Declutter Your Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops (attach Mason Jars Under Cabinets)




Introduction: Declutter Your Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops (attach Mason Jars Under Cabinets)

A paleo diet kick left me with bags and bags of alternative flours cluttering my kitchen cabinets, not to mention all the different kinds of seeds, nuts, etc. etc.

A bout with Marie Kondo left me feeling guilty anytime I left anything out on the countertops. I wasn't sure where to put it all and still use it.

My solution: put all of it in mason jars and then back in the cupboards. The problem with that - mason jars are bulky and don't flex when next to each other like the paper or plastic bags all the stuff comes in. And, jars get lost behind other jars.

My solution 2.0: use the unused space under the cabinets by attaching the jar rings to the underbelly of the cabinet. The mason jars hang so you can see them. The kitchen counters are still clean (Marie Kondo is still happy), and the cabinets are less cluttered. Win-Win-Win.


drill (hand or power)
screw driver (match type to screw head)
hole punch
marker (fine tip sharpie)

wide-mouth quart mason jars (as many as you want/need for under the cabinets)
jar lids and rings (equal to the number of jars)
(2) screws per mason jar (I used 3/8" #4 phillips screws - you want something that won't go thru the cabinet base)
sheet of cardstock or construction paper
string, twine, or ribbon

Step 1: Assess the Damage, Gather Materials

Check your cabinets and countertops. If you're surprised that you had flax seeds hidden in the back of your cabinet, or that the full bag of coconut flakes are about to expire, this might be for you. If you have three opened bags of half to mostly used alternative flour (coconut, almond, oat, etc.), this should be for you.

Gather your materials. I already had some food stored in jars and some additional jars lying around. I picked a spot under my cabinets and decided about 10 jars would fit. When deciding how many to do, plan to space them about 3-6 inches apart so you can still spin them off the ring.

Step 2: Drill Holes in Lid, Attach to Cabinet

Drill two holes in the lid (not the ring). I didn't measure where they go and it shouldn't matter. Just keep them a little away from the edge. You can do this with a hand or power drill.

Once you have the holes drilled, put the lid and ring up under the cabinet in position. I positioned them to the back of the cabinet so they wouldn't hang down into usable counter space. Screw in the screws until tight. Be careful not to poke through into the inside of the cabinet base.

Step 3: Make Tags, Attach Them to Jars

Cut 1-2in wide strips the full length of the cardstock or paper choice. Then, cut down into 3-4in long tags. Depending on the contents of the jar, you may need longer strips. Starting with longer strips is better as you can always cut them down later.

Hole punch each tag. Cut the two corners by the hole to make it look nice.

Draft in pencil the word description for each jar. Go over in marker or sharpie.

Wrap the string around at least twice, more if desired, and then square knot. Trim the string so you have enough to do a bow. Attach the tag and tie in a bow.

Step 4: Attach the Jars, Enjoy Clean Kitchen

Attach the jars by twisting into the ring. You may need to reposition the tags so they face out.

Now, enjoy your clean de-cluttered, Marie Kondo approved kitchen.

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    2 years ago

    I'm now racing over to my kitchen to see how I can use this idea! Brilliant. I have too many small jars all over the place and they don't like sitting atop each other and are constantly falling over. Like little kids ... with them stuck on the top underneath the cabinet - a much better use of space.


    2 years ago

    You even have room for another row of them if you so desired. That's super inspiring...Right now I'm checking out every cabinet in the house and in the camper. That's so easy, and all the different grains etc look pretty. Great instructable! I want my counters back too!


    Question 2 years ago on Step 1

    What was the largest size jar you used? Would you consider using a half-gallon size?


    Reply 2 years ago

    We only used quart jars. My concern would be the weight with it filled on anything larger, but it very well could work! I did the screws in the lid, and the rings at times can spin or become a little loose. I've never had a jar fall or come loose from the cabinet. You might need to modify this plan with more securing screws or putting them in the rings as well. Hope that helps.