Anyone who folds plastic bags MUST be crazy right? Right. Yes, I do think it’s akin to ironing underwear (which truly is peculiar), but hear me out. My sister-in-law first introduced me to the virtues of plastic bag folding, and trust me, I was dubious at first. I used to store my bags in a plastic bag holder. And they are really great — but I did find, when anyone wanted a bag, 10 would come out and end up on the floor or 1000 would be stuffed in, so full, it was just impossible.
I’ve also tried storing plastic bags inside one bag in the bottom of the pantry and, while it is easier to pull bags out, it takes up space and looks terrible. Because I’m trying to create a more sustainable way of living, I do try (try being the operative word here) and remember to use my reusable bags. However, I still like to keep some plastic bags because they do come in handy, especially with young children in the house. Here’s a before and after shot of the bottom of my pantry.
Same amount of bags. Much less space. No struggling to find a bag. Easy to grab. Are you convinced yet?
It’s easy to fold plastic bags. Here, let me show you.
1. Lay bag flat 2. Fold in half 3. Fold in half again 4. Fold bottom up to make a square
5. Take point and fold along the side to make a triangle
6. Continue to fold the triangle up the bag 7. Fold the excess inside the flap
Housekeeping: it’s all about finding a system that works for you and your family. This is the best system I’ve found for us, but oh, I do like the pretty colours on that plastic bag holder. Tell me about your system. Is it working?