How to Store Plastic Grocery Bags

Here is a simple and space saving way to store your plastic grocery bags!

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As the new year begins it’s time to finally tackle some of my less than par organizational skills.  For the most part I would call myself a “clean” person.  Our house is normally only about a 10 minute speed clean away from being “guest ready” and I tend to run the dishwasher an adequate amount of times during the week.  I have to admit though, I am not exactly what you would call organized.

I don’t make lists.
I have a calendar hanging on the wall…it is currently turned to November 2013.
I lose my phone more times in a day than I can count.
I can’t remember important dates (or the actual day’s date for that matter!)

It’s bad over here guys.  So I guess you could say I need any help I can get!  I’m working through those mentioned flaws, but for now let’s start with organizing my plastic bags.  Baby steps my friends…

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So here was my current bag situation.  I’d like to say this was the worst of it, but honestly as I was pulling these out of the closet I found about six more bags shoved between the wall and cabinet.  So many bags…where do they all come from?  And why do I keep leaving my reusable bags at home on grocery days?  And why do all my bags have little red targets all over them?  (This year I vow to shop less at Target! –We’ll see how long that lasts…)

Anyway, a friend of mine taught me this simple method to store my bags almost a year ago and I am finally getting around to storing them this way!  It is simple, fast and saves so much space!

When I showed Tanner how to do it, he said “That’s great, but all of those bags are not going to fit in your jar.”  And you know what?  He was wrong.  They fit!  A little organization can go a long way when it comes to saving space.  Who knew!

Here’s a photo play by play for all you visual folk out there (like myself!)

Use this simple method to store your plastic bags neatly and conveniently! | www.gimmesomeoven.com/style #organize #storage #diy #home Use this simple method to store your plastic bags neatly and conveniently! | www.gimmesomeoven.com/style #organize #storage #diy #home Use this simple method to store your plastic bags neatly and conveniently! | www.gimmesomeoven.com/style #organize #storage #diy #home Use this simple method to store your plastic bags neatly and conveniently! | www.gimmesomeoven.com/style #organize #storage #diy #home Use this simple method to store your plastic bags neatly and conveniently! | www.gimmesomeoven.com/style #organize #storage #diy #home Use this simple method to store your plastic bags neatly and conveniently! | www.gimmesomeoven.com/style #organize #storage #diy #home Use this simple method to store your plastic bags neatly and conveniently! | www.gimmesomeoven.com/style #organize #storage #diy #home Use this simple method to store your plastic bags neatly and conveniently! | www.gimmesomeoven.com/style #organize #storage #diy #home Use this simple method to store your plastic bags neatly and conveniently! | www.gimmesomeoven.com/style #organize #storage #diy #home

  1. Hold your bag by the handles and draw your hand down the bag to squeeze the air out.
  2. Grab the end of the bag with one hand and wrap the bag around two of your fingers.
  3. Continue to wrap the bag around your fingers, the handles should twist around your hand as well.
  4. As you reach the end of your bag a loop should form with the handles.
  5. Take your loop and wrap it around the bag.
  6. That’s it!

Use this simple method to store your plastic bags neatly and conveniently! | www.gimmesomeoven.com/style #organize #storage #diy #home Use this simple method to store your plastic bags neatly and conveniently! | www.gimmesomeoven.com/style #organize #storage #diy #home

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Liz Stevens

My name is Liz. I dwell in the "Paris of the Plains" (aka Kansas City) and am married to my highschool sweetheart. Together we have a dog named Veda and a 1976 VW bus. Both of which we love like they are our children. :) I write about all things pretty. I hope to leave people feeling hopeful and inspired as I share my little ideas with the interweb. Enjoy! Follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  1. Becca — January 5, 2014 @ 11:57 am (#)

    What?! Trying this today! My bags take up a whole side of our pantry…

  2. Coty and Mariah — January 6, 2014 @ 8:11 pm (#)

    How awesome! This a must do!

  3. Carmen — January 8, 2014 @ 8:17 am (#)

    Oh my god! Lifechanging! Or at least closet changing, lol :P Thanks for sharing!

  4. Ali's Mom — January 8, 2014 @ 10:28 am (#)

    I have another easy method. Recycle an old Pringles can. I keep mine under the sink and it’s AMAZING how many plastic bags you can stuff in there. Then it works like a dispense as you pull them out one at a time.

    • Liz — January 9, 2014 @ 5:11 pm (#)

      That’s a great idea! I may have to try that!

  5. Kay — January 12, 2014 @ 7:58 pm (#)

    Hi! Great article. I also have another way of storing them, samosa style! It really packs my bags into small triangles, saving so much space! ;)

    Kay

  6. jeanette bobo mcneil — January 13, 2014 @ 11:47 am (#)

    I have be doing this for many years. it works great. good way to save your bags

  7. AliceKelly — January 18, 2014 @ 10:59 pm (#)

    My sisters and I stuff our bags in a kleenx box. The kind with the longer opening on top. Some fold and some just wad them up and push them in. We checked onced.It was a tie Also the bags your newspapers come in are great for your shoes when you travel. Thanks for listening. Alice

  8. joanne hanna — January 19, 2014 @ 8:46 pm (#)

    neat idea! surely will try it!

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