The Free Pantry Organizer That’s Already Hiding in Your Closet

published Feb 8, 2022
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This winter weather means now is the perfect time to curl up on the couch, grab some serious snacks (we’re thinking popcorn, chips, candy, and cookies!), and catch up on all of those much-talked-about, binge-worthy television shows. Open whatever you want! Those Simply Cheetos White Cheddar Puffs? Do it! A bag of peanut butter-filled pretzels from TJ’s? Open it! That bag of Stacy’s Pita Chips? Enjoy!

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See, we support opening bags with abandon — because we’ve got the perfect trick to help you keep all of those opened treats nice and fresh. Hint: If you have a closet full of broken and cracked plastic hangers, you’ll love this tip even more (because it gives those old hangers another life before they’re tossed). Ready to learn our trick?

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Use the clips from an old plastic pants hanger to neatly close up your snack bags.

This is a great tip for plastic pants hangers that have become too bent or cracked over time. It also works, too, if your baby’s clothing has outgrown those cute tiny hangers; you can still easily make use of the clips.

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Here’s what you do: Grab an old plastic pants hanger — the kind with two pinched clips — and carefully use scissors to cut off the clips. It might take some super strength, depending on how sharp your scissors are or how thick the hanger is. You can also try bending the clip back and forth so it weakens the plastic. Some clips might actually just pop right off — no scissors needed. No matter what, just be sure you choose a hanger that has somewhat sturdy pinchers.

Then, once you’ve successfully cut off the clamps, simply take your newly fashioned, DIY bag clips and close up all of your snacks. Just roll the bag down closed and pinch. Then, line your bags up neatly, and you’re all set!

How do you organize your bagged snacks? Tell us in the comments below.