31 Days of Getting Organized (Using What You Have) – Day 5: Jars in the Office

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Welcome to Day 5 of 31 Days of Getting Organized by Using What You Have .

I’m so happy you’re here, especially on the weekend. I promise this will be a quick one. We only have 2 more days left of jars and then we’ll be moving on to other useful organizing items. Jars are perfect for the desk top or on a shelf in the office. Because they’re clear, they minimize the look of clutter.

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I love jars that are a little different and have some texture to them, like the one holding my pens. When I received the jelly from a friend I couldn’t wait to eat it all so I could use the jar.

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You don’t have to have boring jars. It’s easy to add a little color and bling to any jar by adding glitter to the lid and ring. I’ll have a quick tutorial at the end of this post.

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I also added glitter to Emilee’s jar rings. You could also add color by using ribbon, washi tape, yarn or baker’s twine. I love these little jelly jars.

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The lids and rings don’t have to all match if you’re going to paint or cover them in glitter.

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I glittered the ring in sections. Brush the top of the ring with mod podge then sprinkle glitter over top. Shake off the excess glitter. Do the same with the lid.

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Brush mod podge on one half of the ring and sprinkle with glitter then do the same with the other side. If you try to do it all at one time it tends to dry too fast and you don’t get very good coverage. Do this over wax paper so you can put the glitter back in a bag or small container. Glitter goes a long way.

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What could be better than glass and glitter?

Here are a few more ideas for organizing with jars in the office:

paper covered jars

Think Shabby


Be Different Act Normal

receipts jar

Homestead Revival


Design Happens

Grab a jar or two and get your desk or office area organized. The really small canning or baby food jars work perfect for small supplies like paper clips, rubber bands, push pins, staples, etc.

See you tomorrow for the next post in the series 31 Days of Getting Organized by Using What You Have: Jars for Kids

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Anne October 5, 2013, 6:12 pm

    LOVE the glitter!!!

  • courtney October 7, 2013, 6:27 am

    I love this idea! I have mason jars up the whazoo and this is a creative way to stay organized without having to spend money. Love this!

  • Yvonne @ TriedandTasty October 7, 2013, 7:07 am

    Huge jar fan for sure!

  • Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! October 7, 2013, 7:14 am

    I love that you glittered the rings of the jars! ADORABLE!!!

  • marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings October 7, 2013, 8:04 am

    I’ve got random jars in my work room but now I want to make them cute too!

  • Summer October 7, 2013, 8:40 am

    Oh I love these ideas – love the glitter on the jar lid – Thanks!

  • Bonnie Andrews October 7, 2013, 12:57 pm

    These are all such great ideas – love the Think Shabby wall hanging!

  • Barb October 7, 2013, 2:09 pm

    Are the jars laying on their sides attached to each other somehow, or are they just stacked? How sturdy would they be if stacked?

  • LisaW October 10, 2013, 3:54 pm

    Love this series on using what you already have! I have been “tweaking” my little office space alcove between living room & dining room. I picked up a Martha Stewart blue hanger w/1 big pocket & 2 smaller ones that I have stuffed papers into that needed to be filed in a big filing cabinet. I wanted a place for 6 decorative files to help w/filing ~ sooo, I cut down a cereal box & taped it into the bottom of the big pocket that is 2″ deep from front to back. I also lowered the hanger about 9″ so I could see it better. The files fit nicely now; I am labeling them with my new labeler that I just hadn’t taken out of the box. Very happy w/this look; so much more functional, too! (I have 5 jars holding different types of pens & clips on my desk now too!)
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • leanneja December 6, 2013, 6:29 pm

    They are glued together. I don’t think they would stay together if they were just stacked.

  • Stacy February 11, 2020, 12:39 pm

    Hi! The black & white jars, is that wrapping paper & yarn or some kind of special decorative paper? I love these!

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