Whether you like it or not, plastic shopping bags often find their way into our homes in abundance. For the millennial homeowner who is conscious of convenience and sustainability, the challenge with plastic bags lies not only in repurposing them but also storing them in places besides under the kitchen sink. Clutter-free living is a goal for most of us, and plastic bags should be an asset.
Whether you’re looking to reduce waste, organize your kitchen, or discover creative ways to manage an overflowing supply of plastic bags, we’ve got practical and easy-to-implement tips.
The Classic Bag Dispenser
Bag dispensers are one of the most effective and simple ways to store plastic bags. These dispensers can be hung inside a cabinet or behind a door. Classic bag dispensers come in various designs, from sleek and minimalist to colorful and fun, allowing you to choose one that complements your kitchen’s style.
The DIY Bag Holder
If you’re feeling crafty, create your own bag holder using materials you may already have at home. Using an empty tissue box can work wonders. Flatten your plastic bags, fold them neatly, and slide them into your homemade holder for easy access.
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The Under-Sink Solution
Did you really grow up in a Black household if plastic bags weren’t kept under the sink? You can utilize the space under your sink by installing a tension rod or adhesive hooks. Hang your plastic bags by their handles, keeping them in arm’s reach. This method is space-efficient and ensures that your bags stay organized and accessible.
The Drawer Divider Trick
If you have an extra drawer in your kitchen, consider using drawer dividers to separate and organize your plastic bags. Roll the bags up tightly and place them in the divided sections, allowing you to see and access each bag easily.
The Bag-in-a-Bag Technique
Practice the bag-in-a-bag technique to prevent plastic bags from taking over your kitchen. Store a few bags folded neatly inside of a larger bag. This way, you can keep a surplus of bags without cluttering your space.
The Repurposing Approach
The great thing about plastic bags is that they can be repurposed in creative ways. Use them as trash can liners, pet waste bags, or for packing delicate items when shipping boxes. Storing these repurposed bags in a designated container keeps them organized until needed.
The Donation Drawer
Consider keeping a “donation drawer” where you keep excess plastic bags. This way, you’ll always have some on hand to donate to local food banks or shelters, contributing to a good cause while keeping your home clutter-free.
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by Kelsey Marie | February 27, 2023
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