Unconventional Storage Containers – A Four Part Series

Posted on Jan 16 2012 - 10:53am by Michael James

Hi Readers:
For the next four weeks, each Monday I’ll be looking at an area of the house, and exploring how you can get it organized. Now for me, I like to be clean enough so I don’t have to stress, but organized to where I can find everything when I need to. I’ve found I can keep my home organized without spending big bucks on plastic dividers and fancy boxes.  And it’s decorative as well!  With a little organization (or un-organization) and these simple tips you can use your own unconventional storage containers as well.  Now on to the kitchen.

When I first set out to clean up and organize my kitchen, I started with the pantry.  I had old tubs, jars, and tupperware that I couldn’t even remember where it’d come from.  Much of the containers didn’t have a matching lid, and because of their loud colors, they got tossed in the throw away pile.  But the jars I saved.  Not only were they ornamental (once I washed out the dust), they were functional as well – items like coffee, coffee filters, tea, sugar, etc. all fit inside.  Once the jars had dried I simply lined up the items I wanted to clear from my counters, and placed them inside.  And because the jars can be stacked, I saved on room while still being able to identify each item.

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For jars that didn’t have a lid, I found them a replacement by purchasing jar lids in the canning section.  I also found that lids I already had would fit the jars – lids to Parmesan cheese containers, and Great Value salsa and spaghetti sauce tops will all fit on a standard Mason jar.  Eventually I began buying groceries with glass jars just so I could reuse them.  But for those who’d rather their jars match, you can pick them up by the dozen at your local grocery store.

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Mike James

Michael James

About Michael James

Division Vice President
Extra Space Storage

While getting his degree from Ramapo College in New Jersey, Mike began his journey in the self storage business working as a Store Manager. After graduating with a degree in Information Systems, Mike became a District Manager and later relocated to Utah to work as the Director and Operations Coordinator. He's now moved back to his home state of New Jersey and is currently the Division Vice President of the area.

In his time away from the office, Mike enjoys spending time with his kids, eating out, and going to the movies. And ever the outdoorsman, Mike is an avid hiker and does his own home improvement projects.

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