Wipes Container for Plastic Bag Storage

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clorox wipes container decorated with flowered paper.
laundry room shelf with arrow pointing to plastic bags.

In the past couple of months I’ve found my house swarmed with plastic shopping bags.  Although I use cloth bags when I do my grocery shopping, those plastic bags still sneak into my home somehow.  I keep plastic shopping bags around because we use them to line trash cans.  In the past I’ve stored the plastic shopping bags in a larger bag hanging in my laundry room.

Although my laundry room has been pretty well organized, I’ve been working on better organizing my laundry room.  It’s tiny and …. well, I’m just going to say it, ugly.  If it was my house,  I’d do something (a lot of something) to this room. But since I’m a tenant, I’ve been trying to grin and bear it. There are too many things about the room that I can’t change, so I’ve been doing small, non-permanent improvements to make it more bearable.

 Make an Embellished Grocery Bag Container!!
at Tater Tots and Jello 

I stumbled upon this projects at Tater Tots and Jello {here} to store plastic shopping bags.  Since it involved repurposing an item I already had at home,  I jumped right in.  The directions were super easy on how to fold and wrap the shopping bags so they’ll “dispense” from the container.

clorox wipes container with yellow lid and card with jungle animals in front.

In place of decorative paper I used a card front from a Christmas card that I liked .  If I’m going to repurposed the wipes container and the plastic shopping bags, it just seemed appropriate to repurpose the decoration, too.

I also liked the picture because it reminds me why my family reuses plastic shopping bags. 

clorox wipes container with yellow lid with jungle animals and trash bags label.

I’m really pleased with the way it turned out.  And even better,  it works well; the plastic bags are easy to pull out.

In fact I was so pleased with this one that I quickly made another! That I like even better!


Slowly my ugly laundry room is starting to look better.  Small non-permanent changes are helping.   The repurposed wire basket holding the hand towels was the first step.   I have a few more non-permanent projects planned to make it more grin-able and less just bearable.  I just need to find some time to get on those projects. 

It’s funny how one small change can improve my opinion of a teensy tiny, ugly laundry room.
It’s especially funny when the next day I made another trash bag keeper….
decorated clorox wipes container.
… and then made a few non-permanent improvements.
an organized laundry room with text reading Even Better! next to an arrow pointing to a repurposed wipes container.
I’m now feeling more charitable about this laundry room.  More on that later.  Oh, and the original trash bag keeper moved upstairs to the linen closet to spread a little happiness there.
Update: I had so much fun with repurposing the wipes container, I had to do find another purpose for a new one.

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