You might think storage bags — and other plastic containers — are only good for sandwiches, snacks and the occasional DIY ice pack, but if you unzip your imagination you’ll find that there are a ton of ways to use storage bags around your home. Keep reading for tips and tricks that will help you get your entire home organized using food bags you can reuse again and again for simple, sustainable storage.
If you’re looking for kitchen organization tips, besides the obvious use of keeping foods fresh and organized, storage bags can be used in a variety of ways. Keep your recipe collection organized by placing individual recipes or groups of recipes in storage bags, that way you can still read them and keep them clean from any cooking mess you might create. You can even use large storage bags to hold entire cookbooks you can still use by clipping the pages back inside with a plastic clip. You can also turn storage bags into makeshift icing bags by filling them with icing and sniping off the tip for easy use and control.
Pretty much any article of clothing can be bagged, labeled and placed nicely in a drawer or closet until use. Use jumbo storage bags or large stackable plastic containers for sweaters, small blankets and other seasonal items you can tuck away in the closet or under your bed. If you’re using bags, be sure to get all the air out of the bags so that they can be easily stacked and organized. You can even use storage bags to organize your underwear and sock drawers! Storage bags are also perfect solutions for travel. Pack and label clothes, cords and other essentials in small zip-top bags so you can easily grab and use whatever you need without having to dig around too much. Plus, if something spills, your other items are protected.
Sandwich bags are meant to save space and keep things fresh so the bathroom is the perfect place to start using them for organization. Plus, they’re clear and easy to write on making it simple to see your products and label them clearly. Use small sandwich baggies for Q-tips, medications, hair ties and other small beauty supplies like nail polish and razors so you can easily see, store, and use them when needed. You can even fix a limescale buildup on your showerhead with a sandwich bag filled halfway with white vinegar placed over the entire shower head and secured with rubber bands or string. After one night in the solution, your shower should work like new again!
Arts and crafts supplies can make the biggest messes if you’re not careful. You can organize markers, crayons, and paints by color, style or whatever works best for you and your family. Plus, if something spills in a drawer or a bin, you can simply rinse out your storage bag instead of having a major mess. Have to take a break during painting? Simply place your paintbrush in a baggie, squeeze out the air, zip it up and put it in the freezer. When you’re ready to start again, thaw your brush for about 15 minutes and you’re ready. Love puzzles and board games? Never lose a piece, die, or token again with small storage bags labeled for each item!
With so many nooks and crannies in your car it’s easy to lose things. Keep a box or two of storage bags in your car for important papers, cords, and cash so even if something does fall through the cracks, it’s more easily accessible and quick to grab. You can also keep car-only games and activities in plastic containers under your seats or in your trunk so you have one less thing to remember for entertainment on long car trips.