How to fold and store plastic bags

This isn’t the first time I have posted on how to fold and store plastic bags. Way back in 2015, I shared a method on how to fold plastic bags in neat little triangles – you can check that out here.  After this post, you’ll have a couple of ideas for storing plastic bags.

You know those plastic bags the ones that were banned and frowned upon, so every time you’d go shopping on a whim and didn’t have a plastic bag, you either had to buy the plastic or buy the cloth ones… then this pandemic hits and suddenly plastic is once again KING – I find myself with too many and they are getting messy and I wanted to try a new method of folding and storing plastic bags. This is just the first bunch I did, they were hanging off my kitchen chair.

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First take all the bags and fold them in half and smooth them out.

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Now take another bag and lay it over the first bag at the bottom of the bag (as shown below).

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Now fold the top of the first bag down and make sure it points to the left and start to roll the bag down toward the next bag, roll it right over the next bag and continue on adding another bag at the bottom and keep rolling until you have rolled all of your bags.

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You will end up with a cylinder of bags, that will act like pulling tissue out of a box, one will follow the other.  IMG_6532

At this point, if you have an empty cylinder shaped container or even an empty tissue box, you can insert your bags in the container or tissue box with the first bag coming up through the top. This is a neat and tidy way to store those bags and when you need one, you can easily pull one out at a time.  You can get creative and decorate the container you chose to match your decor scheme.

I hope this was useful and helpful and gave you a quick, easy way to store those, once again, popular plastic shopping bags.

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4R’s for Better Living

Do you follow any of the 4R’s? I try my very best to live by the 4R’s, REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE and REPURPOSE. I think it comes naturally to me as I am a vintage lover, hunter, collector and seller.

Besides simply buying vintage and using and repurposing I try to reuse things whenever possible. I’ve just recently completed a project that has been on my list for a while now and I am kind of obsessed. You will see that post in my annual 12 Days of Christmas posts (stay tuned an announcement on that will be coming soon).

In the meantime here are some of the ways I follow the 4R’s….

I REUSE tea bags….whenever I drink tea I save the bags you can put used tea bags into a pitcher of water, let it steep a bit and then water your plants.  Tea leaves are packed with nutrients and plants just seem to love tea (especially roses).

Sprinkle tea leaves into the litter box.  Let the tea bags cool and dry then cut them open and put the used and cooled tea leaves into the litter box. The odor absorbing properties of tea will keep things smelling fresher longer. No need to buy a product to do this for you when you can reuse your tea leaves and save some money and have a happy cat.

Don’t throw out your apple peels!!

 

Did you know that apple peels can  be used to remove stains from aluminum pots and pans?  Add some water to the peels in the pot or pan and simmer for roughly 30 minutes. It’s amazing how it works!

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Frugal Living Tips Post #2

Every Monday in January I plan on sharing some of my favorite frugal living tips with reference to the 4R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose!!

Reuse soup cans and coffee tins -Make sure you thoroughly clean and wash your cans before using. Here are a few ways to reuse, recycle and repurpose your tins or cans.

1. Use your can to hold pan drippings such as bacon fat, let it harden, then wrap in a plastic bag (that you have saved to recycle) and put in the garbage. It is so much better for the environment and your sink to NOT put any type of hot grease down the drain.

2. DIY luminaries – you can leave as is or spray paint your cans and punch holes to make fun light patterns – pop in a tea light or votive candle and these can be used indoors or outdoors – for outdoor use, you could punch holes in the side of the cans and add wire to hang from a branch in a tree.

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