We don’t have much built-in storage space in the kitchen for food. We have one cabinet in the kitchen for most of our food, but I have to stand on a chair to reach the back of it. I was really tired of not being able to see what we had in the back of that high cabinet.
We had blank wall space under the cabinets, so we made the most of it by adding a couple of open shelves. Since everything was on full display, I wanted it to be visually appealing as well.
We buy a lot of our food such as rice, beans, and flour from the bulk bins at the grocery store, and when I first looked for canisters, I couldn’t believe how expensive they can be! It makes no sense to me. They’re only glass jars, right?
Instead of buying canisters, I decided to go with canning jars in an assortment of pint, quart and half-gallon sizes.
Why I love them:
- Inexpensive (one or two dollars each, sometimes free)
- Glass doesn’t absorb food odors or stains
- No concerns about plastic
- Stackable (in the wide-mouth size)
- Easy to see if you’re about to run out of something
- Versatile to hold utensils and other odds and ends
- Smaller sizes store leftovers or snack portions
Putting the jars on display really warmed up the space, and they made the whole kitchen look better. The jars can be found at Ace Hardware and some grocery stores, and I stick with the same lid size so they’re interchangeable. Sometimes I label them with a piece of scotch tape and a permanent marker.
We put up two shelves ($5 from IKEA), one on each side of the stove. With anchors in the wall, they’re very sturdy to hold six quart or pint jars. It’s so much easier to just reach for something you need, and have it right there.