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I’ve been slightly obsessed (just ask my family) with controlling the plastic shopping bags that find their way into our house. We use cloth bags when we do a lot of our shopping, but still end up with quite a few plastic shopping bags. No problem, we use them to line the smaller trash cans in our house. The problem comes with neatly containing those unruly plastic bags.
I made 2 containers, one for the linen closet upstairs and 1 for the laundry room downstairs.
The problem is that the bags get tangled in the containers. The link in my original post explains how to fold and roll the bags up together so that they’ll dispense when you pull them out. It was nifty, but took too much time to roll new bags up with the old bags. We ended up just shoving the new bags into the container and just grabbing whatever bag was on top when we needed one.
I’m not so crazy that I worry about how the bags look inside the containers, but they were often difficult to pull out or you’d pull two or three out and then have to shove them back into the container. Maybe it’s because my 3 children use these bags the most when they empty the trash cans. Maybe it’s the gremlins that come out at night. Whatever was causing the trouble, it was bugging me (said with slightly clenched jaws).
My dear neighbors and friends, Susan and Charlotte (and they’re sisters), always folded their plastic bags up into neat, compact little footballs. I helped them one time long ago. At the time I thought it was a neat idea but a little over the top.
In my frustration, I decided to give it a try in our house.
Lay the plastic bag out flat on a table.
Fold it in half lengthwise and then in thirds.
And fold the final third over. Smooth the air out of the bag.
Starting at the non-handles end, make a triangle. If you’ve been in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts or an honor guard and have flag folding experience, you’ll know exactly how to do this.
Flip the triangle over and then up and then over again until you reach the top of the handles.
Tuck the ends of the bag into the opening on the triangle.
Here’s where the tucked in handles went.
Once you get the hang of it, it only takes a few seconds to fold a bag this way. It’s worth it because I can fit almost twice as many bags into the container and they don’t get all tangled up when you pull one out. I think it’s worth the few extra seconds when I put the bags away to save seconds of frustration later when I need a bag and have to fight to get it. So, I’ve officially joined Susan and Charlotte and don’t think it’s so over the top any more.
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