Friday, July 15, 2011

No More Plastic Bag Mess!

Just a warning, if you're a wife, your hubby will probably laugh and question you. Mine was teasing me for a while while I was doing this. He thinks I am nuts sometimes. (No objections there.) But that's part of why he loves me. ♥
My friend, Bonnie, showed me how to do this. I just now finally got around to doing it. 

Are you as guilty as I was about having those plastic bags stuffed somewhere?
Wouldn't you rather all those bags look like this?

It's simple, here's how-
Flatten a bag so it looks like so.
Fold it in half.
Then in half again.
Slide you hand from the bottom of the bag to the handles of the bag to get out any air. ( I do this multiple times during the folding...it makes for a tighter fold.) I fold the handle part in half back towards the bottom of the bag.
Then fold it diagonally like so.
Then you just keep folding it towards the bottom of the bag. (You can do it from the bottom to the handle, but it's not as neat.)




Press out any excess air. (sometimes it doesn't want to, so I just leave it for fear of popping the bag.)

Then I flip it around...don't know why. ;)
Find an opening between the folded parts.
Then stuff the bottom into it.
Tada!
No more mess!
I keep a few in my car and one in my purse. 
You never know when you'll need a trash bag or a place to put soiled clothes from a baby blowout!   
{ Not that I have any experience in that or anything. :oP }
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33 comments:

  1. Okay- you got it going on! I WILL do this TODAY. I think we have a million bags, well not quite that many...
    Chameleon Girls
    http://chameleongirls.blogspot.com/

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  2. I'm loving your blog loving that you fold grocery bags! Please come over!!! My bag storage looks like your first photo!
    I am hosting a party today if you have anything you would like to barter with other bloggers!
    Come by and check it out and see if anything catches your eye-Free Shopping (except for a little shipping)!

    http://www.frugaliciousme.com/2011/07/barter-bazaar.html

    XOXO,
    Tasha

    www.frugaliciousme.com

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  3. Awesome... you blogged this and have directions AND pictorials! Lovin' it. Glad it's working well in the house! =) -Bonnie

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  4. How cool is that! This is totally going to make my life less messy :) Thank you for sharing. Would love for you to link this up on our Tuesday link up party :) Hope to see you there.
    Britney
    www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

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  5. Too cool!!! :) Come over to www.hopesewell.com and enter my very first giveaway!!

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  6. Wow! This is an awesome tip. We have crumpled up bags taking up most of a cabinet, so this folding technique will really help us clean up around here. Thanks for sharing. -Lola http://www.buddhatropolis.com

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  7. Thanks for the tutorial. I hate how we hide our bags under our sink!

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  8. Such a great idea! I love how small they become - perfect for keeping in your purse or even a pocket. Thanks for sharing! I found you on Me Making Do's linky party.

    Kristen
    www.decoratingdiy.blogspot.com

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  9. PS I'm your newest follower - would love if you'd follow me back!

    Kristen
    www.decoratingdiy.blogspot.com

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  10. I happen to think this is a brilliant idea!

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  11. Great idea! Yes, a folded one in my purse looks much better than a waded up one! Thanks for checking out my blog...Kristi's Kitchen Kreations!

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  12. it´s a nice idea to put them in a glass! Welcome to the home of WEF and PicStory! LG Tina

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  13. What a great idea!!! Thank you for linking up to "It's a Party"! You are one of the features today!

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  14. awesome! just like we folded notes in junior high!!! love love love love love!!

    thanks for linking this up to my tip-toe thru tuesday party! hope to see you again this week!

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  15. Great idea! My pantry floor thanks you for posting!

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  16. What a fantastic idea!!! I use to have a ton of plastic bags and would have love to have done this (I bring my own bags to the grocery store now)...I will have to pass this on to anyone I know still using plastic bags..Thanks for sharing!!!

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  17. Just wanted to let you know that I featured your awesome idea today! Thanks for linking up! :)

    http://www.polishthestars.com/2011/07/link-party-monday-26.html

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  18. Just loving this idea! Thanks for the inspiration, I'm in love with your blog =)

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  19. That does look way better. :) Following from I Heart Naptime link party. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog {if you haven‘t already!}. Hope to see you there.

    Ginger
    gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

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  20. this is an awesome idea! might have to do this to keep a few in the car more tidy! thanks!

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  21. Saw you on link party, this is a great idea, I will definately be doing this today! Now google and nb following you. PS I couldn't follow you on facebook, your link doesn't seem to work, i tried to look for your page manually but still couldn't find your facebook page! Karima x www.karimascrafts.com

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  22. This is such a great idea, I have them floating around the house all of the time. It reminds me of middle school and writing notes to friends! Please stop by www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

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  23. I do this too!! I even have mine in a jar just like yours :) I teach every woman I meet how to do this--they think it's amazing and my husband looks at me like I'm a loon!! :)

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  24. What a great idea!

    I would love it if you would come and share at my Linky Party

    http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2011/07/blog-stalking-thursday-1.html

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  25. Dude. Seriously awesome post! I am so going to do this.

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  26. Such a GREAT idea! Thanks so much for sharing! I totally have to try this! I love that you can just toss one in your purse and it's such a great size!

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  27. Thank you so much for sharing with Blog Stalking Thursday! Such a great idea!

    http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/

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  28. Folded exactly the same way you would fold the American flag (without handles, of course) Great idea!

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  29. You are one of my favs on @ Anti-Procrastination Tuesday and are featured! Thanks for linking up at New Nostalgia!

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  30. Such an awesome tip. We have crumpled up bags taking up most of a cabinet, so this folding technique will really help us clean up around here. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. i came across your post today and i was excited with the idea. I featured your work at my blog http://bisozozo.blogspot.com/2012/04/plastic-bag-organizing.html. Thanks for the great idea!

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