Those who are participating in our 8 Step Spring Kitchen Cure have given their cupboards a good scour and some are even re-considering all the packaging their food comes in (or doesn't at all if they buy in bulk). We love keeping our food in jars: you get a good seal and you can see what's inside.
In particular, I like to keep my tea bags, pastas, grains, dried herbs and spices, dried mushrooms and baking ingredients like sugars and flours in glass jars.
If you keep a well-stocked pantry you will probably want many jars and would appreciate jars stack safely and neatly. Look for jars with square, or easily-nesting lids, or add a few non-skid pads to the bottom of your jars. We like these Clear Self-Adhesive Rubber Pads (Container Store, 18 for $2.99) and these Cork Pads (Aubuchon Hardware, 24 for $2.99).
Some of my favorite jars are these Martha Stewart Jars you used to be able to find at K Mart, but are no longer available (sorry). Ikea always has a range of jars, but don't get too attached because they often change their lines. Last time I got attached to a jar design at Ikea, it was discontinued. Currently, IKEA has several jars that work well for cupboard organizing, but if you're in love, don't skimp: stock up and plan ahead for the kinds of foods you plan to store (for example, know that a strand of spaghetti-type pasta is about 10-inches long so you'll need a jar at least that tall).
Our Favorite Storage Jars
Ball Half-Gallon Wide Mouth Mason Jars (Goodman's, 6 for $8.79) Many other sizes also available at Lehman's Non-Electric Catalog
Burken Storage Jar 17oz, 37oz, 74oz (Ikea, ($1.99 - $3.99)
Jars With Lids 1/2 gallon - 2 gallon (Crate & Barrel, $9.95 - $18.95) - great for bulk pasta and cereal
Libbey 3-pc. Set of Big Mouth Glass Jars, 50oz, 70oz, 92oz (Target, $24.99)
4-pc. Square Canister Set, 62-oz. canister is 22Hx9" dia.; 52-oz. canister is 18Hx9" dia.; 40-oz. canister is 15Hx9" dia.; 28-oz. canister is 11Hx9" dia., (Target, $19.99)
Le Parfait Preserving Jar 0.5L (~17oz), 0.75L (~25oz) or 1.5L (~50oz), (Conran Shop, $6 - $10)
Libbey Apothecary 31 oz (Jarstore, 24 for $57.36, $2.39ea - find a friend to share the order!)
SLOM glass jars 17oz, 34oz, 61oz, 68oz (Ikea, $2.99 - $3.99)
Droppar Jars 17oz, 37oz, 61oz, 1/2 gallon, 1 gallon (Ikea, $2.99 - $9.99)