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How Can I Organize My Reusable Plastic Bags?

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I save baggies that have not had meat in them. My problem is their storage. By the time I have a collection of large, medium, and small baggies, bread bags, and good cereal bags, I have an awful mess. The easiest thing to do is not to let so many accumulate, but I often freeze a lot of small portions so I often need quite a few at a time.

Any suggestions of organizing and storing these?
Thanks so much.

By Montana Jewel Therapy from MT

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By neuroticmom [9]01/14/2012

If I understand your question you are looking for storage for baggies (food storage bags) not grocery bags? My husband eats a bagel every morning for breakfast so I always go to the local deli and order 3 dozen at a time. I put 3-4 in a bag, then double bag it and freeze them. So when the bag is empty it certainly can be reused. After rinsing out and drying I just fold it up and put it back in the box it came from.

So all those bags are there again when I go to do my next order. Since they are folded I can tell the difference if I want a new bag or a recycled one. As far as the cereal bags I would do as another suggested and just save one cereal box and neatly put them back in there. I also save deli bags as when lunch meat is on sale I buy and freeze and like to have it double bagged for the freezer.

I just have one deli bag and put all the other folded ones inside of it and have it on a shelf in my pantry. I don't normally have bread bags but again the same method ~ fold them up and place them all in one bread bag or a large baggie.

By Joan [2]03/19/2011

I think you need to reduce the numbers to perhaps 6 of each. With the shopping bags I put the handles together, run thumb and forefinger down encircling the bag then tie a simple knot. The ends are then tucked in and it takes up the space of a small ball.

By Ann03/18/2011

Use a gallon size bag for each of the different sizes you save. Using a permanent marker, label the bag with what size you have inside. Punch a hole in the tip of the bag and hang on a hook. ALB

By Wendy [2]03/18/2011

I use a fabric bag that's about 12" to 14" in length & about 6" to 8" in diameter. Like a large sausage!

The bag is not sewn closed at the top or bottom, but the ends are gathered by using elastic in the bottom & a cord in the top. you put the bags in the top & pull them out from the bottom. The bag can then be hung on a hook by the chord.

You could make a few bags so that you have each size separated.

I usually pull my plastic bags lengthwise, then tie them in a soft knot, but just pull the end half way thru the knot .. then to open again, just pull one end of the bag & it will easily undo. This takes a lot less space & is easy to pull out of the bag.

I use my bags for my small kitchen tidy, the tidy baskets around the house, sorting the dry cleaning, wrapping shoes when travelling, dirty clothes when travelling, & all sorts of other things. They are WONDERFUL for packing when moving. They help with cushioning of crockery & glassware ...& also keep the silverware organised. They are also good for storing linen in when moving ... or just packing away with a little lavender to keep the moths at bay.

If you'd like to pas them on, I know that Op shops always need them ... but I'm saving all of mine because they are being phased out of stores here in Oz. & then I'll have to resort to paying for bags just to throw out as rubbish! The 'wet' rubbish just goes in the regular bin & the 'recyclables' go into the recycle bin, bag & all. Just make sure that you don't tie up the recycle bag when putting in the recycle bin as it has to be opened at the sorting place, or it's just tossed in the regular rubbish.

If you are have basic 8 y.o. sewing skills, you can buy cheap calico bags (about 10/$1.) & use a stencil to draw a basic line drawing on the bag, then stitch around in either running, or chain stitch, etc. using a red, green, blue thread ... or whatever you prefer. They also make terrific 'green' gifts ... that would be appreciated by all & sundry.

After all, we all need bags every now & again for library books, a few grocery items, knitting, toys, Fruit & veg, dry cleaning, etc. Love to hear some more ideas for the calico bags! :-)

By marion davidson [22]03/18/2011

If you can sew, then take an old tea towel and stitch the 2 long sides together. Hem top and bottom and insert elastic; attach a handle made from ribbon or tape; then you pop the bags in at the top and pull them out at the bottom.
I got a lot of scraps of material from a store some years ago and made a lot of these for school funds.

By Jonnie Shambarger [2]03/18/2011

I roll mine up and store them in a large coolwhip container. I can tell at a glance which size is which. Any sized container would work and it does not look bad left setting in the corner on my cabinet.

By Elaine [129]03/18/2011

Edith, that is a great idea. I have the same problem with my used bags. I do have a pantry door so will be using that idea for sure.

By Elaine [13]03/17/2011

I don't save plastic bags any longer than it takes for me to carry them to our local Walmart store and put them in the re-cycle bin. I put all plastic bags in there for them to recycle. I use hard plastic sandwich containers and others to keep food in. I do not have the room or the patience to deal with all the clutter so I look for places that can use them or recycle them and take them there. Recently found a vendor in Nacodoches, TX who recycles wine bottles. Guess where mine are going?

By Vicki [21]03/17/2011

I re-read your post to see what others had to say, and I agree, the shoe bag works also. I currently have my dish cloths in a shoe bag in the pantry, because my kitchen has only 2 tiny drawers (in which my silverware and utensils are in those).

By edith03/17/2011

I would use a over the door shoe holder. This shoe holder has pockets for each individual shoe. I actually sewed just the right amount and size for each of the bags that I use. You have to have a pantry door of course to use this hint. I also use one to hold household misc and craft room misc too.

By Montana Jewel Therapy [13]03/17/2011

Thanks ladies, all are good ideas, and yes! I am always trying to find uses for those plastic coffee cans.

By Cindy [3]03/16/2011

Hello! Perhaps it's because we drink coffee everyday, but I'm always looking for ways to reuse the plastic coffee containers with handles and snap-on lids. (If you don't drink coffee, I'm sure you know someone that does - just ask them to save you a few.) I use them in the house and DH uses them in the garage for a multitude of small item storage/sorting options.

I put a piece of duct tape around the containers and label them with a large point Sharpe pen. (You could label them Small baggies, Medium baggies, Large baggies and Cereal bags.) They stack nicely, are easy to grab off of any shelf, and you could get a lot of each size plastic bag in a single container.

Thanks for making me think of this! I reuse many of these bags, too, and it never occurred to me to organize this mess. I think I'll start using these coffee jugs to sort my own mismatched collection of reusable baggies! :-)

On a semi-related note, I also save and reuse plastic shopping bags as liners for small trashcans (among other uses). I keep an old, tattered tote hanging from a ceiling hook in my cleaning closet and save the shopping bags for at least a second use/life before discarding. Hope this info helps.

By Vicki [21]03/16/2011

I suggest you put them back in the box(es)! Save one cereal box, mark it somehow (tape a piece of paper on the front of it or mark with a black felt pen: cereal bags) and then neatly put the bags back into it and store it on the shelf or place where you store things of that nature (cleaning supplies, not the pantry, I mean). Same with the baggies, save a box for each size and put them back into the marked box. That's the freebie way, the other thing I can suggest which would cost money is shoes boxes. Plastic ones with lids. They stack nicely and you can mark the box as to what is in them. You could combine more than one kind of baggie in a shoe box, just keep them separated by having them in a larger baggie (pint size in a gallon size baggie, quart size in a gallon size baggie). Of course, the other freebie way on this is regular cardboard shoes boxes, but the clear ones are nicer looking. I use plastic shoes boxes for flour, rice, etc. (What won't fit in the canisters). You do need to make sure they snap tightly though, for food.

By mai [1]03/16/2011

Go to a thrift store and find the multi-drawer http://www.stacksandstacks.com/closet-storage-drawers
You can also find them at yard sales, etc., put your baggies in the drawers.

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