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Organizing Plastic Bags

You can help save wild birds and animals: When unwrapping bread, groceries etc., I roll up the plastic wrapping or bags that I can't reuse and then tie them in knots before binning them. This prevents animals and birds getting their heads stuck in them or, just as bad, getting them stuck in their throats while trying to eat any food still adhering to them.

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I just moved into my first apartment alone in 18 months. And I am a self professed plastic bag hoarder! I use them to ship things, line things, wrap things, and yes, carry things.

Corral Those Plastic Bags

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I got the idea of cutting the battery box out and removing the stuffing in the body, leaving the head, arms, and legs fully stuffed. I then use the body to stuff full of plastic bags for the waste paper baskets and hang it on a hook on the wall.

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December 27, 2011

When one full bag of garbage is taken out, I replace it with a new one. I make sure there are 6 folded bags under the new one. I always have a full week of garbage bags without hunting for them when they have to be replaced.

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June 16, 2005

Leave a few grocery bags by your door. If you are working outside or forget something you can just slip them over your shoes so you don't have to take them off before walking across the floors and carpets.

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May 28, 2005

If you have a dog and need somewhere to store all the empty plastic bags for walks etc., put them in an empty Kleenex box by the door. They don't get in the way, and they don't look bad either.

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In California, we pay 10 cents per bag at the grocery store. Lately, I have been forgetting my bags and buying new bags which adds up. I found a great solution, fold the bags and store them in an empty tissue box. You can stuff a lot of bags in the tissue box! Then, I place the tissue box in the trunk so there is no clutter inside the car.

A folded plastic bag next to an empty tissue box.

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December 22, 2005

Instead of wadded plastic bags stuffed higgledy-piggledy, she had taken each bag by the bottom and the handles and smoothed it to a thin, upright column. Then she had laid the brown paper sack on its side and placed each plastic bag inside, with the handles up.

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March 24, 2009

Take a large mesh orange or grapefruit bag that has a draw string type handle from your store bought produce. Snip a bottom corner of the bag off. Insert grocery bags or cleaning rags. It hangs where you wish as well as easy pull out from bottom corner.

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January 16, 2005

Tie knots into the bags you throw in the trash. Department Store bags, dry cleaning bags, grocery store bags etc. This prevents little ones from playing with the bags. Therefore no danger of suffocation. By Chell

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Cut the bottom off a 2 litre plastic bottle. Put your bags in through the bottom. Pull one out through the top. When you need one, just pull through the opening.

A collection of plastic bags stored in a pop bottle.

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January 18, 2012

Take a child's onesy pajamas with feet. Then sew up the cuffs at opening. If you want to, sew the upper arms where connected to the body of PJs.

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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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March 16, 20110 found this helpful

Go to a thrift store and find the multi-drawer 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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March 16, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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March 16, 20111 found this helpful

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.

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March 17, 20110 found this helpful

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

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March 17, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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March 3, 2016

This is a page about folding plastic grocery bags. Storing plastic grocery bags for reuse can be a challenge. They seem to require a better solution than stuffing them in another grocery bag.

Folding Plastic Grocery Bags

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January 22, 2017

Recycled solutions to organizational issues are often thrifty and creative. This is a page about use a soda can box to organize bags.

A pop can box made into a bag organizer.

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February 23, 2017

Reusing empty grocery bags is becoming the norm. There are many ways to store them until you need them. Using an empty tissue box is actually reusing two types of packaging and reducing waste.

A empty tissue box being reused to store plastic bags.

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