How to store plastic bags.

I have spent the past 2 days looking at every possible way to store plastic bags on the Internet. Pinterest, for example, has about 10 really cool looking ways to store them that are linked to over and over again.

You know the types of bags I’m talking about. Those plastic grocery bags you have to use when you run into the grocery store without your reusable cloth bags, because you left them sitting in your trunk.

The people of Pinterest, for some reason, believe I want to iron, fold, flatten out or roll my plastic bags. I do not. I want to shove them. I don’t care if they look particularly cute while sitting under my sink. I don’t care if they impress people with how cleverly they’re arranged. I want to shove them under my sink so they’re easy to get at and don’t float around the entire cupboard when I want to grab one.

Why, after bashing around the grocery store with a cart that alternates between only going right and skidding to a stop every few feet, coming home putting away the groceries, realizing I forgot the mandarin oranges and the inevitable cleaning out the fridge to make room for the peppertettes I was again compelled to buy … would I want to sit down on the floor, flatten and fold all my plastic bags into thirds, lay them on top of each other and roll them into a tube? I would not.

The intention of course was to find a brilliant way for storing plastic bags, which I would then introduce to you. I could picture it immediately. Me finding the ultimate plastic bag storage idea, implementing and photographing it under flattering light, you my adoring readers gasping and holding your hands to your hearts. This was exactly how Nobel Prizes were won.

But all of the ideas were … O.K., if I’m being my true self … they were ridiculous. If I’m being “hey I’m a blogger and every idea has at least some good in it …, they were ridiculous.

The worst thing about these storage ideas and in fact, dare I say it, Pinterest in general, is it’s often based around super-cute photos. I love Pinterest for inspiration but when it comes to some of the DIYS, they excel more at highlighting the overuse of  chalkboard lettering than actual usability.

The biggest problem with all of the plastic bag storage solutions was they took too much time to do and … they didn’t work. One suggestion was to stuff all your plastic bags in a can with a plastic lid, cut a slit in the lid and pull the bags you’ve shoved into the can out. Great. Paint the can all pretty and stuff.


The problem with this solution is  it’s only the first bag that will pull out of the can and the rest just stay shoved in there until you pop the lid off to pull one out and 5 or 6 randomly assert their freedom at the same time.

The other big one on Pinterest was the flag fold.  Laying out any garbage/plastic bag and folding it up into a triangle like a tiny flag to be presented to a family of freedom fighting mice.



I’ve done it before.  I’ll admit it.  I’ve done the flag bag.  It’s the kind of thing you’d sit and do while watching television.  But it isn’t a solution for a quick way to stash plastic bags.


Then there’s the roll er up solution.  This involves laying out you plastic bags, bag by bag, flattening them out and then folding them in half.  Then you place bag after bag after bag on top of each other until you’ve run out of room or bags or sanity and then you roll them up.  This creates a neat little roll of plastic bags that you’re supposed to be able to pull out from the centre with the next bag following in succession.




The first problem with this is the fact that when you come home with more plastic bags in a day or two you can’t just add them to the roll.  You have to save the bags up and wait until you have enough saved to make another roll.  Which means you shove them under your sink like you always did and never, ever make another roll again.

The rest of the suggestions were too ridiculous to even consider.  Like sewing an old shirt up and filling it with plastic bags.  Huh?  People are even reupholstering boxes and crates complete with trim, piping and batting.  omg.  I just wanna find a place to shove my grocery bags and it’s looking more and more like that place is going to be up Pinterest’s ass.

Don’t misunderstand. I will spend an inordinate amount of time on ridiculous things.  This Sparkle wipe dispenser for instance.  But some things are worth my time and other things aren’t.   YOU may think an upholstered, piped crate specifically for your bags that will take up more room than just shoving them inside themselves in your cupboard is a great way to spend your time because you love reupholstering and you just ran out of solid white, 2,000 piece  jigsaw puzzles to do.  But I do not.

To each his or her own.  (I’m just saying that to at least appear somewhat accommodating on the subject)

So what was my solution?  How did I solve the great grocery bag dilemma?

I didn’t.

You’re up.
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  1. Jamie Lynn says:

    i use an old tube sock. no lie. cut off part of the toe, stuff them in the top and pull out the toe hole. i have it hung up inside the cabinet next to the trash can.

    • Kyle says:

      Hi! I’m a little inept this morning and couldn’t figure out how to comment outside of replying.

      I use the SimpleHuman grocery bag dispenser. It’s amazing! You affix it to the inside of your cabinet and then shove the bags in the top and there’s a side slit that you pull them out of. It’s glorious.

    • Kay says:

      I use old tissue boxes you can stuff several into the empty box, they pull out for things you need to use them for. I think I have gotten as many as 30 into one box at a time

      • Kari says:

        This. My mother always did it this way and it worked really well. (I currently have no system, but then I only ever keep about 3 bags in the house at a time).

  2. Lesley says:

    I keep mine in a flat-bottomed paper carrier bag under the sink beside my wee garbage bin. The flat bottom means it stays upright. I tie each of the plastic bags in a large loose knot so that when I pull one out of the paper bag only that one bag comes out, and also I can fit more in that way. I use most of them in my garbage can.

    • Ashley says:

      That’s precisely what I do, and I find it very convenient! The large loose knot is key to the bags not getting caught up on other bags in the storage.


  3. Lori says:

    I admit, I am a flag folder. I “fold my flags” right after I put my groceries away–I feel like I am being productive while giving myself a ‘break’, more bags fit in one place, and it gives my friends some thing to tease me about. Multi-tasking at its finest!

    • Tanya B says:

      I am a flag folder too, and everyone gives me a hard time about it. I just laugh and point out how many bags I have in one tiny spot, and they usually walk away shaking their heads.

  4. Debbie from Illinois says:

    I have a wall mounted plastic bag holder from Ikea hanging on the wall in my pantry to store my bags. In my RV I have a empty tissue box I store bags in. That works pretty well.

    • Karen says:

      Yes, I actually saw the tissue box idea and thought it might have potential. I use a paper towel tube for storing all the light, plastic produce bags I end up with. I love those bags. I seem to use them over and over all the time. ~ karen!

      • Beckie says:

        I use a cube style tissue box and it works wonderfully. WHen it would get beat up, I’d just save a new box. Last year, my young niece was into covering every possible surface in pretty duct tape and she did tissue boxes (because she saw it on Pinterest, the tweens use them for pencils & markers, I’m told) I asked her to cover a couple of cube boxes for me and they have held up amazingly.

        Without the tape reinforcement, I’d say one box would usually last at least a year, maybe longer.

      • JMC says:

        Yes on the tissue box. Just ball the bag up and shove it in there. I used the rectangular box – have had the same one for a couple of years.

      • Andrea says:

        Just converted to tissue box. You can just shove them in but what is really spiffy and only takes an extra second – put a bag in so the handle is sticking out the top like a Kleenex would be. Easy to grab. When you have another bag to shove in you stick the closed end through the handle of the bag sticking out a little way and shove the bags in until just the handle of the new bag is sticking up. Keep doing that. If you put the bags in that way, each time you pull one out, a new one pops up (the way Kleenex does)

    • danni says:

      The IKEA one is perfect. I had to use more screws, 3-m stickies and nails to get it good and stuck so I can really rank on it when both I shove them in and tear them out, but it was $3 maybe? and solved my problem. I keep one inside the door of the pantry and one in the garage (so I can get bags quickly for all kinds of outside/car/pet/garage crises).

      • Tracy says:

        I love my IKEA bag holder! It’s perfect!

      • Jenny says:

        Our house came with an IKEA plastic bag holder. I love it. It’s super handy and really stands up to tons of bags being shoved in it and then yanked out.
        My mom had a double oven when I was in high school. We rarely used the bigger bottom oven bc it had a tendency to blow the kitchen fuse so my mom would stuff all our plastic bags in there (plus the ubiquitous roaster pan, etc). That was always fun when visitors realized that our oven was full of plastic bags. 🙂 And I can tell you that not once did anyone forget to take the bags out before starting the oven. Because that would just be silly.

    • I’m a big fan of the Ikea doo-dad. It has holes all over so you can pull a bg out from just about anywhere and it’s CHEAP.

    • Carswell says:

      I got one of those years ago. It hangs in my basement stairwell – the door is in the kitchen. Works for me.

  5. Anne says:

    Stuff another plastic bag full of all the others. When you have it so full that you are starting on the second one, take the first one, fully loaded back to the store to be recycled. Or you can use the overflow to use as packing when you are sending stuff anywhere. OR, when worse comes to worse, you could just put them in the trash. I use many of mine as daily small trash bags as ours is only hauled away once a week. Cuts down on the odor.

    • Karen says:

      That’s exactly what I do now Anne, lol. I don’t like it because it takes up too much space and floats all over the place in the cupboard. I need something more compact I think. The sock idea is lookin’ pretty good actually. Did you see that comment? ~ karen!

      • Suzanne says:

        I do this, too, but I hang the bag that is full of the other bags on the door handle inside my pantry/laundry room.

      • Gwennie says:

        Using a piece of PVC piping would do the job and look sleek at the same time… adding chalkboard paint is optional.

      • Deb says:

        I put two small cup hooks on the inside of the cabinet door under my sink. Hang a bag by its handles and stuff all the others inside. I also cut the legs off of a pair of sweatpants once, because who doesn’t think sweatshorts are a fashion statement. I hung one of the up on a hook with the elastic ankle at the bottom. It’s perfect. Shove the bags in the top and pull them one at a time out the bottom.

      • Margaret says:

        The ikea one is the best. I have one under the sink that I use for the clear plastic produce bags. I use those for the compost bin on the counter and I keep another one in the broom closet with grocery sized plastic bags that I use to line waste paper baskets. It’s really sturdy and awesome. I only just adopted the separation policy two months ago and I am amazed by how much more practical it is!!

      • Judy says:

        I roll a second roll of bags up and use one bag around the middle of the roll to keep it from unrolling. When my can gets down to the last two or three bags, I untie my spare roll, add the loose bags and put them in the can. I am good to go pretty quickly.

  6. Wendi Miller says:

    Okay folks, Karen’s talking to YOU! And I’m waiting patiently for your awesome ideas because I, too, have been searching for the best way to store these grocery bags. I was just getting ready to try the stagger-stack and roll idea, but I didn’t realize you couldn’t add more bags to the roll. Pffftt! Having the “roll” of bags AND a bag of bags waiting to be rolled pretty much defeats the purpose, which is basically trying to use our space more efficiently! Looking forward to some freakin’ cool ideas… ;o)

  7. Sheryl says:

    First, what in heck are peppertettes? And do I need some? My solution is almost like the tube sock. I found a cloth tube/bag at goodwill that is only open on top. I just wad em up and stuff em in (or yank em out). Warning! Once I had a horrible odor in my pantry worse by the day, until I finally took every can out to see if one was leaking and rotting or what. Moved every last stinking item in that pantry and the smell just got worse. About a week later after holding our breath to use the pantry my hubby came swinging that damn bag of bags in front of my nose. OMG. Apparently one of the grocery bags had a bit of blood, intestines or brains on the inside. Don’t forget to check this hotbed of germy odoriferous if you have a pantry smell.

    • Karen says:

      Pepperettes are small dried pepperoni sticks. Italian style pepperoni. Pretty much everyone needs them. They do not include brains as far as I know. ~ karen!

  8. melanie dahlan says:

    I do the loose knot too. It makes the bag real small and easy to grab

  9. SusanKate says:

    I’ve used this forever. It’s screwed into the inside of my pantry cabinet and you can cram way more bags into it than anybody can think is possible. I usually use my bags for lunch bags for work.

    • Ev Wilcox says:

      Mine looks different, but works the same way. But most of the bags get shoved into a bin and when there a lot of them they go back to grocery store for recycle. I use them for many things–hope they don’t ban them here. Since we are very into recycling I don’t feel guilty saying that!

  10. Mel says:

    I’m in California, so I haven’t seen one of these plastic bags in months. We can still get them in the produce section, but I find that they’re not durable enough to be saved. We used to have one of the Ikea things that’s been mentioned, and somewhere, there’s a tube of fabric with elastic at both ends and a ribbon to hang it with. It’s a prettier version of the tube-sock thing.

    • Karen says:

      You have to pay for plastic bags here if you forget your totes. The only place that doesn’t have bags at all is Ikea. If you forget your tote you’re screwed. ~ karen!

    • Pam says:

      Yep, I’m in SF where most plastic bags are banned. Not to be too preachy, but it’s really not hard to bring your own reusable bags. I keep a foldable bag in my purse for when I’m on foot, and several in my car for grocery runs. When I did have those yucky plastic bags around (to use for litter box duty) I stashed them in a drawer. Though I do like Jamie Lynn’s tube sock storage!

      • Karen says:

        Yes, I know, that’s why I mentioned the pile of them in my trunk, lol. But no matter how hard you try, there are going to be times when you do forget them. Or don’t bring enough of them. It’s not particularly hard to always have tampons on hand either but everyone runs out of those at one point or another too. It’s just life. Besides I like having the odd plastic bag around. I use them for storing chicken carcasses in the freezer for making soup later, for used kitty litter, lining garbage cans etc. ~ karen!

        • Pam says:

          I feel like there’s a witty comeback linking tampons to your ‘up Pinterest’s ass’ comment but I can’t quite come up with it. 🙂

          • Karen says:

            Probably a butt plug joke would work well in there too if we finesse it a bit too. We might have to restart this entire conversation from the get go and see if we can’t get it right. ~ karen!

    • Nancy says:

      Same here, no plastic bags. I have to shop out of town to get a supply. My mom made everyone those tubes with elastic at the top and bottom out of nice teas towels but she shoves her own into an empty 12 can coke box. Coca cola, that is. The tea towel things work great. I never thought in a million years of folding a bag. Those people probably have attractively folded fitted sheets too.

    • Elizabeth Sellon says:

      That’s what I have too. It works great hangs inside my undersink cabinet. Easy in, easy out and pretty to boot! Anything that doesn’t fit in sleeve gets put in my reusable totes and recycled on the next trip to the store.

  11. Karen says:

    This was my mother’s idea. She took a tea towel, folded it in half long ways, stitched a seam up the side, making a tube. Then sewed some elastic around one end in a gathered sleeve fashion. Sewed a 10 inch length of grosgrain ribbon on the top like a handle. Hang by the ribbon on a hook, shove the bags in the top all the way to the bottom. Pull them out the bottom. Gravity does the rest.

    • dee says:

      And it works great! I got a whack of them for a quarter each at Sally Ann once-great stocking stuffers!

    • Martha says:

      My mother-in-law made me one of these fabric holders, complete with a loop for hanging. I’ve had it for years, works like a charm. Mine has elastic on the top and bottom, I guess to keep them from floating out the top which seems to be a particular frustration for you Karen – the floating I mean. You could have one whipped up on your fancy sewing machine in no time! (If you’re thinking of posting it on Pinterest maybe monogram it first…)

      • Audrey says:

        I wondered when someone would mention this one. I make them out of fabric and sell them at the gift shop at the local senior center. Just a tube, open at both ends, elastic, hanging loop at the top, doesn’t take much fabric, great way to use up remnants. I have mine hanging on the outside of my pantry door. I use lots of plastic bags for kitty litter and other garbage. I “forget” to take my totes into the grocery store occasionally when I begin to run out of plastic bags. 🙂

    • This is my technique too. I think the tube sock would probably work pretty similarly without the need for elastic. The tea towel has greater capacity though.

  12. I admit I smooth out and fold the bags twice each direction and then push them into an empty Kleenex box. The box holds an incredible amount of bags. I pull one out each weak to line my kitchen trash , and they come out easily every time. When I can’t get any more in the box, the rest go into the store recycle bin. The box nestles nicely in a kitchen drawer.

  13. Karen says:

    i have a holder my grandmother made from a tea towel… Kind of needs to hang on something, but definitely has the “just shove them in” thing going for it … Something like this:

  14. Melanie says:

    Ikea, of course, have a very simple solution… the VARIERA plastic bag dispenser, attach it to the inside of a cupboard door, stuff your bags in any which way and then pull them out of any of the multiple holes… easy fix!

  15. Christy says:

    Shove them all in one bag. Done. Or….take ’em back to the store and put them in their ‘recycle your bags’ container.

    I like the tube sock idea though.

    What is a pepperette.

    Oh, and Karen you are very funny btw.

  16. Laura says:

    My sweet, old man neighbor likes to bring me treasures from the Goodwill. Once he brought a 15″ tall, narrow blue & white china vase that works perfectly for shoving those bags into while making them easily accessible to grab when needed. It tucks into a little spot on the floor in my kitchen.

    • Langela says:

      I like this idea and will have to look for some sort of antique enamel coffee pot or something to do this with. That way it can sit out looking all pretty and stuff and be useful, too.

  17. Anti Kate says:

    I keep the reusable bags in the car, inside the hard plastic cooler that lives back there, too. When I was training myself to use them, and I would forget them in the house, I had to BUY MORE of them when I was checking out at the store. Fiscal punishment and feeling dopey mostly did the trick for me. I now own about 20 of these bags and usually at least half of them are in the car.

    The cheap plastic bags? I try not to bring them home, and if I must, they get recycled immediately with the other plastics.

  18. KiwiKat says:

    I was trying to find a picture – this is the closest I’ve found – of the type of thing we use. This is far fancier though…our one is drawstring top and bottom and is simply a tube. The drawstring is great because you can tighten or loosen it, depending on how “stuffed” the tube is with bags…

  19. Debbie says:

    “I have spent the past 2 days looking at every possible way to store plastic bags on the Internet.”

    Karen, I was wondering why you wanted to store your plastic bags on the Internet? Not very convenient for retrieval!

    That said, we store our plastic grocery bags in the lady who hangs on the door’s rear end! We’ve been going this for years. Someone just puts their hand up her rear and grabs a bag. We even let company do it!

    I do think ours is prettier, but here is the idea:

    There is a loop on her head to hand her on a door knob or a hook. I know, she is a little loopy.

    • Langela says:

      I was going to say the same thing- why would you store plastic bags on the internet? Is it a real thing? Why have I never heard of this before? So, once you get this other, trivial, thing figured out, please tell us how to store them on the internet.

      Btw, I cram mine into an empty coffee can and snap the lid back on. When it’s so full you spill them upon opening, you have enough– dispose or recycle them.

  20. Linda says:

    We use the reusable cloth bags here, but I can definitely relate to the stray plastic bag with the “stink” to it! We usually just ball em up and stuff em in a bag that’s a little bigger to collect em for the small trash cans as liners or when cleaning out the litter box…double up a couple of those puppies and no worry about stinky litter following you out the door…because one of the bags had a pin hole big enough to allow a leak…or we’ll just use it to toss an entire plastic bowl of mystery science project that was left in the fridge…for who knows how long…and you’re afraid to open it to find out what it might have been…Just toss said unopened bowl (this step is important…DO NOT LIFT THE LID OF SAID BOWL!) into those handy plastic bags and toss into your recycling bin outside. You’re good to go! Pepperettes sound awesome (pepperoni freak here)!

  21. Valerie says:

    My way of coping with the plastic bags is the end result of trying many of the suggestions above and being frustrated with them. I have a large bottle the type in which restaurants receive salad dressings etc. I like it because it is heavy (important) and doesn’t move around in the bottom cupboard where it lives. When I get home from the grocery store I unpack one bag of groceries and then wrap the bag around my fingers (no knot or ties) and put it in the bottle. They appear one at a time when I need them – little circles. Since I have a septic system I cannot put liquified fats down the sink – I simply pour into a plastic bag and put it in the garbage. I tried the cardboard tissue box thingo but this moved around in the cupboard too much and the opening was too small. On a side note: an elderly lady in this village cuts her bags into strips and knits them with giant needles into waterproof carry alls which I am delighted to say I am recipient; great for wet bathing suits and they keep lunches dry in rainy weather – pure genius!

  22. Kimberly M says:

    I tie mine in a knot and shove them in a bag in my laundry room… Once in a while I’ll remember to recycle them, but mostly they are just used for cat poop and bathroom trash cans. I have used them as packing fluff during one of our several moves over the years. They work great for wrapping up cups, plates, candles, other breakables. Since we’re about to move again to another base I’ve been stockpiling them for that very reason lol. Cheaper than bubble wrap.

  23. Holly says:

    Mine isn’t pretty or perfect, but works OK. I stuff all of them inside one bag, and have the bag shoved in-between the wall and the refrigerator – a space of about 4 inches. When it’s stuffed full enough, the bag will stay put. It’s unobtrusive. It works fine as long as you don’t ball all of them up after a shopping trip. Shove them in separately. Then you just pluck from the top. I re-use them constantly – for food scraps that will start to stink before the trash pick-up (3 or 4), dog poop, small trash liners, stuffed around breakable ornaments in storage container, etc.

    • Patti says:

      Between the fridge and wall technique is mine too!!! I have less space then you so stuffing it up is a breeze! Where I need it, can’t really see it, no rolling or fussing, just stuff it. I use them for all things already mentioned. Also, when i shop at those places that have more”quality” bags, i stuff them into one and stuff high away from those inferior bags (cat poop bags and such) and save for family and friends take-out bags … I cook a lot and have an abundant garden! This is my non-system system of handling those pesky but useful bags!

  24. shuckclod says:

    I use a square puffs / kleenex box. It will hold 25 or so. I cut one in half for veggie bags that fit in the drawer. Save your empty boxes for all kinds of stuff (crap). They are already printed cute. I keep them out in the garage.

  25. Katbert says:

    Dear Karen … Do you realize you wrote 19 paragraphs about how to store plastic bags? We need to talk because I’m on your page!

  26. Barbara H. says:

    I have a lovely ethnic woven bag/basket with long string type handles that I needed to find a use for. Lo and behold – it hangs on a pantry cabinet looking lovely with the plastic bags stuffed inside. Good looking, easy and gives the bag/basket a wonderful purpose.

  27. Chris says:

    I find it easy to use a little dollar store gizmo that hangs below a shelf (not sure if you have a shelf under the sink, I don’t so I use a shelf in my laundry room) just shove the bags into it. So far it is the best solution for me, and I use another one to store my lunch bags, which are usually just the cute Pier One plastic coated gift bags. Here is an example of the gizmo I mean…

  28. Elaine Killingsworth says:

    Karen, the bag dispenser I use works great for me. I have a hand towel folded and sewn the long way with elastic in both ends so the openings are about the size of a large bracelet. I just pack the bags in at the top and pull one out from the bottom. When it is too full for any more stuffing, I put the others in my second bag dispenser in my car. I also have a third and fourth one in the garage and storage shed. I love these bag dispensers.—Elaine

  29. Joy says:

    I’ve used a recycle bin (the stackable, lidded bins from Ikea), jammed them between the fridge and the cabinet (big no no, I know, but it’s still my favorite method), and now I think I’ll try the suggestion to stuff them into a pretty vase or some non slip thing I can set on the counter or under the sink. I gave up for a while and shoved them into an empty beer case in my laundry room because I didn’t want to deal with the explosion of bags everywhere (we are always high class around here). 😉 And all the “I use reusable bags” saints probably fart rainbows. Good for you. Not very practical for me. Farting rainbows, that is. My husband uses our reusable bags carrying his food between the fire station and home.

  30. Laurinda says:

    I do the quick little circles, no knots, like Valerie. Because it makes me think I’m saving room. As for storing them, I have the cloth tube also. Mine matches my kitchen, & it’s handy enough to dig one out of the top when I need one.
    I hope you find the miracle you’re looking for!

  31. Rachel San Diego says:

    For years, we kept ***some*** plastic bags in a nifty cloth bag that my sister made that was cinched open at each end and could therefore accept bags being shoved into it and pulled back out of it easily. We tied it to the oven door handle and it worked great until I got tired of looking at it. (I say some because inevitably we ended up with too many bags and they just rolled around in my trunk or various closets for awhile until I got fed up and threw them out).

    Then I got smart. I inherited some extra large plastic tubs with lids from my sister– the kind that you get at Costco that contain 5lbs of pretzels. Tall and see-through. I prettied them up by removing the labels and spray painting the kids white (to block the pretzel signage), and divided plastic bags among the three containers by size. One for extra large bags (like the kind you get when you purchase containers at the Container Store), one for medium, one for regular sized bags. The containers are on a shelf in our garage and I’m pleased to say that the system works a year later; my husband even manages to get it right. We use mostly reusable canvas totes, but love having a system for the plastic bags we still receive and reuse.

  32. Agnes says:

    Forget the disposable bags, can someone please give a suggestion on how to store my mountain of REUSABLE BAGS?! They are constantly spilling out of the front closet. They don’t mash up as nicely as the plastic ones. I too am not interested in bag origami. First world problems, right Karen?!

    • Karen says:

      I’ve just started refusing the reusable bags when they’re offered to me for free. FORGET IT. God. And most of them are made out of some sort of polyester and therefore aren’t recyclable. I’m kindda thinking we got this wrong. Anyhow, if you don’t have a trunk, just keep the number of bags you think you need. Seriously we only need so many, and take the rest to a local thrift store so they can use them for other people’s purchases. That is my 5 second suggestion. I might come up with something better after a third coffee. ~ karen!

  33. Tracie says:

    Well. You bag. (get it?) I couldn’t resist….I have to admit that I did not read any comments this time, nor did I look up anything on Pinterest. Also, I am most recently…single. I thought I might find a unique way to store grocery bags tonight, instead I apparently found a sounding board for my new found freedom….I think I like that. Thanks, Karen.

    • Karen says:

      !!! From the sound of your comment Tracie I’m not sure whether to off you condolences or congratulations, lol. I suspect it’s a bit of both. You’ll be amazed at the things you suddenly have time to do and want to do now. It’s a whole new world. 🙂 ~ karen!

  34. Kathy says:

    When I struggle with something it doesn’t feel like I am one of many, it’s me and whatever the hell is the current problem. You have rung the bell of our common struggle. Ain’t you great. All across the continent we are all stuffing these into tubes, boxes, or a parent bag. I use the tall square tissue box. If I am using a bag at home it is for something messy, so I always hold the handles and lift the bag up towards light looking for the pin hole that fooled me once. And when the light shines through that pin hole it’s aha, score. The others get folded and stuffed in the tissue box. Weeding out the pin holes is pure satisfaction.

  35. Auntiepatch says:

    Like Kathy above, I shove mine in a tissue box. I also use them for trash can liners and put 2-3 in at one time so that I can just tie the handles of the top bag, lift it out, and the bag below is ready to go.

  36. Camille says:

    LOL – I keep mine shoved into a giant plastic bag that’s hanging from a “Command Hook” on the back of my laundry room door!

  37. shauna says:

    Wine box – it has a hole like a mouse hole where the wine bag was. Take the bag out after you drink all the wine (could be a fun “craft” in itself)… stuff – don’t fold, don’t roll, don’t worry – just stuff bags into the top of the box and pull them out the hole. Works. You may now cheer.

  38. stephanie says:

    I don’t have any plastic bags to save. My grocery store doesn’t have plastic bags and they will very begrudgingly give you a paper bag if you’ve forgotten your cloth bags or you can buy a new cloth bag for ninety-nine cents. I have over one hundred cloth bags now and am wondering if you have any ideas for storing them – it’s going to be a problem for many people soon as other grocery stores start this practice.

  39. Danee says:

    We stuff them one by one in one of those big cold food bags that you can find at the store and pull them out as we need them (which is often because we use them for garbage and recycling and then recycle the bags!) We live in Spain, where there is no curbside pickup, recycling and trash bins are grouped together in parking areas throughout our village. It’s also hot hot hot here for most of the year so garbage can’t sit around for more than a day so the grocery bags make perfect sized bags for getting the stinky stuff out of the house. Because of the heat, we aren’t allowed to use the trash bins when the sun is out, there is a heavy duty fine if you get caught putting trash in during daylight and your neighbors who live closer to the bin than you do will give you the stink eye and the old ladies will put a curse on you, the old village men will run over one of your 5 cats’ tail, causing nerve damage and making you express cat urine several times a day for the next month. The good news is you can reuse and recycle those disposable pads that you express Baby Kitty’s urine on to, along with the bag that you put them in!

  40. Louise says:

    I use this super-easy/lazy and very unimaginative method; I simply stuff them into half the cupboard under the sink. There are lots (and LOTS!) in there, so I can just reach in and grab one. Once in a blue moon I’ll have 2 come out at once, but no biggie! I even store stuff in that part of the cupboard; large vases (rarely used) go under the bags, dishwasher soap goes right by the cupboard door. And think of all the time I save by just gathering up all the bags and shoving them into the cupboard!

  41. Grammy says:

    I have one of those “shoe storage” things made of vinyl, with rows of pockets on it, that’s supposed to hang on the back of a closet door, I guess. They were always worthless for shoes, but I got one about 30 years ago and hung it on a nail on the side wall of a closet. Whenever I get a plastic bag of any size from any store (grocery, drug, hardware, clothing, toy, etc.) I jam them into the pickets of the shoe holder. You’d be amazed how many you can stuff into each pocket. When I need a bag, I just reach in the closet and pull one out. If it’s not the size I want, it gets stuffed back in and I choose another. I always have the right size and strength bag for whatever it is because they come from all kinds of stores.

    Do they still make those shoe holders? Maybe for dorm rooms? It was cheap when I bought it and has never torn or failed in any way, no matter how much I cram into each pocket.

  42. Laurie says:

    You so crack me up! Mine are stuffed under the kitchen sink and they are quite happy there. I have enough to do than to rack my brain about grocery bags and besides, I go through them like wildfire. I would never complete a bag storage before I had to pull them apart to use them.

  43. Jenny W says:

    Alas, I am one of “those” people, with a big ‘ol plastic bag, full of plastic bags. :/

  44. Susan says:

    I’ve got an antique french baguette holder – it’s beautiful – and it is stuffed full of plastic bags.

  45. Jack Ledger says:

    Without having read all the brilliant suggestions offered in the 43 comments made prior to mine I offer my 2 cents worth, which, by the way, is the cost of a plastic grocery bag. My gene pool left me abandon off to the side of the road when it comes to innovative artistic ideas relating to creating many of the ideas submitted by your readers. And so, I rely on the entrepreneurs out there who came up this ingenious product. Appropriately, this is a long plastic tube with a number of 2 inch holes stamped into it. The bags are stuffed into the top of it and removed through any one of the many holes situated down the length of the tube. It works well and fits nicely on the inside of the cabinet door under one’s sink. For those of you out there who were blessed with the creative artistry of Martha Stewart or Karen I am sure you could probably build your own.

    • Karen says:

      That sounds like one of those Ikea things everyone is suggesting. ~ karen!

      • Emma says:

        It is, I have one in our laundry room. Works great. For my hall closet shelf upstairs I have a wonderful Umbra tall stainless container that has a large oval cut-out in front. It sits, is compact, I can stuff many bags in it and one comes out at a time. You stuff them in from the top hole. Umbra and IKEA make the best products for us OCD people…you too Karen, lol! Oxo too. So check online and let us know what you decide to go with! The $2 Ikea thingy is still my vote for cheap and cheerful.

  46. Sally says:

    I leave mine in my blue recycling bin. Since I’m a stay at home mom , I’m the only person who bothers to put anything in the bin -so everything goes in rinsed (so its clean) and then I pull them out of the bin (Directly besides my door in the garage, it’s an open the door and toss setup) . By the end of them month when my MONTLY recycling pickup happens ( you can’t imagine the cardboard I collect, and I am big on homemade things so this still befuddles me) then I start all over. I might take a couple bags out to keep a small stash but other than that no more bags floating around all over the place. Plus the fact that those re-usable bags are sturdier and only cost 99 cents I will often just send people away with the ones I like the least 🙂

    I am surprised you have never seen the dispensers they all at dollarama, they also do well hung on a hook in the back of your closet. My grandmother always had a lady with a dress and you stuffed the bags up her dress, very similar to your mothers system, just a prettier package on the outside.

  47. Carol Hogan says:

    I have a long cloth tube with elastic at the top and bottom. Simple to make and could be “prettied up.” Stuff them in the top. Pull them out the bottom. Holds quite a few bags and works great. It has a loop at the top and hangs on the door handle in my pantry.

  48. DanniS says: Stainless Steel wall mounted grocery bag dispenser 9.99. Practical and fancy 🙂 works perfectly. Buy it, mount it, then drop the mic and walk away.

  49. Kathryn says:

    I so rarely take the right number of bags in to the store that now I only take one for any tiny things and just load everything else back in the cart and put it in the bags in the trunk. Any stray plastic bags are stuffed behind the recycle bin under the sink. I use them in bathroom garbage and layer 4 or 5 in each can, so I only have to do it every couple of months (take out the inner one when it needs to be emptied). Yes, they do tumble out once in a while, but I don’t really think about them in between.

  50. Aprl says:

    I use one of those stackable dog food containers that’s supoosed to hold a 40# bag. Always hated filling the thing so one day I started stuffing it with bags. They never fall out, the bags are easy to grab and it will hold millions of bags. My solution isn’t exactly compact, but it works for me, cause it’s in a closet and it’s something I had..

  51. Eileen says:

    I have a canvas vertical shoe holder on my closet rod and use however pockets I need for the bags. Also, get dogs. You’ll use up those bags faster than you can imagine every time you walk them. Those bags went from being a giant nuisance to “wow, I really need those”.

  52. Tigersmom says:

    Who knew that plastic bag storage would elicit so many responses?

    I used to stuff my bags into another bag and then stuff that onto a shelf in the closet with the pet supplies and rain boots. Recently I started folding them lengthwise a couple of times as I empty them, stacking that and then folding it in half to stuff it slightly more neatly onto the same already stuffed shelf in the closet. The reason for the change is because the bags are now a good bit thicker and sturdier than the glorified tissue paper they had become that would literally tear open if you gave it more than a passing glance and I wanted to be able to grab the good ones quickly when I needed one.

    The reason for the change in the bags is a ban of sorts that went into place at the first of the year here. Plastic bags are 5 cents apiece to encourage people to not use them. This and my germophobic tendencies that are rubbing off on me from my husband’s much more severe case are not enough of a deterrent for me. Sixty cents added to my grocery bill for twelve of the stronger bags that I will undoubtedly find another use for around the house is fine with me. Plus, then I don’t get the willies over reusing a germ laden cloth or pseudo-cloth (whatever that weird stuff that most shopping bags are made of that is not quite plastic and not quite cloth but doesn’t appear washable and does appear like a great place for germs to grab onto and thrive) bag that I have to find a proper method to store because they don’t wad up as tiny as the plastic ones.

  53. Janice says:

    I have no suggestions for your plastic bag dilemma. But I do want to thank you for the “up Pinterst’s ass” line. I’m so glad that I didn’t have a mouth full of coffee. Thanks for starting my Wednesday morning out with a good laugh!

  54. Shelagh says:

    They really aren’t worth using. They often don’t make it into the house without ripping open after you have paid $.05 for one. If they are drippy with meat juice they have to be thrown out anyway. Use a bin or two . You can line them with your grocery store flyer, fill them with groceries, bring them home unload and throw away the soiled flyers in the bottom leaving the bin clean. They wash easily if you don’t want to line them. Then stack ’em and put them back in the car ready for next time.

    • Karen says:

      Yes, but the point of this is for when you forget your bins or cloth bags in the car. ~ karen!

      • Shelagh says:

        If you forget the reusable bins and bags, how will you remember to take the plastic bags from under your sink? Just sayin’

      • Erin says:

        Then one could take a minute and walk out to the car to get them! A couple of times having to do this and I was cured of my forgetfulness. I have made some sturdy canvas and linen bags with nice strong webbing for handles and store them in my car. Whenever I go into a store I tuck one under my arm. If I am making a small purchase I put it in my pocket with the receipt, just in case. The grocery clerks are always trying to push bags on me when I show up with a bunch of apples or other loose stuff. Nope, just put it in my bag. My veggies are stored in Tupperware in the fridge, so no use for the store ones. Any bags left over immediately go into the recycling bin that I share with my neighbor(to save on 2 people driving to the depot), to be hauled to the recycling depot when full.

  55. ~JackieVB says:

    I looked into this quite a bit myself and really wanted to do something DIY but I ended up buying a cloth bag holder that looks like a very small duffel bag. It’s only open on one end and that end is elastic so the bags don’t fall out. It has an adjustable strap so you can hang it anywhere. You cram the bags in and when you want one you just pull one out, usually the rest stay put. If it costs more that $3 I would be surprised, but either way much cheaper than making it myself.

  56. stacy says:

    I shove mine in an empty paper towel tube. It only hold a few so I don’t end up hording them; and it’s nice and compact and fits in the drawer with my aluminum foil, saran wrap, etc.

    • Karen says:

      That only worked for the lightweight plastic produce bags. I tried it for regular grocery bags and I couldn’t even fit one in the tube. It kept ballooning out like a hernia. ~ karen!

  57. I have the Ikea holder, but to be honest, I don’t have many plastic bags. Our government introduced a “plastic bag tax” in 2002 (15c per bag) and it’s a great incentive to not forget your Bag for Life bags when shopping!

  58. brenda says:

    IKEA plastic bag holder mounted on wall in pantry easy peasy

  59. Sally says:

    Empty soft drink cardboard oblong box. The long, narrow ones that hold 12 cans. Once it is empty the hole is large enough to get your hand in, but small enough to keep them contained. It holds a lot, and whatever doesn’t fit can just be recycled. Not pretty, but works like a charm.

  60. Julie says:

    Really, no need to over think this. The solution is the Ikea bag holder, as many pointed out already. It’s super cheap, it takes 2 minutes to hang it inside a cupboard (mine is in my tall cupboard with the vaccum, broom and cleaning products), you just shove your bags in there, then you can take one out from the top or from any of the holes around – which I like because sometimes I want that green bag or that white one and not that yellow one. It’s really perfect. What I would like to find now is a way to store all the bigger shopping bags – we mainly use reusable cloth bags, but somehow we always end up with a few paper or plastic bags (how else can you bring back home that humongous 24 pack of jumbo toilet paper rolls from the drugstore). Plus those enormous and thick Ikea blue bags, which are a pain to fold and stash somewhere. That’s a problem in our house.

  61. KDot says:

    Ikea bag holder screwed into a closet wall.

  62. Traci says:

    I was in the same predicament a short while ago. I had been using the put’em all in one bag method, but it was bulky and often messy. I don’t have a good spot for the ikea thingy, and the whole bag thing was driving me crazy. Then I decided to be nice one day and fed the cat. (Don’t worry, she’s fed daily by my husband.) The cat food is stored in a bulk pretzel jar in the bottom of my pantry cupboard and there happened to be space for one more jar. Problem. Solved. It is perfect. The jar keeps everything contained well and because of its shape you don’t even need to use the lid. Just shove the bags in and grab one as needed. No mess. No fuss. And free if you eat pretzels from costco (or know someone who does).

  63. lynn says:

    What? I thought it was only me who things pinterest has too many chalkboard ideas!? Sorry, it is so over done. As for my plastic bags, I just shove them in an old tissue box and grab one out when I need it – no it’s not neat or pretty or cute, but hey, my bags are in one place under the sink and it works for me.

  64. lynn says:

    oops – I meant “thinks” not things.

  65. heather says:

    I use a wire letter tray on its side, attached to the inside of my cabinet, like this one:

    I thought i read it in martha stewart, but can’t find an image…

  66. Ima says:

    All of these adorable tube-shaped fabric things folks are making out of tea towels? With added elastic and such?

    I buy mine at Dollarama. Already made. Elastic bottom, flap at top, hanging hook already on it. Cheap as heck. They work great. This is an easy one.

  67. Mary Werner says:

    I use them up so fast. Dead mice from cat, dog yuck, craft mess, fridge cleanup, sink yuck, trash in car, trash can liners, wrap Christmas decorations, fold and iron flat for mini-book plaper YT instructions), holding junk while cleaning, lunch bags, vacation travel, shells from beach trips, storing craft “things” while traveling, crocheting long strips into bath mats (YT instructions), on and on… I would hate to have to buy bags/containers for all this (especially the mice) so I wouldn’t live in California. I store them all in one bag hung on a hook in the closet but never put wet ones in. Once in all my years, I had two bags full and put one in recycle. No time for the bath mat. I LOVE my plastic bags. Bought a container from IKEA and it sits empty in the back of my closet taking up space – but its neat and doesn’t require too much space. I’m a shove and forget gal.

  68. patti says:

    I use one of the plastic grocery bags and hang it from the broom that is hug on the wall.
    (loop it over the tip of the handle. Then just put the others in that bag.)
    When full, I take it to the recycle bin at the grocery store.
    Also, Our Local Food Bank has a call out for plastic grocery bags to pack the groceries in.

  69. Thera says:

    Another one with the IKEA holder!

  70. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    I use a green toile tube shape holder I picked up at the Apple Festival in Wilkesboro, NC years ago. The bag has a loop on the top to hang with and a hole at the bottom to pull the bags out. It hangs in my pantry. It works great! I was too lazy to make my own.

  71. Jennifer says:

    IKEA bag holder, hands down.

    • Dana Kee says:

      yep! Ikea bag holder. One downstairs and one upstairs. I keep a bunch crammed into coffee cans also to keep out in the shop and in the back of the car. It keeps them contained but it’s not the most elegant solution.

  72. marilyn says:

    go to ikea.. and have a hot dog while you are win

  73. I use the plastic cylinder with holes in it from Ikea. Just bought it in January and think to myself how I wasted 30 years picking up those plastic bags off the floor. I love it. Patricia

  74. Kathy says:

    I use a rectangular plastic-wire basket sort of thing [probably intended for some sort of garage/closet/under-shelf storage. The openings are pretty big rectangles, around 2″ by 4″. Small enough to contain the bags, easy to pull them out. Screwed it into the cabinet where my trash bin is. Stuff bags in[ there’s an open side up], pull them out from any of the open places. Works perfectly. [[also, I mostly use reusable cloth bags, easy once you get used to having a stash in your car at all times. ]] I usually use the plastic ones for emptying the litter box.

  75. Lisa says:

    I shove mine under the sink in an old plastic container. It’s a tall tub that once held pretzels like this: I don’t use the lid. Idk where the kid even is. Lol just shove the bags in and pull them out when needed. On occasion a second unwanted bag will come out with the one I want and you know what I do? Unjust shove it back in. Lol My mama uses the shove method but different storage. She hangs a bag like this and hangs it in the door knob inside the cupboard or on a hook. She shoves in the top and pulls out the bottom as needed. No folding it rolling. Just shoving. Lol

  76. Leslie says:

    I have a square tupperware container (probably 8″x8″x5″) and I fold the bags in quarters and stack them one on top of another in there. I squish as many as I can in and quickly snap the lid on the container before they come flying out. Neat and tidy.

  77. mia pratt says:

    I stuff them in the Bag Drawer in the kitchen. Eventually<:}

  78. Susan Warder says:

    my goodness! So many ideas. I submit another vote for the IKEA Variera bag holder. It’s $.1.99 (US). I now have two – one for bags for cleaning litter box and one for rags and cruddy small towels for other cleaning. I saw the Variera mountable trash bin used for holding folded paper bags or paper gift bags as well.

    I like the illustrations, especially the chicken reaching for a polka dot bag from the holder. : D

  79. Kim from Milwaukee says:

    I’m really tempted now to crochet a tube out of plastic bag yarn for holding bags. I currently just throw them under the sink behind the garage pail. I used to put them in the bottom of the pail and have one open for trash but I got even lazier. I only throw away plastic that can’t be recycled so my trash doesn’t smell, but if I forget something meaty in the fridge then into a bag it goes.

  80. Dani says:

    We have 3 stackable bins in the kitchen for glass, cans, & plastic bags. We take the largest plastic bag we have on hand to “line” the bin. The rest of the bags get shoved inside. Once the bag is full, hubby takes it to one of the local stores that recycle bags. This process is repeated for plastic bags as necessary.

    We use reusable bags most of the time, but those plastic bags have a habit of catching a ride home occasionally. 😉

  81. karen says:

    i made one of these decades ago and it still works perfectly:

  82. Arianne says:

    We just hang this bad boy inside a kitchen cabinet. Works like a charm.

  83. Maryanne says:

    i use a clean paint can, lid off. Actually there was never any paint in the can, it held cookies from a paint company’s Christmas gift to their customers. I just simply shove them in and then easily pull them out. The can sits on the floor of my pantry. It doesn’t take up much room. Works for me!

  84. Sandy says:

    I’m still using the old-school-church-craft-show-type made with some really ugly fabric with elastic gathered ends and a fabric hook. Works great! I’m not really a friend of the environment so I rarely use my cloth bags so I end up using the plastic ones to line bathroom garbage cans and cleaning up the dog poop. And for anyone living in the GTA, why is Fortino’s still charging 5 cents per bag? One of these days I’m gonna get up the nerve to ask the manager where they get off still charging for bags, especially cheap crappy ones that always rip.

  85. Oriah says:

    I use a simplehuman grocery bag dispenser. It works great shoved under my kitchen sink. I bought it at a thrift store for $2 and cannot understand why anyone would have gotten rid of this gem.

    • Karen says:

      That one’s actually really nice looking! And it looks easy to use. ~ karen!

      • Oriah says:

        I can’t wrap my mind around how this showed up at the thrift store….maybe it’s because i live in a college town?

        Anyway, it holds a lot of bags….it’s practically a black hole. The bags stay put and are easy to pull out when you need one to wrap a paint roller or do one of the other useful things plastic bags are known for. It’s definitely the limousine of lazy person plastic bag storage.

  86. Caroline says:

    Just saw this. Take a 2 liter bottle and cut the bottom off. Cut the top off leaving a hole about an inch and a half to two inches. Tape, file or melt the edges so they aren’t sharp. Hang upside down on the inside of your cabinet door. Shove your bags in it. To get one out just tug one out from the bottom. Here’s a link to a picture. It’s the 7th photo in.

  87. Elen Grey says:

    I use the plastic IKEA thingy. It’s mounted on the wall of the basement landing. I cram it and stuff it and cram it some more. For style…. I drape the dog leash over it. The end.

  88. Stefani says:

    I absolutely love your mouse!!

  89. Sonja says:

    I hang one on the laundry room door, stuff the other bags in until full, tie the top in a pretty bow (not really!) and then throw the bag(s) in the garage to hopefully remember to take back to the grocery at some point to put in their recycle grocery bag bin. Done. No fuss, no muss. And best of all…free!

  90. kaela says:

    I have a linen vegetable bag – one of those ones that was ostensibly for storing veggies in the fridge, but is far to small to fit anything other than a single, smallish bell pepper, and doesn’t even keep that fresh – hanging on the inside of my cabinet under the sink, near the trash. I tie each bag into a small knot, then toss it in the bag. Pull one out when I need it to line my small trash bin. I used to just shove them loose into another plastic bag, the handles of which I hung on that same cabinet door, but they take up much more room if you don’t tie them in a knot first.

    Granted, I am pretty good about bringing my re-usable bags; we more often run out of ‘trash bags’ than are overwhelmed with plastic bags to store.

  91. Cred says:

    I tried to be duly diligent and read all the comments before commenting myself but I only made it 2/3 of the way thru. I hope that you find the perfect solution and do a follow up post to inform us and give accolades to the reader who solves the single most universal problem in the western world.
    I have a handful of reusable bags and a couple plastic shopping bins that are brilliant, when I don’t forget them in my damned car. I neeeeed a good solution, too. I would just buy that ikea bag holder if the store wasn’t 150km away. I tried the rolling trick and keeping them in a Pringles can but found the same problem as you and others- I can be a little ocd when I think I have a solution to an organizing problem. But seriously, I cannot commit to this kind of tedium in the name of convenient bag storage- I hate you sometimes, Pinterest.
    Good luck finding the solution!

  92. Nancy R says:

    I also use the wall-mounted Ikea holder with holes in it to store my plastic bags. It’s in my broom closet which is even better because I shove so many plastic bags in there and if one happens to fall out – who cares? I won’t see it!! Out of sight, out of mind.

  93. Jacqui says:

    Hi Karen, I too am an IKEA supporter! I have one in my basement by the cat litter, one in the garage and one in the kitchen closet. I can stuff and pull with the best of them and it satisfies all of my needs for bag management. I think you should give it a try. BTW, love reading your blog, especially enjoy your warped humour! Stay well

  94. Nans says:

    Another vote for the wonderful $2 Ikea holder. I also use the ikea holder to store my wrapping paper. Keeps them from falling all over the closet. Genius!

  95. Shetty B says:

    One more point for the tubes. Mine isn’t really slender tho. When there aren’t many in there it seems slender, but it’s quite a huge ball when fuller. I honestly can say that I’ve never been able to completely fill it. Elastic at both ends, stuff in the top, pull from the bottom. Never drop out. Loop at the top and it hangs in my pantry right inside the door. I only put in bags that are clean and dry. Questionable ones (damp or containing meats) get the boot.

  96. Stephanie says:

    Wow so many comments and it’s only 8:45 here in California! Impassioned subject…or perhaps we just like to hear ourselves talk (me included). I wanted to harmonize on your comment that Pinterest is great for inspiration but as for directions and reality…well, mmmm the pictures and fonts are fabulous!

  97. Kat says:

    I’m a flag folder, mainly because it makes it really easy to keep a couple in my purse and bag for last minute errands, errant rainstorms, and the like. However, after I fill up one of those Ikea holder things, the rest get recycled at a local drugstore.

  98. Jennie Lee says:

    I use one of the cloth-tube types already mentioned, but mine has elastic around the top and the bottom, so they don’t fall out, as well as a loop at the top for hanging. The original loop wasn’t strong enough, so I replaced it with a loop of nylon webbing long ago. When that thing is full, I figure I have all I need to keep, and start putting them in a mesh laundry bag that hangs on a hook by the stairs. (The bags they put my newspapers in go there, too.) When that is full, I take it with me to the store. The bin for recycling is just inside the front door. I put the bags in the bin and cram the mesh bag in my trusty backpack. I wanted to take this opportunity to make sure your readers know what they call these plastic bags in England. Everyone calls them “witch’s knickers”, and I think it’s hilarious! When you see something white way up in a tree, what else would it be?

  99. Kathy says:

    Up late last night so I came back for more bag solutions. For style I’d love the Simply Human holder but for cost and creativity I will switch from a tissue box to the metal letter tray attached to the side of the under sink cabinet. Now I am going to but a bowl of water in my outdoor building to see if it freezes because I hope to do your peat moss idea for carrots and such. Your site brings smiles.

  100. Sheri says:

    I keep plastic bags in three places. In the bathroom where I use the bags as wastebasket liners, I have a tube with elastic on both ends hanging on the door – it is my favorite method. In the kitchen I have one of those “doll” things – my mother made it, I don’t like it. I keep some of the produce bags in a paint can behind the basement door (near the kitchen) – it holds a lot. Near the front door I am still experimenting. I use the plastic bags that protect our newspaper to clean up after my dog. I put some in a shoe pocket on the wall, along with gloves, hats, leashes, etc. Can’t put many bags in a pocket. I recently put some in a tissue box. It also doesn’t hold enough as I get my bags from relatives in bunches, not one at a time. I think I will be using the tube with elastic on both ends for all of my bag storage as soon as I can figure out how/where to hang them.

  101. Angela says:

    I saved a cardboard refrigerator dispenser box that soda comes in and shove my plastic bags in there. After I was tired of seeing the bright red Coke box sitting on top of my dryer, I did like we used to in school and cut open a brown paper bag and used that to cover the soda box. Now I can shove my bags into a perfectly-sized, non-denominational dispenser.

    In the car, I fold and stack all my reusable bags inside another reusable bag and carry the whole thing into the store, that way I always have enough bags no matter what I buy.

  102. Jasmine says:

    This is a really ingenious idea. I have a large plastic bag from Target from buying new pillows. I stuff all my plastic bags into that large plastic bag. Ideally I’d hang it up but for now and forever it occupies nearly an entire shelf in my pantry instead. 🙂

  103. Lauren from Winnipeg says:

    I recycled a plastic kitty litter bucket. Fits nicely under my sink and keeps the bags contained yet easy to reach should you need one. I must admit that I only save the Walmart bags. Safeway bags are crap. I think they purposely poke holes in the bottom of their bags. I guess they are concerned about their bags being unglamorously recommissioned to hold used kitty litter.

  104. Keelea LeJeune says:

    I had a sweet lady sew me a “windsock” sort of thingy with elastic at both ends and a handle at the top. I shove the bags in and pull them out the bottom one at a time as I need them. They sell them on etsy, of course. Google: grocery bag holder. I’m sure with your DIY skills, you could knock one out in no time. And, they can be as cute as the fabric you choose! Mine stays in the pantry though, so who cares.

  105. Lavada says:

    I use an empty Kleenex box (the Puffs kind, taller, not flat). I just stuff them in as I get them. Because this worked so well for me, I covered the box in duct tape, then cut the hole out, to make it durable (so I can overstuff it and it won’t fall apart). I have one in the kitchen, one in my bedroom, and one in my truck. Occasionally, I’ll get that “two bags at once” that creep out. Cheap, easy, compact — it works for me!

  106. Michelle says:

    My mom made a bag holder from a tea towel. Folded in half length-wise, then sewed it up. She made an elastic casing top and bottom about 2″ from the edge, threaded the elastic, added a bit of twill tape as a hanger at one end then hung from a hook behind the door. Works great. stuff in the top, pull out the bottom. We do a quick fold over and loose knot in our bags so they are not so gangly.

  107. Berry says:

    Another vote for the tube with elastic at the top and bottom. Works brilliantly. Cram in the top, pull out the bottom. Make sure the holding strap is strong though.

  108. Shauna says:

    We use the simple human trash bag dispenser. It’s easy, it’s cheap and all we have to do is shove the bags in. Also, it’s not huge so it fits under my small sink perfectly. Here’s a link to one:

    • Karen says:

      Someone else linked to that one Shauna and said they love it. I found a similar one on Amazon that looks like it’ll take up a bit less space. Also by Simple Human. They make nice, simple stuff. 🙂 ~ karen!

      • Shauna says:

        Ah yes, that looks like a good one that will take up less space for sure. I like mine because it just sits on the floor. I didn’t want to have to screw anything in to the wall. They in both is that you can just shove those bags in and not think about it. They hold a lot of bags too. I use mine when I do craft fairs, great way to transport and hold them all in one place without them flying everywhere.

  109. Mary Ellen says:

    I use one that was made by Tupperware years ago…..I have it screwed on the inside of a bottom cabinet that we use for recycling. It’s white, almost circle shaped and holds a ton…..just jam them in the top and take them out the same way. Possibly could be found on eBay or a yardsale.

  110. Kathryn says:

    I have a big bag from when I bought towels or something looped over a hanger in my closet. I call it the Bag Bag. Everything that I can’t recycle goes in there.

  111. Mel says:

    I saw this somewhere–Family Handyman? some other similar ilk? not Pinterest, I don’t think.
    I cut the bottom off of a 2 liter soda bottle & cut the neck off, too. I poked two holes across from each other at the bottom end, stuck in a hanger made from a wire clothes hanger, cut off with wire cutters and hung it up, bottoms up.
    I stuff the bags into the top (wide-cut bottom end up) bottle and pull ONE AT A TIME out of the neck end, on the bottom.

  112. Sara says:

    Ikea bag holders are the bomb! We love ours, and it holds a lot of bags. We keep it in the laundry room because that’s where we keep the litter boxes.

  113. Tonia says:

    I don’t see that anyone has mentioned what I use and love which is the wall mount simple human bag holder. I have used it for years and it’s great. It’s slim, so it doesn’t take up a ton of space in my pantry, and it’s tidier to use than the one that stands on a shelf since you can use it one handed. It’s also less expensive but looks so nice and sleek. Good luck with your search for the perfect bag holder!

    • Karen says:

      You’re the third or fourth mention of it Tonia, lol. (there are a lot of comments today, don’t blame you for missing it) It looks like a good one. ~ karen!

  114. Monica says:

    Karen, I don’t know how you haven’t seen this–

  115. Karol says:

    I try and recycle them as packing material when I store things. They are much better than using paper or newsprint which draw silverfish. I’d love to say that I send the rest back to the store like a good person would, but it never happens. It’s like cutting coupons. I cut them, organize them, and then leave them at home when I go grocery shopping.

  116. Vanessa says:

    I’m in California and sweating the loss of the plastic bags (which I don’t really understand because you can still get them for take out) I used them for any numerous things around the house from garbage to freezer storage. I refuse to pay for bags so if I forget them I just put all my groceries into my trunk 1 item at a time. But I have kids and they are the ones that are supposed to put the empty bags back into my trunk so if they forget then its on them to unload. 🙂

    This is on of the longer threads…about plastic bags lol.

  117. MARILYN JOHNSON says:

    Go to Lowe’s or Home Depot and buy a “Bag Stor” that hangs on the wall. THEY WORK GREAT!!!!

  118. Kristina says:

    I have two things that hold the grocery bags. The first is a Simple Human grocery bag holder. You wad up the bag and then shove it in the top. When you need a bag you pull it out of the slot in the front. It is about the same size as a box of cereal so not a huge space hog. I also made something that looks like this that hangs on an over the door hook in the pantry. I like them both and between them we never run out of bags to take with us on the dogs walks. 🙂

  119. Angela Cohen says:

    Hi Karen over here in old blighty we use lots of plastic bags,most people havent caught on to taking their own reusable ones yet. We have the tubular material type just usually made from scraps with a piece of elastic either end and a hanging loop.Ijust have mine in the gap down the side of the fridge hung on a suction hook they are fab just stuff bags in one end and pull out the other sorted.

  120. Zoe says:

    I’m a roller. My grandma (she’s pre-depression era- so it explains a lot) showed me how to do it. The difference from the rolling you talked about is that we pull the bags from the outside of the roll. Think clingwrap or tinfoil dispenser rather than clorox wipes. This way you can keep adding as much as you want. I keep the roll corralled in an open box under the sink.

  121. Deb says:

    I work at a public library. We love it when patron give us their bags. Kids use ’em for books. Seniors use ’em for books. And on a rainy day we push for everyone to use ’em for books. That said, not all thrift stop provide their own bags. They welcome paper and plastic bags along with newspaper to wrap up your precious breakable finds.

  122. Deb says:

    Pt. 2… at the library I created what looks like a giant’s tissue box to hold the donated plastic bags. Then covered it with lovely gift wrap so it’s not just a dull brown box sitting at our circulation desk.

  123. Sherri says:

    Dollar store pop up laundry basket. Keep it in cleaning closet. When full I take it to the local thrift store for reuse. I have the reusable bags, they are always in my closet. I remember they are there
    when I get to the store. Thus more plastic.

  124. Nelda Suhm says:

    I just wad the sacks up and shove them in one of the sacks that I just brought home, then hang them on a hook that is on the back of my laundry room door.

  125. Lindsay says:

    I’ve been using empty tissue boxes and love it. I’ve tried a couple other things but it was too complicated. I have a tissue box near all the little trash cans in the house that I can easily refill when they’re low. I keep them close by so I never have an excuse to not put a new bag in. When the box gets too destroyed looking, I pitch it and use a newly emptied one. Once all the tissue boxes are filled I don’t save the grocery bags until they’re needed again. Otherwise it just gets outa hand!

  126. Tanya H. says:

    I saved those bags for years…always seemed to bring home more than I used, but it seemed wasteful to throw them away. There were so many bags full of smushed up bags that I eventually stuffed them all into a bean bag chair cover. The kids like it, even though — or maybe because — it crinkles, and I can always grab a bag easily when I need it.

  127. Shannon H says:

    I second the Simple Human dispenser. We use that one and it’s brilliant, hidden in the side of the pantry.

  128. Jody says:

    Well you’ve got a bee in your plastic bag bonnet. RECYCLE. Jam all the bags into one bag and then drop kick them to the blue box. You’ll feel great. I promise.

  129. Laura Bee says:

    I have the fabric bag you can shove them in the top & pull them out the bottom. Super easy, I “try” to fold them or twist them up before shoving them in.

  130. Candy Legedza says:

    Remember the 80’s when we stuffed them into the valences to make them puffy. – maybe we were just out of places to store them. I used to have a plastic holder for tin foil and plastic wrap that had a slot in the back to hold paper bags ,however it stored a amazing number of plastic bags . I don’t know if you can still get them . I think they were Rubbermaid. It wouldn’t go in my current kitchen.

  131. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I use one of the handmade fabric bag holders..bought it on eBay..I hear they are going to start charging for those bags at the store here too..

  132. Tina says:

    I use the fabric tubes too, one for sturdier bags, one for flimsy stuff. Haven’t bought a trash bag in years. I use big snap hooks to corral the canvas bags, just loop the handles through. One hangs behind the door from a key hook, one hangs from the headrest behind the driver seat – so I remember to bring them. When I leave the car I attach the snap hook to my purse straps or a belt loop or the grocery cart.

  133. Patti says:

    Wow so many comments for plastic bags! but that makes sense because everybody has a plastic bag problem. Anyway I’m also looking for a better storage solution. I have the cloth thingy many have mentioned with elastic on the bottom, loop at the top, but it’s unsightly and doesn’t hold that many bags. I like things that serve a purpose to be pretty or at least look nice. I’m breathlessly awaiting your fix Karen!
    P.S. I’m totally over Pinterest. After changing my password umpteen times and still being locked out, I’ve given up. I don’t even miss it!

  134. Sissy says:

    Maybe someone already shared this, but I am too lazy to read all the comments. I have a cloth thingy that has elastic sphincter openings at each end. You feed the bags in the top and eventually they are defecated out the bottom. It’s actually more charming then I have described. I took a photo, but can’t figure out how to share it here. You could make one, but because of the laziness that I have already spoken about, I instead bought mine at a crap show for $7.

  135. Helene says:

    I, hmmm, have an actual garbage bin for them (this kind: Yes it takes up a lot of space (I bet no one ever notices it here: I’m not a Zen-type decorator, and with a toddler, a teen and 6 pets, that’s a good thing; the bin is squeezed between a cupboard and a sideboard) and I had to write clearly on it “Bags ONLY” lest visitors throw their crap in my precious plastic bags, but it stores a LOT of bags (no folding, just stuffing!) and I can easily rummage through to find the kind I need. Why that many bags? Cats. Four cats. That means at least one plastic bag per day to put used litter into. It’s not pretty but it works. And once in a while when it’s overpacked in there, I recycle all the useless bags I’ve kept for some obscure reason (y’never know, right…).

  136. Becky says:

    I stash all my plastic bags (including used dry Ziplocs and produce bags) in a cute tote bag on a coat hook in my kitchen. When it starts getting full, I combine all the bags into one bag and take them back to Wal-Mart or Kroger where they have plastic bag recycle bins inside the front doors. Then I start a new collection.

  137. Another1 says:

    I am using one of those bathroom things that supposed to store toilet paper rolls, it is spiral-y, I keep it under kitchen sink and just shove bags in there, and then pull them out from any opening. Works pretty well.
    Something like this:

  138. Marna says:

    Wow so many comments! I have tried other things on and off, but I still like using an empty tissue box. If I don’t use the bags often I use a small box, if I need a lot, I use the largest tissue box. They are free, well sort of, and if they tear or get too worn out, I just use another one. I like the fact that I can take the box with me if necessary. I store very large bags from clothing stores, rolled up (doesn’t have to be neat) in a sturdy plastic bag that has strings, like some shoe stores have, it is easy to store, I can flatten it if I need to also. I try to reuse everything.

  139. Molly says:

    OK, I’m late to the party, and I didn’t read through all the comments. So, I apologize, if this was mentioned already.

    In my hall I’ve a chest of drawers with one drawer dedicated to… you guessed it… PLASTIC BAGS! They go all in there, the large blue IKEA bags, sturdy large ones duvets and pillows come in, rolls of new large trash bags, nice plastic and paper bags, and on top of these go the grocery bags, roughly folded in half.

    I’ve used this drawer for plastic bags successfully for several years, but suddenly found it a waste of good storage space. So I tried a nice basket on top of a high shelf in the hall. It didn’t work. Too cumbersome, too messy. After a month or so I moved the bags back into the drawer, and they lived happily ever after…

    For smaller amounts of bags you could take one really nice cotton or (my favourite) straw bag with longer handles which you can hang on a hook at the wardrobe or coat rack (or wherever you want ;-)). Into this nice bag you then shove the ugly plastic bags. Fast and easy.

    I’m just realizing that plastic bags in my home belong into the hall. How strange…

  140. Alex says:

    Like *everyone* else said, I use the Ikea thing deal here. Two bucks. Inside the pantry door. Done.

  141. TucsonPatty says:

    I have one more comment on the “forgetting the darn reusable bags at home or in the car…”. I have the sacker just place all the groceries back in the cart (they all fit in there when you wheeled it up to the cashier, didn’t they?) and then I wheel it out to the car and put them in the trunk, back seat, floor, wherever they will fit, and then when I get home, the multiple trips in from the car are my exercise for the week! (Month?) ; ) If I have lots of small items, I grab a bag from the house on one of the trips back out to the car. I never take the bags with me any more. I carry around recycling almost all the time and if I need, there is usually a cardboard box hanging around in the trunk. When I was a wee one in small town western Kansas, they didn’t use no stinking bags. We had our groceries taken out to the car (by the store owner, no less!) in the boxes in which the grocery store got their products!
    The more things change, the more they stay the same. (recycling) I, by the way, come home with very few bags, but usually from a friend’s house, and they are “folded” thusly- take hold of the bottom of the bag by the two corners, shake, fold in half the long way (both handles are pointing down), fold again same way, then smooth down against your body with one hand while folding in half inward, and then again. This takes all the air out of the darn thing, and it doesn’t fly open so very much. I’m not obsessive about the folding, but this is how I fold all my bags, large and small. It works! I do use the one bag to hold them all method, but I don’t have many. I pride myself on throwing whatever I have just purchased into my (large and sometimes one of those reuable shopping bags!) purse. I am a no-bag lady! Thanks for listening/reading! Love you lots, Karen, I talk about you to many, many people!

  142. jBess says:

    Here’s one more that loves the ikea holder 🙂

  143. Karen Jeanne says:

    I had the ikea bag holder thing, but I seem to have misplaced it, because I never got around to hanging it in my pantry. Stupid. Before that I had a kitchen hand towel that was sewn into a tube, lengthwise, with an elastic loop for hanging. (Easier to hang than ikea’s screws and adhesives.) Both of those options work the same way: shove bags into the top, yank bags out of the bottom.

  144. Melissa says:

    I’ve got the perfect way: don’t use plastic bags! Commit to remembering your reusable ones, and you won’t have this problem!


  145. Mindy says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of comments.. I’m supposed to be watching the Super Bowl, so I can’t read through them. So I’m sorry if everyone else said what I’m about to say. I bought a plastic bag holder years ago. Couldn’t have been more than twelve dollars. Bags get shoved into a hole in the top. There’s a slit in the front that you pull them out of. Mine hangs on the wall in our utility room. It ain’t pretty, but it works beautifully. Screw Pinterest, Google it.

  146. Kelly says:

    try this bag holder. it works. it’s about $3

  147. Cheryl Johnson says:

    I didn’t read all the comments or reply’s to How to store plastic bags but my solution was kleenex boxes after they are empty I glue or tape the boxes back to back and then stuff the boxes with plastic bags once they are full I do the same with them all and put them in the bathroom cabinets and the bedrooms and the kitchen that works perfect for me. I use kleenex all the time and plastic bags so they are right there when I need it and not trying to pull it up or out of anything. My family likes it too.

  148. Mary says:

    Here’s a neat one, fold the bags in half lenghtwise, place the bags in a linel with the handle of the second bag laid ove ther bottom of the first bag, repeat for as long as you wish, then roll the line of bags into a roll, Place a runbber band around to hold it closed or place in a cylinder contain and pull bags from the midde when yiou need one.

  149. Janet says:

    Only you could write a post about those stupid plastic bags that we all love to hate and get 100 comments! You are priceless and I need to go write a post myself…you inspire me!

  150. Camille says:

    A tube of fabric (large paper towel roll size) with elastic drawstrings at both ends. The top end has a loop for hanging it on cabinets. It can hang on hooks by trashcans, on the inside of under-sink cubbies, …wherever. You can add and subtract bags from both ends. I tend to shove small bags on top and larger (Costco pillow-sized potato chip bag shopping bags) on the bottom.

    • Karen says:

      Ah yes. That’s been mentioned by a few people, it’s a popular one. Probably tied with the ikea bag holder. 🙂 ~ karen!

  151. Sarah says:

    Thanks SO much for the great laugh!

    “and it’s looking more and more like that place is going to be up Pinterest’s ass.”


  152. Brenda in Baton Rouge says:

    My neighbor and I are planning a garage sale. I’ve been saving shopping bags for several years to use when we are ready. To eliminate having them scattered everywhere I (1) take one bottom corner and squeeze it through my hand to get the air out and (2) then tie it in a loose knot. Reduces the size and makes it easier to store. I use the $.99 canvas shopping bags from Rosses to store them in. I haven’t counted but you can probably get close to 500 in one bag. After so long I had to find a place to store the many bags.

  153. Alice says:

    I just solved that problem. I took one of those zippered plastic packages that sheets and blankets come in, cut a round hole along the bottom, stuffed it with bags and closed the zipper. I just have to pull them out one at a time thru the hole and stuff more in at the top.

  154. toni says:

    i havent had time to try it but i had the idea of using the sleeve of an old sweater. seems like it would work. cant wait to try it /.

  155. maggie van sickle says:

    Wow Karen you opened up a can of worms on this one. Cheers Maggie

  156. Jaylah says:

    Well, Karen, you certainly know how to make a girl feel inadequate. 😉

    A very crafty friend from England made me a beautiful one like Jennie Lee mentioned, and sent it to me for Christmas a few years ago. I did stuff a few bags in it and hang it in my kitchen because the fabric she made it from is so pretty, but….

    I have a medium-sized cup-hook screwed near the top center of the inside of one of my under-the-sink cabinet doors and I have a bag hung on that. When I bring more home from the store, I just shove them (any old which way) into the hanging bag. When it gets full, I grab it and take it next time I go to my favorite second-hand store. They use them when people buy several small items and it saves them from having to buy as many new. (You can also take them to your local food pantry to use when they give out groceries.)

    Then, the next plastic I bag I bring home goes on the hook and I start the process all over.

    • Karen says:

      I’m not sure I have room for that in one of those under cabinet doors without having the bag stuffed full of bags push over my cleaning products, but it seems like a good simple solution! ~ karen

  157. J reed says:

    I used to buy 12 packs of pop and fill the empty box with my plastic bags! The part that you punch in to carry it would be the opening to take a bag out. I hung it up vertically leaving the top open to add more bags. I placed it on the side of the fridge using strong magnets inside the box. I stopped buying pop and forgot about this. Oh well…off to the store tomorrow for more pop!

  158. Ruth Yetishefsky says:

    One year, in order to use up bits of yarn, I crocheted several tubes a small exit hole at the base, and a larger space at the top and that’s for the plastic bags. Also added a loop from which to hang the bag. It holds maybe 50 or 60 bags. We d0 not recycle the bags due to the looming ban on plastic bags in our state.

  159. Meghan says:

    I use a pillowcase. I undo a small portion of the closed endseam. I shove the bags in the top and pull from the bottom. I hang the pillowcase in my pantry, so as I put my groceries away I put the bags in the pillowcase. Not Pinterest pretty, but it works and keeps under my sink available for all my half empty bottles of wine I use for cooking.

  160. catty cat says:

    I don’t really see the use in building a fancy plastic bag holder,I just put the plastic bags in a plastic bg and get one out when i need one 😉

    • Karen says:

      That’s what I do now and I don’t like it because that plastic bag filled with plastic bags takes up too much room in my cupboard. It’s huge! It’s like a massive helium balloon getting in the way of everything. I need something more compact. I’ll probably give the kleenex box a try. ~ karen!

  161. whaszupp says:

    I wash out plastic protein powder containers (or equivalent), and stack them open ended on their sides onto a shelf inside my laundry cabinet. I filled up one whole shelf with a couple of layers of containers. Then I just shove all my plastic bags into the slots. By stacking the containers on their sides, it creates “cubby holes” from the containers, and also between the containers. They perfectly hold the bags. Bigger bags go onto the left side, smaller bags on the right.

  162. sj says:

    I am on the same quest. I saw these magazine holders used as holders for foil, cling wrap etc both in a pantry and attached inside kitchen cabinet door. I thought maybe for bags too. Easy to shove in the top and pull one from a hole. I have not tried it yet myself. Haven’t even checked out the item in person to see just how large the holes are (they must be in Target or Office Depot etc. But wanted to send on just in case it is helpful. One link is typical size and the other two are taller and wider versions.
    Love your blog

  163. Melissa says:

    I don’t know if this was said or not as I did not take the time to read every one of the wonderful ideas others have come up with…but I did the tissue box thing…I didn’t use the regular cardboard tissue boxes because I found that it was very hard to get the bags into them and then out again, especially because they were so lightweight. To solve this problem I bought a ceramic tissue dispenser that fits over a cardboard tissue box and just stuff the bags in there..(do not put the cardboard tissue box in it) just use the dispenser. It sits on top of my dishwasher and I can pull a bag out as I walk by and because of the weight of the dispenser, I can just pull and the dispenser doesn’t come up with the bag…plus it is large enough that I can push a lot of bags in it before it becomes full, and the hole at the top is large enough that if the next bag does not come up I can just reach in and grab one…Hope this helps someone….

  164. D Peterson says:

    I keep a sturdy little cardboard box in a drawer. It was originally from holding a garbage bag roll. It has a hole in the top slightly bigger than my fist. When I have a plastic bag i crunch it up in my hand all willynilly and stuff it in. One after another. ONE AT A TIME. When my box is full I pull out about 1/3 of them and donate them to the local library as book carriers or to my DIL who lines her kitchen garbage with them. That way I always have some on hand, and there is an excuse to go visit the grandchildren. I’ve tried all kinds of methods and this one works the best for me.

  165. Luanne says:


    What about attaching a piece of PVC pipe to that hole in your counter? And shoving them in there? You could tape the sleeve of an old sweater to the bottom of the PVC pipe, use some elastic to somewhat cinch the bottom of the sleeve, and then pull them out, one by one, as needed.

    Now… I know you already have a use for that hole in your counter. But it’s an interesting start, no?

    (Way back in the 80’s, all the moms were sewing up old towels about the size of a sleeve, and using elastic on the bottom, and then hanging it inside the broom closet or whathaveyou. My mom still uses one. It works like a charm. Looks like an 80’s craft. Hidden. In a closet.)

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