I love using jars for beautiful but practical storage systems in our home. I use them for everything…from keeping odds and ends from room to room organized, to storing clothespins together, to housing a rainbow of crayons in our craft basket, to arranging and displaying the contents in our medicine cabinet just *so*. Your basic, clear jar is a simple but charming way to store the smaller items in your home. One of my favorite methods of glass jar storage is how we use them in our kitchen pantry. They just happen to be the perfect thing for storing your dry goods.
When we moved into this old house one of the first things I started taking note of was its lack of closet space. We have one closet for linens upstairs and that’s pretty much it, other than a couple in the bedrooms. Don’t get me wrong, homes from the 1920’s are dreamy! But they do have some downsides like everything else. Like our last home that was 800 square feet with no storage whatsoever, we have had to be rather creative when to comes to where to put things. We rely on all sorts of containers, make-shift closets like a cupboard or cabinet, and our basement for bigger items. Honestly, Andrew and I really don’t care for storing things down there unless of course we have to and it’s something like Christmas decor or special newborn pieces I’m keeping hold of just in case. 😉
I decided when unpacking our kitchen boxes to utilize our original Shaker style cabinets for dry pantry goods, like rice and beans and dry ingredients for baking, right alongside our everyday items like plates, bowls, and cups. I did the same at our old place on the open shelving we installed because there was literally little to no storage in our tiny shotgun kitchen. I know some of you out there are familiar with this style. In our current home, the beautiful but transparent glass doors on our cabinets mean you can’t really shove things in there willy nilly and get away with it. Or I suppose you could, but the organizer in me isn’t going to have that. I even organize the inside of my cupboards that aren’t see-though, because I really enjoy the process of organizing and it makes it easier do find this or that.
I think pretty organization is key if it’s going to be visible. My mom had passed down a few of these jars from her vintage collection years ago but I found the rest at Walmart for a really good price. They’re not vintage but they are pretty much identical to the select old ones I have. I love that they come in three sizes, giving me more storage for sugar and flour. You can find them here. And then there’s the whole knowing what’s inside said glass jars, because you think you’ll be able to remember that this particular shade of white is indeed arrow root powder, but you won’t. Trust me. No one wants to be in a frenzy sticking their noses (or fingers) in various containers to see if this or that is flour or sugar or soda or wheat when in the middle of a recipe. You gotta label them! Again, to no surprise, I use my DYMO embossing label maker for this. I am warning you, once you get one of these labelers you will get a little slap happy and start going nuts for fun. I think it’s a thing the Monica Geller’s of the world can only fully appreciate. With that, have fun making your kitchen pantry all purdy guys!