them everywhere!! =P

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    April 4, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Fantastic ideas. When I go to recycle a jar or container, I’m always thinking… I’m sure I could use this in some way. But I never seem to think of it on the spot. Thanks for sharing at FTAF! Pinned!

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    April 7, 2016 at 11:34 am

    I am always stashing empty jars under our kitchen sink cabinet – you never know when you’re going to need one! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday!

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    April 7, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    I save containers of all sizes. I live in a remote cabin so I have to be prepared for an occasional sneaky mouse and ants who might come to visit. I also use my larger pots with lids to store larger items.

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