{Decluttering} Plastic Bags

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#24 Plastic Bags

Do you have a big pile of plastic bags, perhaps too many than you really need.

I keep our plastic bags in The Bag Bag.  Have you heard of these?  They are great, push in the bags in the top and when you need one they easily pull out from the bottom, storing neatly together.

When I have too many bags (eg.  too many to fit into my Bag Bag).  I return the excess bags back to the Supermarket.  Most supermarkets have a wheelie bin you can place your shopping bags in.  This is a better option than throwing them into our landfill.  I’m sure you all know the statistics that 1 bag takes between 20-1,000 years to breakdown.  When my plastic bag supply is topped up I use the enviro bags.

Uses for platic bags:

  1. Bin liners
  2. When raining, keep a few in your car and handbag to put your wet umbrella in
  3. Fill with outgrown clothes, give to charity when full
  4. When travelling place your dirty clothes in bag ready for washing when you get home
  5. Reuse for your grocery shopping
  6. Use as packing stuffers, like newspaper
  7. Wrap around your meat trays (eg. packet of mince from supermarket), to prevent meat drippings on your fridge shelf
  8. Ties around stakes to keep plants in place
  9. Give to your local charity store for them to reuse
  10. Use when cleaning out your cat litter
  11. Nappy bags
  12. Picking up dog business
  13. Store wet swimmers and beach towels to prevent sand getting everywhere
  14. Keep one in the car, easy reach, for when somebody is feeling sick
  15. Many art and craft projects, see below
  16. Cut into strips and use as ribbon for wrapping, see below

Pom Pom


Plastic Bag Bow

Wrapping Paper


Make a wreath

Make a plastic bag bag

Great plastic bag bag tutorial

Plastic Bag Storage Ideas

Plastic Bag Organiser Tutorial

Tissue box as plastic bag organiser

Paper towel roll as plastic bag organiser

How to fold plastic bags

Here are some wonderful WAHM’s that make Plastic Bag storage bags:

  • Merley’s Creations – crochet bags
  • Vicki Lorraine



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JV July 26, 2011 - 8:11 PM

I got my plastic bag storage bag from a wahm in Tasmania – her eBay store is called ‘All Home Sewn’. Check her out!

Katrina August 3, 2011 - 11:40 PM

Thankyou for sharing her link

Katrina July 27, 2011 - 1:38 AM

Pity most of the plastic bags I get are a horrible grey colour, I really like the plastic bag bow!

Julia July 27, 2011 - 10:10 PM

Hi katrina, If you get a roll of red wrapping paper that would go well with the grey bags!

Katrina August 3, 2011 - 11:46 PM

True, I also love pink and grey together.

Katrina August 3, 2011 - 11:43 PM

creative isn’t it.

Perthcastings1 July 27, 2011 - 6:50 AM

We have always tied our plastic bags in a knot (not too tight though) before storing them, especially when the kids were babies, so that they couldn’t put it over their head if they managed to get hold of one. It’s a family tradition in my husband’s family. All of my sisters-in-law do the same thing with their plastic bags. I think it’s a great idea, so simple, so safe.

Katrina August 3, 2011 - 11:43 PM

that’s a great idea perthcastins.

Joolzmac July 28, 2011 - 7:41 AM

Do you know that in South Australia, plastic shopping bags have been outlawed and the scandalous thing is that I have to BUY plastic bags for bin liners!!!!!!!!!! We have to carry shopping bags in our cars and in our hand bags so we have bags when we shop!

Amanda Toyer July 28, 2011 - 10:51 AM

you don’t need to buy plastic bin liners if you don’t want to use them. One solution is to just put your rubbish in the bin inside, when it is full empty it into the outside bin and then rinse it out. If you are recycling all your recyclables and composting your compostables then you will probably have very little rubbish. If you hate that suggestion you can also find biodegrable bin liners in the supermarket.

Katrina August 3, 2011 - 11:51 PM

that’s a great idea, thankyou Amanda for sharing 🙂

Katrina August 3, 2011 - 11:51 PM

Really I wasn’t aware of that. I have a bag rolled up in my handbag purely because some of my favourite shops like Target and Spotlight are bag free.

Mallory McLennan July 20, 2016 - 12:57 PM

Exactly what Amanda said but also – all your other soft plastics that are able to be put in your recycle bin (bread bags, chip packets, cereal box liners, rice and pasta bags) if reasonably clean (no actual food left inside) you can return to most coles and woolworths and they are recycled into outdoor seats for schools and public parks. If you are doing everything as Amanda said and recycle your soft plastics your basically left with…….nappies and a few bathroom items… just food for thought 🙂

Julie October 8, 2011 - 8:14 PM

I have just found your site (courtesy of a friend liking it) and I LOVE it! I have just finished decluttering my plastic bags (while also finishing a glass of moscato!) Thank you!

Justine January 10, 2012 - 3:41 PM

Thanks for this one – I just cleaned out my plastic bags and found stuff in there like you wouldnt believe. Some freezer liners which had a price tag from Coles (the old yellow ones) they cost 28cents, and I don’t think I have ever used them… so they are gone, gone, gone! But, on a plus, I found a bag of twistie ties (from the freezer bags) I dont use them for freezing, but they are great to help organise all those little cords from cameras, mobile phone chargers, etc…

Aarti February 28, 2012 - 2:57 PM

I recently tidied up my under-sink cupboard in the kitchen, it was stuffed full of carrier bags. I found two of those round tubs of dettol wipes, cleaned them out and stuffed the bags in there. I dont pull a bag out of the lid like you would the wipes, incase they rip, but its not very hard to take the lid off to grab some bags! I love your site!!

Katrina February 29, 2012 - 10:37 AM

Great idea!

Juliecongdon74 July 24, 2012 - 11:42 PM

I used a heap of plastic shopping bags to stuff a decorative cushion.

Abby November 20, 2013 - 10:08 PM

Any Suggestion on how to store enviro reusable bags. 🙂 I have 10000000!

Irene Parliaros December 27, 2015 - 8:13 PM


I would love to know where I can buy the plastic bag holder
“The Bag Bag” to store in my pantry.

Searched on websites but can’t seem to find this particular style.

Thanks & Regards
Irene Parliaros

JJ November 6, 2016 - 1:29 AM

Same problem as Irene – those ‘bag bag’ things used to be readily available but so far I can’t find one anywhere.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 7, 2016 - 6:45 AM

When I find one I’ll pop back in here and let you know JJ 🙂


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