I store a lot of things in the kitchen, in glass old fashioned jars and bottles. I think it's practical, clean and gives a retro touch. Depending on what you have in your jars, you can also take advantage of the contents color as an addition to your interior style or depending on which season it is..
A lot of the jars and bottles I have are inherited goods and vintage treasures from yard sales, second hand stores and fleamarkets. If you buy a glass jar in a grocery store and you're not going to recycle it when you've emptied all the jam or whatever content it contained before.. Reuse it! I chose to use a glass jar as a flower pot instead, as seen below.
If it already exists, why buy it new..?
Go retro, go green.