Storage jars – whether repurposed or purchased with intention – make for a stylish, yet functional addition to your home, and are perfect for storing rice, nuts and other dried foods in the kitchen; cotton balls in the bathroom and a multitude of other tiny bits and bobs in need of a new home. Plus, reusing old jars in this way is a great way of reducing waste, and is, arguably more environmentally friendly than recycling.
So rather than let them gather dust underneath the sink, put them to good use as essential extra storage throughout your home. If you're looking for more storage ideas for a small house, take a look at our handy guide. Then, for room by room inspiration, you may find the following guides a handy read:
1. Use storage jars to master open shelving
If you are dealing with a lack of space in your kitchen, open shelving is perfect for both adding interest and creating a great storage solution for a small kitchen.
Try mixing up different sized glass jars and using them to store dry ingredients – arrange them amongst some house plants and some nice crockery and congrats, you’ve mastered the open shelving trend.
2. Keep your utility room organised
Even if, like the majority of us, you haven’t been blessed with a huge airy utility room, you can still make your laundry space efficient, functional and good looking. Using bins and jars to store your laundry room paraphernalia is a great way to keep them organised and accessible. You can even label your jars for your convenience.
For more laundry room storage ideas, browse our design guide.
3. Decant your bathroom essentials into storage jars
Sure, purely functional items like cotton buds and makeup wipes don’t look all that great when they are wrapped in plastic, but stick them into some pretty glass jars, and you've got yourself a chic display.
Not only do glass jars look lovely but they free up valuable cupboard space, making them the perfect small bathroom storage solution. Find more bathroom storage ideas in our guide.
4. Grow a herb garden in a jar
You don’t need tons of space to create an indoor garden with herbs – just an empty shelf or a neglected window ledge. Most herbs are happy in a small container, so a storage jar works perfectly, plus, they look beautiful and make your kitchen smell mouth-wateringly amazing.
For more Mason jar DIY ideas, browse our handy guide and for herb garden advice we can help too.
5. Create your own terrarium in a jar
If you want to bring even more of the outdoors in, storage jars make a great home for small succulents. Try using a wide necked jar, fill it half way with soil and add your plants to create a mini terrarium.
For more house plant help browse our advice piece.
6. Makeshift some outdoor lighting
Light up your garden by using glass storage jars as candle holders – just drop in some votive candles or fill your jars with a couple of inches of water and float tea lights in them.
Try to use different styles of glass and mix large designs with smaller jars, and combine various textures – here seagrass candle holders look great paired with simple glass.
Our guide to the best garden lighting: from fairy lights to wall lanterns provides plenty more stylish solutions that are suitable for spaces outside.
6. Declutter you desk with upcycled jars
If your home office is more of a makeshift nook than a full blown office, then adding extra storage without making the space feel cluttered can be tricky. Enter storage jars. Great for collating all your office bits and bobs in a way that looks great and doesn’t take up a lot of room.
We love how blogger It All Started With Paint has organised her desk using Mason jars. Don't miss our DIY Mason jar ideas for more customisation inspiration. For more home office storage ideas, browse our design guide.
7. Organise your garage work space
Looking for garage storage ideas? Why not use storage jars to separate all your DIY paraphernalia? You could simply label the jars and stack them on a shelf, or go even further and wall mount a Magnetic Knife Holder, like this model from B&Q, to attach them to.
For more garage storage ideas for every budget, browse our practical guide.
8. Keep your makeup essentials accessible
Why spend your hard earned money on beautifully package makeup just to hide it away in drawers? Get them out and on show. Kilner jars are ideal for makeup storage – use small ones to keep your favourite lipsticks accessible and narrow ones to keep your brushes organised.
Find more nifty makeup storage ideas in our handy guide.
9. Get your shed sorted
There are few things more pleasing than good shed storage. But if you are finding it hard to face the black hole that has formed at the end of your garden, then start small – sort all the little bits and bobs that have been accumulating in corners and on shelves into storage jars.
Browse more garden shed storage ideas in our handy guide.
10. Store your pet food stylishly in jars
Finding a pet food storage container that isn’t an eyesore can be a mission. If you don’t have room to keep your pet food hidden away, or if you want to have it readily accessible, storage jars are a great option.
We think these containers from Garden Trading are just too cute to hide away anyway and the neutral colour won’t offend anyone's design sensibilities. Find all our other pet products, hacks and advice on our dedicated page.
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