Video: How to Organize Plastic Bags


When my daughter was born, my mom came to stay with us in Buffalo for three weeks to help out. It was the middle of winter, in a blizzard. We were basically trapped inside the entire time since toting a newborn out in negative temperatures was not a great idea.

My mom did everything. From cooking and cleaning to laundry and taking her shift to watch the baby so I could rest, there was always delicious meals ready for us to eat, a clean apartment, and she even weather-proofed our windows to help keep the freezing temperatures out.

My mom is very organized, resourceful, and creative. If she can repurpose or re-use something, she will. She’s also good at origami. So while she was confined to 1,100 sq. ft of space, she got creative. She saw how we stashed our plastic bags (read: shoved into a cabinet) and that they were overflowing (you know, you just smash them in there and shut the door quickly hoping they all don’t come out). So she decided to take matters into her own hands.

Every night on the couch, she would fold bags into small triangles while watching TV. It’s super easy and something you can do while watching your favorite show.

Plastic Bag Folding

How to Fold Plastic Bags and Reduce Clutter in Your Cabinets

  1. Flatten the bag out and make sure to get as much of the air out as you can
  2. Fold bag into thirds
  3. Fold the handles down
  4. Start folding to each side, creating a triangle shape
  5. Go back and forth until you reach near the end
  6. Tuck the last piece in
  7. Done!

I throw a couple of these into my bag when we leave the house in case we need a travel trash bag or whatever other needs might arise… you know, #motherhood. We leave a few in each of the bathroom drawers so we can replace bags when we take the trash out. It seems like something so simple but it has helped keep our home a little more organized. Thanks, mom ๐Ÿ™‚