For years I've repurposed old glass jars, jugs and containers to hold my office and arts and craft supplies. It's a great system since you can see what's in each container but inevitebly there's this layer of gunk that falls to the bottom. Part dust, part dog hair, part ink or lead from the objects that occupy it. Here are a few reasons why lining your jars can be an end all solution to the gunk and even provide you with a bit more than you bargained for.
Even if this layer of gunk isn't exactly at the top of your priority list, it's still a fun tip to file away for later when you feel more inclined to deal with the small things instead of your dirty dishes which might be threatening to swallow you whole.
Martha Stewart, bless her heart, has given us instructions to create glass storage and although the act of putting stuff in a jar doesn't exactly require much instruction, her tip for adding a bit of felt to the bottom of the jar is rather cool for a few reasons.
For starters, it makes cleaning easy. Simply remove and shake, replace and forget having to clean the jar. If you're looking for something a little easier, try using rice (which you could dye if you were so inclined) which could simply be tossed out.
In addition to aesthetics, ling your jars helps protect them from sharp objects and likewise, your objects from the jars. It's a fun place to add a little color to a space, but the key to making it look amazing is to simply leave a little space in the jar.
Image: Martha Stewart