Plastic Storage Jars: A Closer Look

These clear plastic storage jars are all around us and we pay for them when we purchase what is inside.
Recycle them by reusing them appropriately.
The labels usually come off easily with paint thinner and their mouths are of standard size with colored lids which can be interchanged easily to suit. The jars offer transparency to the contents and keep us organized.


These are large wide mouth jars and good to hold bulk such as rice, sugar, flower etc.  Find them at Costco with sometimes Biscotti and other items sold in them.  The lids are brown or black.

De Cecco is king!

The tall plastic jars are good for long items such as spaghetti and fettuccine.  Find them at Target with popcorn in them.  The lids are aluminum.


Shown in the coffee jar is a flexible cutting mat which becomes very handy in delivering the goods with great speed and minimal spill.
From the jar pour straight into the coffee maker.  No spoons, no measuring cup.
How fast was that?
Add the time and the hand movements that it takes every time the coffee can from the store is opened, dealing with the spoon…spoonful at the time and then resealing the can.


Both found at Costco, the hexagonal jars usually have jelly beans with red lids, the oval ones usually have mighty fine chocolates and black lids. forgot the rice They both hold about the same volume.

Found in supermarkets usually in two sizes these Parmesan cheese jars are handy to store goods and food.  Their lids flip open for pouring.

This container provides a great fast tool for delivering Miracle Grow with no mess.2 sizesmiracle grow

These small plastic jars are in the spices section of supermarkets which,
spices apart, have an interesting assortment of other small jars.
They are very handy for arts and crafts and for small items.
The lids come in different colors.  The plastic is thick and strong.small

These square plastic food jars come in a couple of different heights, have built in handles and are found anywhere.  Some have lids that flip open to pour.square
This kind of jar is really found anywhere containing goods.

toughThe jar with the silver plastic lid comes from Target and found in the food section.  As with the old classic peanut butter jars, these are of tough plastic and very handy in the garage to hold screws, nails, nuts and so on.

Also very handy to store things away that are really not needed for a while.  A descriptive note “Hardware for old bed” for example should be placed visibly in the jar.  Basically the jar becomes a clear box.
Stacking is somewhat possible.

just tapes

When the compact discs are all gone we are left with a container.  One of the best uses for this container is to impale all the kinds of tapes we have in the garage.  There is only one place the tape or ribbon we are looking for might be.  Of course at times the roll of tape or ribbon might be too wide to fit.

With the center rod removed they can store other kinds of items.

The CD containers also stack and interlock.stackingThe jars above have proven to be good everyday gifts to friends, donations to elementary schools or local industries such as Goodwill.  No jar is ever tossed!

2 thoughts on “Plastic Storage Jars: A Closer Look”

  1. I love the jar idea. How smart to use something you already have. You are helping save the landfill’s of unwanted plastic. Saves space and keeps everything organized.

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