Day 1: Jars {31 Cheap & Easy DIY Organizers} | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Day 1: Jars {31 Cheap & Easy DIY Organizers}

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Day 1: Jars {31 Cheap & Easy DIY Organizers}

Think you have to spend a lot of money on costly organizing tools to get your house in order?  Nope!  Getting organized doesn't have to be expensive!

Throughout this series I'm sharing ideas to help you organize your home by either

  • making simple organizers with things that don't cost very much OR
  • using items you already have in a different way.
If cost has been holding you back from getting organized, now you've got no more excuses!

To kick things off today, I'm going to talk about one of my favourite organizers... JARS!

I use jars all over my house!  Here they are in my kitchen holding baking ingredients...

In my basement storing leftover paint....

We even make gifts in a jar for Christmas gifts or end of the year teacher gifts...

I got most of my jars on Freecycle, except for the jars for gifts (we usually buy a case of mason jars every few years for those). 

You can use empty food jars too instead of recycling them.  Just wash out your spaghetti sauce jars, pickle jars, jam jars, etc. and give them a whole new life helping you organize your home!

Here are some other ways you can use jars to get cheaply and easily organized.

  • Keep your hardware organized in jars
Mission to Save

  •  Decorate a variety of jars and then use them to organize small craft supplies

Vintage, Paint and More

  •  You can keep your kitchen counters clutter free by using a jar to hold dirty silverware while your dishwasher is running {or full of clean dishes waiting to be emptied - not that I'd know anything about that LOL!}

This Simple Home

  • Here's a tutorial to make mason jar wall sconces, also showing how you can use jars for art supplies

Grinning Like an Idiot


Well, I got a little carried away in today's post, but don't these ideas make you want to grab a bunch of jars out of your recycling bin and use them to organize?  They are the greatest cheap and easy DIY organizer I know!

For more cheap and easy DIY Organizer ideas with jars, here are a few other posts I've written.

You can find lots of other cheap and easy DIY organizers on my DIY Organizers board on Pinterest.  Make sure you're following me on Pinterest so you don't miss any DIY organizer ideas!

Do you use jars to organize?  What is your favourite use for jars?  What is your favourite cheap and easy DIY organizer?

Happy {Cheap & Easy DIY} organizing!

Here are all the posts in the series.

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  1. You have put together some really great ideas. Thank you for using my jar organization in your round up Hilda. Cathy

    1. Thanks Cathy! And thanks for being willing to share your jar idea :)

  2. Your series is about the only one I'm following! LOL!
    This is awesome!
    You know I love me some containing in jars!
    I am excited to see what you'll be sharing each day!
    Love, me

    1. You use jars in beautiful and practical ways Leslie! Thanks for following this series :)

  3. Wow! What a great way to store paint. I've just used old cottage cheese containers until now. And the silverware idea? Brilliant!

    1. Cottage cheese containers work too Kristen! But the jars let you see what's inside :) I love the silverware idea too!

  4. I love ideas of dressing up every day items we get for free. Cheers to you. We can make our cupboards, and pantries looking beautiful without spending a ton of cash!

    1. I love saving money while still having nice-looking organizing items Meranda! It's the best of all 3 worlds combined :)

  5. Jars are one of my favorite organizing containers! I use leftover spice jars for thumbtacks, paper clips & rubber bands in the office and also for bobbie pins and the smaller hair elastics (like the little clear ones). But that's just the tip of the iceberg :)

    1. They are so practical aren't they Lisa?! I love the idea of using spice jars for small things. Thanks for sharing that.

  6. Also one of my favorite organizing tools!! I even picked up a flatten mason jar as a spoon rest at a local craft show.

    1. What a great idea for a spoon rest Olive! Very creative use of a mason jar.


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