Out-of-Control Plastic Bags Nearly Drove Homemaker Crazy!

Plastic bags and more plastic bags – every time I go grocery shopping, I get MORE!  I have plastic bags running out my ears!!!  I don’t want to throw them away because that seems irresponsible and I do use them.  I just don’t have a good method for storing them so they end up crammed behind the kitchen trash can or in the bathroom closet.

I’ve seen some interesting plastic bag storage methods here and there but haven’t ever taken the time to give any of them a try.  In all honesty, I really didn’t think most of them would work.

But last week I decided I’d had enough.  I tried getting a bag out of the bag mess and ended up with four or five.  I was so frustrated I decided it was time to do something.  I just happened to have an empty Kleenex box so that was my storage container of choice.  I wadded each bag tightly and pushed it into the box until I couldn’t fit any more.  Then I gave it a try.  It was awesome!

I still have a couple areas with stashed bags but that’s only because I’m out of empty Kleenex boxes.  As soon as I get more, I’m filling those boxes with plastic bags.

If you’re interested in reading about some other ways to store bags, check out these links:

Four Ways To Store Plastic Grocery Bags

Creative Storage Solutions – Storing Plastic Bags

How to Fold a Plastic Bag

Comments

  1. Deb Strout says:

    Great idea and I think I’m going to start saving my kleenex boxes now! If you start getting too many I think when you have a visitor and they see what a great idea that is, you could give them one to take home with them. That way you’re sharing your idea and not tempted to throw any away. We started saving bags when the grandbaby came along for diapers and we are overflowing now!

    • They accumulate so FAST! But I like having them around. Just last night I sent some dishes home with Rachel and I used a bag of them to wrap the glass so it wouldn’t break. I was glad I had them.

      Definitely a good use for diapers. I should have used one on one of Calvin’s diapers yesterday. It was a doozey!!!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    We use reusable bags for most trips to the store but I do purposely get plastic to use as trash can liners. Also, when they add up too much I take them to the store and usually most have a recycle bin just for plastic bags at the front of the store.

    • I have seen that recycle bin for plastic at HyVee. I haven’t ever used it, though.

      I’ve been thinking about switching to the reusable bags but I haven’t yet because I don’t want to spend the money and they seem like a lot of trouble. I get a lot of groceries each week and it seems like it would take a lot of bags. I’m guessing you’re so used to it that it’s not a big deal at all.

  3. I don’t have a wastebasket near my laundry area so I use empty kleenex boxes for lint when I remove it from the dryer. When it gets full, I throw it away. I usually have another empty kleenex box by then.

  4. What a great idea! I have tons of bags that I keep inside another bag. I am going to implement this right away!

    • That’s how I stored my bags, too – inside another bag. This works great! I should have done it a lot sooner and save myself a bunch of hassle.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    The reusable hold more than plastic. I have 5 and most weeks that’s adequate.

    • I guess I just need to bite the bullet and get some. They seem like they would be easier to work with than the plastic. I tend to get plastic bags with rips!

  6. I think this was one of the biggest arguments my husband and I had! We finally found a solution – we stored them in an old plastic milk carton with a hole on the top and on the bottom side so we could pull them out as we need them!

    • Uh, oh! But that sounds like a great solution. I’ll have to try that for the collection in my trash cabinet. The kleenex box doesn’t work so great in that location.

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  8. If any of you use the Lysol or Clorox cleaner wipes…I reuse one of those to put my empty grocery bags in. It’ll last longer than a tissue box. Also….I usually use reusable grocery bags. They are worth the money, as long as you dont buy expensive ones. You can find them all over. I suggest you buy the kind with a plastic coating on them or a truly washable one. I leave them in my car door so I am less likely to forget them. I still do sometimes but that’s ok b/c we use the plastic bags for trash liners.

    • I can see how the wipes containers would last longer. I don’t use those but I do have a baby wipes container. I’ll have to try that next.

      I’ve never really gotten on board with reusable grocery bags. I have one, I think, from Aldi, but I buy so much every time I go to the grocery store it seems like too much trouble.

      • Try buying just a handful of bags and see how it works for you. How many bags do you usually walk out of the store with? The reusuables usually hold 2x’s what a plastic bag does…

        • I could possibly use the bags for some stores but I usually do my grocery shopping at Wal-mart and I’m not sure they would go for that. The reason their system works is because they use the plastic bags on the carousel.

          I come home from the store with about 12 or 14 bags. Sometimes they only put one or two items in a bag but most of them are full. I did use a reusable bag at Aldi once and I packed it so full I couldn’t pick it up. Sacking groceries is harder than it looks!

          • Samantha says:

            I use my reusables at walmart all the time and i’m not the only one. I say buy 4-5 bags. Bring them in and they’ll use plastic when they are done. Packing is a learning process…you’ll get there.☺

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