Small Kitchen Space Saver: Jar Lids Affixed To Cabinets

When you have a small kitchen with limited storage space, finding a place for a full pantry can be a dilemma. Certain items – tea, coffee, sugar, salt ndash; need to be readily available, and while those sets of kitchen canisters are great in theory, who can afford to waste valuable real estate keeping them on the counter? Got some glass or plastic jars about to be tossed into the recycle bin? Wait!

There's a solution that we remembered from our childhood that's not only a great space saver, but it's a great way to use jars that might otherwise go towards recycling. Once you've devoured the contents of a plastic or glass jar, clean the inside thoroughly, remove the label and let dry. Then screw, nail, Crazy Glue or use magnets to secure the jar lids to the under side of a shelf. Fill their matching jars and screw into place.

Design*Sponge has a full tutorial if you want to go the "screwing the lids to the shelf" route; if you're all thumbs, you might want to go the magnetic route via this tutorial on Instructables by a resourceful Parsons student, Garrett Tillman.

(Image: Garrett Tillman)