What do you do to keep them neat and tidy and convenient enough to use them again? Well, I tested out the three technique that I thought were the best options I could find:
- Cleaning wipes container
- Kleenex container
- Folding into triangles
In all three options I used 6 plastic bags just so I could easily compare how well they hold the same amount.
The first method I tried was to put plastic bags in the disposable cleaning cloths container. Someone on a blog did this and covered the outside of the bottle with pretty scrapbook paper. It really did look nice and I would have done this if I felt this was a viable option, but I really didn't. I have a hard enough time getting those cleaning cloths out without pinching a finger or scratching the back of my hand.
There were two flaws with this technique. Firstly, I should have cut out the prongs that keep the wipes from coming out in clumps because it ripped the bags as they were pulled out. Secondly, the bags are next to impossible to get out from the bottom. The first 2 came out because I could easily reach them, the last few I have to get a chopstick out to bring them to the top.
The second method I tested was using a Kleenex box to house the bags.I didn't have any empty tissue boxes on hand, but I had purchased a Kleenex box cover for a future craft so I tried that.
Triangle Folding Plastic Bags
My mother-in-law has always folded her plastic bags and I never realized how easy and space saving it was. You might think it is not worth the time (30 seconds per bag) to fold the bags but this is by far my favorite method to store/organize plastic bags.
You start by flattening the bag, tucking in the side folds.
If I had to rank the methods, they would be in the following order:
- Triangle Folding
- Kleenex Box
- Cleaning Wipe container
Look at the size difference between the three methods. All hold 6 but look how small the 6 folded bags are.
I have used a long tube of fabric with elastic on both ends before to hold the bags, but it also really doesn't save much space.
What do you do with your plastic bags? Give it a try to fold them and let me know what you think!
I will be back on Christmas stuff very soon! I did a great ornament with the kids yesterday that I can't wait to share.
Have a great day,