Every house in America has one: a grocery bag filled more grocery bags. (Even those households that use reusable bags!) There's just no avoiding it. And while we're all about the reduce, reuse, recycle motto, sometimes those extra bags can get out of control.
Avoid a total avalanche and steal one of these smart storage ideas.
1. Ball 'em up.
Bags in a jumbled mess become, well, a jumbled mess. But according to Liz, the blogger behind Gimme Some Oven, bags that are balled up become an organized chaos that fit neatly into a jar!
See for yourself: How to Store Plastic Grocery Bags at Gimme Some Oven
2. Repurpose a tissue box.
This ingenious hack not only makes it easy to reuse plastic bags, but it also gives an empty tissue box a new use. Melissa over at Polished Habitat used Command Strips to attach the box to a cabinet door and stuffed it full of bags. When she needs one, she pulls out one at time just like, you guessed it, a tissue. Bonus points if you use a box with a cute pattern!
Get more ideas: 6 Tips to Control Cabinet Chaos at Polished Habitat
3. Hang a plastic filing box.
Pick up a plastic filing box (found at an office supply store like Staples or Office Depot) and hang it on the wall inside a pantry or closet. Kristin at Everyday Organizing used two boxes: one to hold flattened paper bags and one for all her reusable totes.
Check out some before and after pics: A Cleaner Coat Closet at Everyday Organizing
4. Try a no-sew project.
Believe it or not, this cloth holder was made using only glue and elastic. Andrew, the blogger behind Scrappy Geek, hung his in a corner, but you can stash it in a cabinet or closet.
See all the steps: No-Sew Plastic Bag Dispenser at Scrappy Geek
5. Reuse a wipe container.
Turns out, plastic wet wipe cylinders are the perfect storage solution to keeping plastic bags at the ready. Use an empty can as is or follow the lead from Jen, at Tatertots & Jello, and cover it in pretty paper. The size of the canister makes it ideal for storing in a car, meaning no more trash piles in the family mobile.
Learn how to roll the bags: Make an Embellished Grocery Bag Container at Tatertots & Jello
6. Buy a special basket.
This metal basket hangs on your cabinet door and helps you make the most of your under-the-sink space. Pack it with plastic bags or use to hold cleaning supplies if your bag collection isn't that out of control.
Buy: Grid Cabinet Door Organizer, $21 at Wayfair
How do you organize your extra shopping bags?