Anyone who uses Mason jars knows how amazing they are! They can be used and reused, painted and glitter-fied. And they won’t break your bank. While Mason jars have many decorative uses, here is a list of organizational uses for Mason jars.
Among other uses, Mason jars are great for meal planning and food storage! Since Mason jars can be stored in warm, room temperature, and cool areas, they are incredibly versatile. They can be used to store yogurt, dried fruit and nuts, noodles, beverage powders, seeds and grains, teas, and coffee!
Is your morning too busy to make breakfast? Try creating parfaits in jars the night before! Just add fruit and yogurt! No need to spend money on on-the-go friendly yogurt, when you can get a tub and create your own small yogurt!
Check out these parfait jar recipes!
Nuts and Dried Fruits
Just like yogurt, nuts and dried fruits can be easily stored in an airtight Mason jar for long last and easy to-go portioning!
Is anyone out there, beside me, always spilling noodles out of already opened boxes? Mason jars are an amazing fix for those who don’t use an entire box in one sitting! After I open a box of noodles, I dump what’s left into a jar and store it in my pantry. PERFECT!
Storing beverage powders is where my love for Mason jar food storage began. During undergraduate school, I was constantly packing my car up and moving. I had massive cans and tubs of beverage powders that slowly dwindled. My last year, I had forgotten to pack these tubs (which were now at least half used). There was no more room in my car!
However, I had some empty jars taking up space. I decided to consolidate using my jars and getting rid of the massive tubs. Voila!
I love storing my oatmeal in jars instead of the paper containers it comes in. plus, the jars fit better on my shelves!
Check out these overnight oatmeal recipes!
I use Mason jars to store both grounds and not ground chia and flax seeds, but the list of possibilities doesn’t end there! Get creative, store pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, quinoa, or whatever else it is that you like!
When I was in Cambodia, I purchased some loose-leaf tea. The tea came in a bag, so once it was opened, the tea needed a new place to live. A jar is a perfect place for loose leaf tea to be stored. Plus, the jars can stack and be labeled for ultimate organization!
Like the tea, coffee can come in bags which are messier once they’ve been opened. Dump your coffee beans or grinds into a jar for easy storage and access!
In addition to food storage, Mason jars work wonders in the kitchen! They can be used to store utensils, baking supplies, Coffee products, and more!
Utensils are probably the most popular use of jars in the kitchen. I see this all over Pinterest and use it in my own home.
Baking & Other Powders
Baking and other powders being stored in Mason jars work much like beverage powders. These can be stored in large and small jars, labeled, and stacked.
Cupcake liners come in bags, so, once they are opened it, it is only a matter of time before they make a mess. Putting them into Mason jars give ease of access and they remain stored in a stackable, organized manner.
Just like we stored the actual coffee above, we need an attractive counter-top storage method of the sugar and creamer. Mason jars are perfect! Not only are they attractive on their own, but they can be redecorated to fit your décor!
Bathroom and Toiletries
I absolutely love using Mason jars to store my bathroom products and toiletries, as well as makeup and other beauty products. The products can sit on the counter, covered or uncovered, and are visible!
There are so many small items in the beauty category that fit wonderfully into small or normal sized mason jars. You literally can’t go wrong in using jars for organizational purposes here.
Bobby Pins and Hair Clips
Brushes & Combs
In order to improve brush organization, I add small pebbles into the jar to keep the brushes sturdy. But that is, of course, an option.
Earrings and Earring Backs
I have such a massive collection of earrings, which I store on DIY cork boards. The backs, however, I keep in small jars. Check it out!
Bath products such as Epsom salt, scrubs, and other bath salt mixes store beautifully in jars!
Bath Salts and Epsom Salt
I hate keeping my salts in the bag or carton they come in. I stock up on salts and keep them in jars!
Just like my bath salts, I keep my scrubs stored in jars in my refrigerator or in a cool dry pantry. Then as needed, I refill the smaller container that is stored along with my beauty and bath products.
I’m already using mason jars everywhere else in my house, why stop in the office!? Jars are so so so useful in the office. If you have been reading my blog since the first few posts, you know how I use the jars for storage on my desk. Let’s take a look!
Paper Clips, Push Pins, and Magnets
While most office uses for mason jars are on top of the desk, I use jars to store various small items in my desk drawers. I store items like paper clips, push pins, and magnets in small mason jars!
Pens and Other Writing Utensils
Miscellaneous Desk-Top Items
Miscellaneous desktop items refer to items like rulers, scissors, and anything else you keep at your desk that doesn’t fit the other categories. Be creative.
Erasers, like the paper clips and push pins, get stored on my desk in a smaller jar. Though, they would do just fine on the desktop if you use them enough.
There are other amazing ways to use mason jars for organizing. Here are a few!
Using jars to collect spare change is not only great for organization but is an awesome way to save!
If you aren’t a crafter, you can still use this idea. Whenever you get a button with a new sweater or coat, drop the little baggy into the button jar and your collection will slowly grow!
Candles / Tealights
Like the cupcake liners, tea lights and small candles don’t store well in the containers they are purchased in (usually plastic bags). In order to decrease the mess, store these in a mason jar!