Organized Attractive Plastic Bag Storage ~ Decorated labeled plastic drawers are a handy and inexpensive way to organize a variety of plastic bags.
It is interesting how plastic bags of all kinds are used daily in our households. We end up with plastic bags after shopping trips and we can buy various kinds for different uses. All you have to do is stand in front of the food storage aisle in a grocery store and you will see lots of different choices. There are small, medium and large sizes. There are resealable and non-resealable options. There are plastic bags specially designed for freezing food and others for storing dry foods and vegetables. There are special sizes and shapes for storing sandwiches and snacks. Not only can the plastic bag choices be used to store food but anything else in a household like craft, garden, accessory and office supplies.
Plastic bags are really handy to have and use but they all need to be stored. They need to be stored in a way that is organized and convenient to use. They also need to be stored in a way that is not too bulky and does not take up too much room. As an extra I also like to create storage that is attractive at the same time! Here is how I create…
Organized Attractive Plastic Bag Storage
Plastic Shopping Bags
I actually work to reduce the amount of plastic shopping bags that come into the house by using reusable shopping bags and bins to carry my groceries and other shopping items. I like to collect shopping bags from different places as souvenirs when I am travelling. These are fun to use and are a great reminder of the trip!
That being said it is nice to have some around the house. The plastic grocery bags are handy to use as garbage bags and for messy spills. When we had our Yellow Labrador that I write about in How To Repair Grass Damaged By Dog Urine these bags were very handy to use when picking up his ‘business’. I also like to reuse the clear produce bags for storing my fruits and vegetables.
But as a guideline I only like to hang onto about ten of the plastic grocery bags and ten of the clear produce bags at a time. Once I end up with too many the rest go into the recycle bin.
There are lots of great ideas for storing plastic shopping bags. On Pinterest I have seen great ideas using disinfectant wipe containers, tissue boxes and coffee tins. There is also the classic popular fabric bag holder you can sew and the plastic version you can buy at IKEA. I never connected with these two choices because I felt they created a lot of bulk and did not fit into the storage space I had available.
So I came up with my own idea that I have been using for years. It is super organized, convenient to work with, easy to create and attractive at the same time!
I bought two single plastic drawers quite inexpensively at Walmart. Each unit is 15″ x 8″ x 6′ in size and stack quite nicely. There are several different kinds on the market.
The next thing I did was use a label maker to make a label for the grocery bags and a label for the clear bags. I also used the same label maker and created the same type of labels in Upright Freezer Organizing Ideas I decorated the front of each plastic drawer with black and white polka dot patterned washi tape. This was so quick and simple to do!
When I add bags to each drawer I just smooth them out a bit and fold them in half.
I don’t bother with much more than that because I cannot be bothered. But if you are interested in taking your plastic shopping bag storage to the next level there are some great tutorials online for how to fold them into little football packets. This one by Arlette on Polka Dot Pineapple has a great tutorial.
This is a great improvement from this….
… to this!
Purchased Plastic Storage Bags
It is also nice to have various purchased plastic storage bags on hand to help keep food and non-food items organized. The problem for me is none of the packaging is the same size making it hard to compactly and conveniently store them with the available storage space I have available in my kitchen.
I keep the sandwich size plastic bags in the same drawer as the plastic wrap, wax paper and foil. But this is a very narrow drawer and not much else will fit. This is why I came up with the idea of using a plastic storage drawer unit that has three drawers. This unit is designed for storing paper but it works beautifully for storing plastic bags too!
This is what the unit looks like.
With my label maker I made a label for the medium-size resealable freezer bags, the second label for the large-size resealable freezer bags and the third label for small and large bags that needed to be secured with a twist tie. I used a narrower version of the same black and white polka-dot patterned washi tape to decorate the front of the drawers.
Then I took the resealable plastic bags out of the packaging and placed the bags in the corresponding drawers. I even placed the twist ties in a little plastic container with the two different sized freezer bags. I now have a more streamlined storage unit for a lot of plastic bags.
Plastic Bag Storage Station
When it comes to organizing I like to create ‘stations’ by storing similar or same items as much as possible together in one location. It was really easy to create a plastic bag storage station using plastic drawer units. I am fortunate to have a large walk-in pantry and this is where I keep my plastic bag storage station.
If you look carefully at the photo you will see that I even have some space on top of the plastic drawers and this is where I store some paper lunch bags that I use to store my fresh mushrooms.
For more photos and ideas for how I organize my pantry I invite you to visit Ideas For An Organized Pantry. When you pop over there you will notice none of the bins are decorated. I am in the process of adding a bit of colour and décor to the pantry and will be blogging about that in the future so stay tuned.
If you do not have a pantry or room in your pantry to set up a plastic bag storage station using plastic drawers, you can also use the same system in a cupboard or a closet with shelving!
Final Comments: I have used this organized attractive plastic bag storage station for years and I love it because it is so convenient to work with. Even the rest of the family work with the system with no glitches!
I also prefer to use plastic storage compared to wicker, wood or cardboard when storing food or food related items. It is really easy to give these plastic drawers a quick cleaning every so often using disinfectant wipes.
Your Turn: How do you store your plastic shopping bags? Would you create an organized attractive plastic bag storage station? If so, where would you set it up?
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