3 Creative Ways to Use Spice Jars (with MagnetJar!)
Not every product review proposal that lands in my Inbox is a great fit for me, our home, this blog and my readers; but every now and then I come across something that I can’t wait to try myself AND share with you all. Let me introduce you to MagnetJar – beautiful glass spice jars with…wait for it…magnets on the back…making for the ultimate vertical storage solution! I am so crazy excited about this product, I couldn’t stop using them around our home to organize a variety of things. Today, I not only want to introduce you to these jars and this great company, but also show you three creative ways to use spice jars all around your home!
MagnetJar is a new, American-based company…literally born in a Pennsylvania kitchen this last Christmas. It’s owner, Marc, was trying to prepare holiday treats with his Mom when he became exasperated by his Mother’s spice storage situation. A guy after my own heart, he wanted to make use of the available vertical space on his Mother’s refrigerator to keep the spices more accessible, but struggled to find magnetic spice jars that 1) were strong enough to stay in place, 2) held a decent amount of spices, and 3) looked and functioned like normal spice jars with a shaker top. His frustration turned to experimentation, which then turned into a new company! He has now launched MagnetJar…a wonderful line of jars that look as good as they work!
One thing I love about these jars is that their design was dictated by function first! The flip-top shaker caps are easily removable for refilling and scooping, and are corrosion- and leak-resistant. The jars are square (instead of round) to maximize volume, and their super strong magnets resist jostling and attach vertically to any magnetic surface. The magnets on the jars are called “channel magnets,” and are uniquely strong…in fact a single magnet used on a MagnetJar can hold nearly 10 pounds! MagnetJars are also made with mostly American Industry (the caps are from Washington and Illinois, the jars are from California, the magnets are from New York, and the adhesive is from a company in Germany; the jars are assembled in New York). MagnetJars are available in quantities of 6 with the option for white, yellow, green or red caps.
MagnetJars for Holding Spices
When I set out to play with my new MagnetJars, my first step was obviously the kitchen. They are indeed designed for spices after all! You all know I’ve been longing for a practical yet pretty spice storage solution for a while now (I even lamented over it here), and you better bet these jars had me swooning!
One of my biggest struggles with transferring spices to new jars in the past was they never seemed to hold an entire bottle of spices. Transferring my spices to smaller jars required me to store the excess somewhere else, which somewhat defeated the whole purpose. I had a brand new, unopened jar of Italian Seasoning in my spice basket, and was beyond thrilled to see the entire bottle fit comfortably in the MagnetJar!
Transferring the spices out of their containers into matching jars means that you loose the label. I certainly could have used the chalkboard labels that come with the jars, but instead went back to my tried-and-true method of labeling: washi tape + clear label tape. Works and looks great every time!
True to the magnet description, those suckers are strong. I had no issue securing the jars to any magnetic surface around the kitchen!
The jars come in sets of 6. And while I would certainly love to bottle up all my spices and create a big fancy and functional spice display, I found that even having just my 6 most commonly used spices SO handy right next to the stove was pretty, darn great!
These jars would be awesome stuck right to the nearby refrigerator, but I chose to setup mine on a little magnetic board next to my oils and vinegars. I can quickly and easily pin up a recipe or note, and now I have most of my dinner preparation supplies in one tidy (and oh so pretty!) spot!
MagnetJars for Holding Hardware
Using MagnetJars for spices is really just the beginning for these great little guys. My next stop was our garage!
Time and time again, I sing the praises of vertical storage. Not only does storing items on the wall keep things tidy and always-accessible, but it also helps maintain a clear work surface so you can actually be productive! Out in our garage, we are currently using little drawers to hold all of our various nuts, bolts, screws and nails. For fun, I played around with these jars for our hardware storage and was instantly smitten that I could see and find whatever I needed without having to open lots of little drawers! #itsthelittlethings #nopunintended!
I’ve sung the praises of the strength of these magnets already, but here is some pretty great proof! These nails and screws aren’t light…and these jars didn’t budge a bit!
You may not think you have a lot of magnetic surfaces in your garage, but that shouldn’t keep you from giving this storage solution a try! Jars can be attached to extra refrigerators/freezers, metal toolboxes or even large metal sheets you can get at the hardware store. I have my strips attached to a simple metal strip from IKEA!
MagnetJars for Holding Crafts
Of course, my last stop for these awesome jars had to be my craft room! I am constantly looking for easy and convenient ways to store the items I use the most, and these jars couldn’t be more perfect!
I am struggling so much lately with having too many items on my work surfaces, and I really need to start making better use of vertical storage options. From pins and bobbins, clips to pens, I can think of dozens of things that would be so handy to have secured up right in front of me…easily available whenever I need it!
When I put all these craft supplies in the jars, I was concerned about them fitting…and then I was concerned about getting them all back out! Because of the nice, wide mouths on the jars, they are super simple to fill and empty, and can even be used as open storage for pens, scissors, utensils and other taller items!
If you can’t tell, I’m pretty smitten with these little jars and keep thinking of more and places to use them (office supplies, medicines). I do still love my basket for organizing my spices, but if you’re looking to take advantage of vertical space in your kitchen, home, office, or workspace…give these jars a try!
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If you want to learn more about the jars and the company, visit their page here!
I am working away on putting the finishing touches on my next big organization project that launches next Tuesday! If you need more help and ideas for your kitchen, you won’t want to miss this! See you then!
I received both product and compensation from MagnetJar for this blog post. Please remember that I only work with brands and products I fully support and that make sense for my home, my family, and this blog. All opinions are 100% my own!