October 7, 2011
This clutter-control idea isn’t mine, so I can’t take credit for it. But I find it to be a fabulous solution for containing those unruly plastic grocery and retail bags and until they are outlawed, I think you deserve to know about it.
But first, let me clarify something. I have a collection of reusable grocery bags that I use religiously because I believe that if everyone does just a little to help save the environment…let me just say, if WE don’t do it, who will?
On rare occasion I find myself without a reusable bag and if I can’t carry my few items individually by hand to my car, I will succumb to a plastic bag. Now, I understand that you might have chosen to contribute to saving the environment in other ways, and therefore, you are using plastic bags so I’ll share with you what I found to corral them while saving space. A paper towel tube!
Some people use empty kleenex boxes, but I think they are too big beckoning one to keep MORE bags than is necessary and they can’t be packed away as easily, thereby taking up a larger footprint than a tube.
Stuff one bag at a time into one end of the tube until the tube is full. VIOLA…instant storage within minimal space. I have just one tube (since I am highly clutter-conscious) and keep it in a shoe box containing my cat’s litter box tools.
Beware of the potential clutter TRAP! One could easily keep EVERY tube and EVERY bag that passes through their hands. Determine about how many bags you use per week and keep only that many at a time. Unless you use the plastic bags daily, there is no need to keep more than one of two of these tubes stuffed with plastic bags. Please take the remainder of them back to your grocery store for reuse.
If you have a small foot-print solution that you would like to share, please add it as a comment and I’ll consider including it in a future post.
Barbara Nichols 2011