Mason jars are all the rage. They’re everywhere you look and can be found in every house in American (I’m pretty sure, I haven’t actually checked EVERY house, but they HAVE been in every house I’ve ever organized. Really.) I use mason jars every day in a ton of different ways. They help me organize and minimize because they’re so useful. There are so many organizing and minimizing ideas with mason jars for in your home. In fact, organizing with mason jars is one of my go-to methods!
Ode to Mason Jars
Invented in 1858 by John Mason (really!), mason jars are traditionally used for canning and food preservation, but thanks to the recent “Farmhouse” interior décor trend, Mason Jars are having a moment and people are finding this jar to be quite versatile.
They’re also an environmentally friendly way to use and reuse a hundred times over. Plus, they’re healthier to have in your home than all that plastic!
As an ode to the beloved mason jars, I’ve created a blog post dedicated to all the different ways to use mason jars as organizational elements around your home. Since they come in many shapes and sizes, you will find a jar that meets your specific needs.
Organizing with Mason Jars
Kitchen Ideas with Mason Jars
Obviously, mason jars were made for the kitchen. Traditionally they’re used to preserve food for long periods of time, but if canning is not your jam (see what I did there??) you can use them in a ton of other ways, too.
- Meal prep (salads, smoothies, overnight oats)
- Spices/custom spice blends (like a bulk batch of homemade fajita seasoning)
- Straw holder (bonus points if they’re reusable or compostable!)
- Leftover coffee (does this even exist?)
- Cupcake liners
- Pet food
- Small amounts of cleaners
- Decant literally anything (nuts, popcorn kernels, trail mix, granola beans… you name it, you can pour it into a mason jar—which reduces visual clutter and is easier on your brain)
Bathroom Organization Ideas
Use mason jars in the bathroom for
- Cotton balls
- Cotton rounds
- Makeup brushes
- Individual flossers
- DIY mixes (body butter, dry shampoo, etc.)
- Drinking water after you brush your teeth
Household Organization Ideas using Mason Jars
You can also use mason jars for…
- Storing loose change (place a jar anywhere change tends to collect)
- Junk drawer type items (rubber bands, twist ties, loose screws)
- Hand soap (grab a pump off amazon)
- Touch up paint
Instead of storing dozens of gallons of crusty old paint jars, pour a cup of paint into a mason jar when you’re done your painting project. The smaller jar will keep the paint fresher, as will the air-tight lid.
To stay REALLY organized, write details such as the date, paint color, paint brand, and the room you painted on the top of the jar.
Mason Jars for Organizing Office & Craft Spaces
There are so many great ways to organize craft and office supplies using mason jars. A few of my favorites are
- Googly eyes (guaranteed to make you smile EVERY. TIME.)
- Popsicle sticks
- Sewing supplies
- Foam paint applicators
- Paint brushes
- Writing utensils
- Hot glue sticks
Game nights get pretty crazy around here. If you find small pieces around your house for weeks after an intense game night, stick a mason jar in an obscure spot and drop a piece in every time you find one.
Minimize with Mason Jars
Mason jars are also fantastic when you’re trying to minimize your possessions. They’re so multi-purpose that they can replace a lot of other items in your home such as vases, pencil cups, actual cups, flower pots, plastic bins, and tupperware.
Plus, you can fill them with goodies, tie them with a ribbon, and they make thoughtful gifts! I’ve seen baking kits, candles, plants, spice mixes, homemade trail mix, and more in mason jars.
Organizing & Minimizing with Mason Jars
Mason jars are key for organizing, simplifying, and minimizing in my home. If you don’t have any, ask neighbors or friends if they have any extras (they do) or save some of your sauce jars (Classico brand are particularly cute once you remove the label).
Grab a variety of sizes, you won’t be disappointed with all the ways you’ll use them at home!