Friday, November 7, 2008

WFMW: Grocery Bag Holder

I am a huge fan of re-purposing everyday items! The idea I would like to share with you is one I just learned about recently, but I can't remember where I got it from. (I'm thinking it's from Woman's Day, but I'm not positive about that.)

When I go grocery shopping, I like to keep the plastic bags that they come in. I mostly use them as trash bags in our kitchen, but I also like to stuff them in packages to provide extra cushion and also to share vegetables with our neighbors during our growing season. For the last 3 years, I've designated a drawer in the kitchen to store my neatly-folded grocery bags, but no matter how neat and orderly I stacked them, that drawer was always in a state of disarray! The very second I would pull out a bag, the whole stack would become unfolded.

The idea that I just learned is that you can take an empty kleenex box (I use the cube-shaped ones and they work really well) and stuff them with grocery bags. I admit, I was a little skeptical at first. I didn't think this would be the solution I was hoping for, but you'd be surprised how many grocery bags will fit in one of those boxes. I fold each bag as flat as it will go and shove it inside the box and I was able to fit probably close to 100 or more bags in easily! And when I want to pull one out, I'm able to get just the one instead of a whole bunch of followers!

So that's my tip. And the best part is that I got a kitchen drawer back in the process - YAY! More storage space in the kitchen is what works for me!


Dot said...

I do this as well. And we have a tissue box of bags in our van as well.

ilovemy5kids said...

Ohhh, I'm glad you posted this. We are about to go on a long trip and this will be perfect for the car. :)

Paula Constable said...

Great tip. I have done this in the house, but not in the car. I'm trying to use reusable bags for shopping, but I like to keep a few plastic bags in the car, just in case.

Just found your blog. Looks great!