mason jar craft storage

In the fantasy world in my head, I’m an organizational queen.  Everything in my home has a place and everything stays in – or is put back in – its place …


Oh, wouldn’t that be lovely …


* sigh *


But as I type this while sitting on the couch in my family room … a room that I have yet to show you for a reason … I can’t help but notice the pile of stuff in the corner.  Okay, more like piles as in plural in the corners.  Some of it is mine.  Some of it is my daughters.  Nothing of it is my son’s or my husband’s.


And that, right there, says a mouthful.


My options include: (a) ignoring it, which I’ve done for far too long; (b) embracing and organizing it, which I’m avoiding by the mere fact that I’m writing this post; or (c) setting the room on fire.


Which, admittedly, may seem a bit drastic.


Or maybe I can invoke an option “d” that says “postponing for 6-8 weeks because it may involve some forbidden heavy lifting as my tendon heals.”


I did kick off the New Year with a burst of organizational zeal, though.  Tackling the craft armoire that was busting at the seams.


I think my favorite part of that project was the mason jar craft storage …




So simple, yet effective.  And pretty.  Because a craft armoire should first and foremost be pretty, right?  All I did was spray paint the lids with chalkboard spray paint …

… and you can use the jarred or canned stuff with a brush if that’s easier to find …




Using a chalk pen that I found in the paint pen aisle in the craft store, I simply hand wrote out each jars’ contents. I mean, otherwise how would you be able to tell what contents are in what jar through the clear glass …?





And now I have no excuse if the glitter and the buttons get mixed up with the rubber bands.  Not that I’m imposing segregation in my craft armoire, but sometimes the glitter can get a bit too friendly with the other craft supplies.  A bit too clingy, if you know what I mean …



click here to see how I turned shiny new locker baskets vintage

If only I can find a mason jars large enough to those piles of stuff in the corners of my family room, everything would look so much prettier in here …


Oh well. No more excuses.  Looks like I need to invoke option “e.”  It’s the one that says “get your lazy butt up off the couch and JUST DO IT.”




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  1. Set a timer for 10 minutes. See how much you get picked up and put away. Think the whole time how much happier you will be when this mess is no longer here. That’s how I tackle those kinds of jobs. Shockingly, it usually works, and I end up wondering why I waited so long to do it. Like yesterday, when I finally cleaned off 3months worth of debris and then vacuumed away all the grey corners of my white burber

  2. our next wine and design is chalkboard it! i am going to do this- pinned it! love it!

  3. Love all your creative organizational ideas…Definitely using this for gift ideas!! Have a great day Linda!

  4. My glitter is related to your glitter.

  5. Linda,

    You go girl! Those are so cute! Totally pinning. :)

    Have an awesome day rock star!

  6. Merri Jo says:

    In the reading of this post, a perfectly good triple shot latte was sprayed upon my lovely ipad screen–I never saw choice ‘c’ comin’! :-). I ALWAYS enjoy your posts, often chuckle, but today your blog officially entered the ‘do-not-drink-&-read’ category. You basketful of paint-enhanced jars is so cute & practical–love,it!

  7. Love this! Pinning!

  8. What a cute, cute idea. I really need to do SOMETHING with my STUFF!!! xo Diana

  9. Sigh. It does end up coming around to option e doesn’t it. The end result is worth it but oh the getting there! Lvoe the mason jar organization :) Mason jars just make anything cuter.

  10. This is so cute! I struggle with organization. I have a system, and it works, as long as I put things back where they belong, and are labeled to go. I just struggle with putting things back where they belong and are labeled to go. The rest of my house is so clean, why, why, WHY?? can’t I just get with the program! It is like I am the kid and the mom. I want to be in control and leave the mess out. I think I need to have my husband tell me to put it away. He doesn’t care.

  11. Sometimes I tell my students to “Pretend they’re Mr.. nike and JUST DO IT!” But that belief does not extend to me. Come teach me how to organize.

  12. This is a cute idea. I’m pinning/repinning it for inspiration… I’ve got to clean up my craft supplies… Little Bit from

  13. :) I didn’t know chalk pens existed! Super cute way to stay organized and keep that friendly glitter in its own place!

  14. That’s why I call it MAGIC!!!! You are so organized…WOW color me impressed!!!! You are sooooo right…if only EVERYTHING could fit in a mason jar…that would be FABULOUS!!! Love your Mason Jar projects…can’t wait for the next! hugs…

  15. So pretty! They totally need mason jars that hold large primary-colored toys.

  16. OK, so you’ve been reading my mind. Over the weekend, I actually did tackle a shelf — and rediscovered some things I’ve been looking for … for (um) a couple of years! WHY oh why did I let things get this way? Today… I’m choosing “e” with you. Let’s reclaim our spaces — and our sanity!

  17. I’ve seen your jars on Pinterest and thought what an incredibly ingenius idea! I am totally doing this! Thanks for sharing!


  18. I really like this idea. But I especially like your writing style!

  19. So smart! I’d love if you’d link up to The DIY’ers.

  20. This is such a cute post. And cute jars, too. I love how you used them to organize your craft supplies. I could use a lesson. And your family room? I have one just like it. That’s why you won’t find any pictures of it on MY blog either. heh heh. Aren’t we so clever?? Hope your hand is feeling better.

  21. Great idea! I love this. Thanks so much for sharing.

  22. Absolutely perfect! I need to pick up a few more. Thanks for sharing. Newest follower :) Angela @ HickoryTrail

  23. Wow! It’s been too long since we’ve chatted! I see you’ve been pretty busy with all kinds of fun things! Love this idea and of course, your sense of humor only makes all things good!! Thanks for the smiles and giggles ~ and of course another reason to get out my chalk board paint. Hmmm… spray or can? I have both.. don’t ask me why!!!

  24. This looks fantastic! So simple and so effective. Your writing is so fun and lighthearted too! Thanks for sharing!

  25. I just recently found out that Chalk Pens work great on the mason jar lids without havin to use chalkboard paint!

  26. I can’t believe I missed this post! LOVE this idea, you are a genius!!

  27. Where did you get your wire baskets?


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