Storing Plastic Grocery Bags

Storing Plastic Grocery Bags

When it comes to storing those plastic grocery bags in our house, I normally just stuff them in the side part of our closet or pantry. (Do people really say pantry these days?)  I don’t have a large kitchen closet for storing my groceries.  I know that some people like using the reusable bags and not using the plastic store bags when they’re shopping, but I like the store bags because I used them as liners for my garbage cans in the bathrooms. I just needed to find a neater way to store them.  I tried putting them inside of a larger bag and keeping them at the bottom of the closet, but they kept spilling out all over the closet.  So, I came up with this nifty way of keeping them in check.  Now, all I have to do is pull out a bag when I need one and don’t have to worry about them going everywhere.  Here’s how I did it. (First, take a look at how I was keeping them previously.)

Storing Plastic Grocery Bags

This is normally how we would store our plastic grocery bags.  Just stuff them in the closet.  As you can tell from the size of our closet on the right, it is not that large. (This post gave me an opportunity to clean and reorganize my kitchen closet.)

Items needed:

  • box that will fit comfortably inside of your pantry closet
  • wall paper, gift wrap or some type of covering (optional)
  • tape
  • nails


Storing Plastic Grocery Bags

First, you’ll need to find a box that will fit into the space allotted in your closet.  I found a box that was thin and long enough to fit into my small space.  Plus, it had a nice opening at the top for stuffing the plastic bags.  I purchased this canvas wall hanging from Bed Bath & Beyond for $3.00. It was on clearance and it was the perfect size box and wrapping.

Storing Plastic Grocery Bags

I measured about 3 inches and cut a hole large enough to pull out the grocery bags without them getting stuck or falling out on their own.  You should make the hole close enough to the bottom of the box so that the stuffed bags will fall down when needed.

Storing Plastic Grocery Bags

I covered my box because I wanted it to look pretty hanging in the closet.  Make sure and leave the top part open for stuffing bags.  This was a really pretty paper which is actually a canvas wall hanging. It really brightened up that dull gray look on the box.

Storing Plastic Grocery Bags

I secured the opening with tape so that the wrapping wouldn’t come loose when pulling out bags.  The wrapping turned out nicely.

Storing Plastic Grocery Bags

I pushed the plastic bags down in the top part of the box.  Then, I used a broom handle to push them further down in the box.  You want to store as many as possible, but try not to over stuff the box too tightly because you want the bags to be able to drop down when you remove one.

Storing Plastic Grocery Bags

I punched two nails through the top of the box.  I’m going to nail them into the wall to hold the box tightly inside of the closet.  Also, I nailed a nail through the opening slot to make sure that it would be secured to the wall and wouldn’t come up.

Storing Plastic Grocery Bags

This is another shot of the box after being nailed into the wall.  Now, this is so much better and neater!

Do you have a great way of storing those plastic grocery bags?

Update 04/26/2015:  It would be a good idea to cut a hole in the middle part of the side of the storage container.  That way, if the bags stick, you would be able to reach them easier.


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  1. Hey, Sharon! your idea of storing the plastic bags is great. I also used to stuff the plastic bags in the side part of our closet or pantry and your blog will help me a lot for storing them in a proper manner. I will surely try this idea.
    I must say that you are very creative and thoughtful. Thanks for sharing this with us Sharon.

    Have a nice day

  2. Hey Buddy,

    Nice post!

    What a great idea. I liked it so much…….! Made one for myself too. This is so easy and at the same time so useful. It worked out great for me. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas.

    Hoping to see more such posts from you.

    Thank you…!

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  4. A really nice idea, Sharon! I am into collecting plastic bags and reuse them at some ideas, but I just realize that it gets more and more to the point that I should have a storage for them. Luckily, I found this article.

  5. Wahoo… great idea… I have been folding mine, which is OK, but this way is a bit more accessible 🙂 I also like the feedback comment re: paper towel tubes… how did you get so smart???

  6. thanks, very useful post
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  7. I shove them into the paper towel tubes and keep these everywhere when they are full… one tube in the car, one in the bathroom, one in the bedroom drawer. That way I have bags where ever I need them. But I love your idea of covering the container. I am going to try that!
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  8. This is a great organizer. I bought a plastic one from Ikea years ago that is much wider than this one. I like how this one can fit in a tight spot and out of the way.

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  9. I really really need you to come visit me and sort out my house.
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  10. Thanks for sharing with the Let’s Get Real hop. We hope you’ll join us again this week.
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  11. Great idea!! Thank you so much for Linking up @ Monday Handmade Linkup Party.
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  12. Very clever and I love that you made use of a very small space. Visting from Craft Frenzy Friday.

  13. What a great idea! Love that. Thank you for sharing on Whatever Wednesday on Thank You Honey! Hope to see you again next week!

  14. What a great idea!!! I’m definitely doing this to corall all my plastic bags! 🙂
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  15. Hello Sharon! Thanks for linking up to Whatever Wednesdays. I’m glad to see you in the link ups again 🙂
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  16. I actually use a tube sock. Cut out the toe seam, tie the top off in a knot and waalaa!

  17. We have a commercially made container for storing bags, but I love how clever you were to use that narrow bit of space for storage. It seems to me your idea could be adaptable to a variety of situations.
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  18. That’s really cute! I have a few bags in an old dryer sheet box, but keep a lot of them in a bigger bag in the garage. Not pretty, but it works.
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  19. Great idea, I have the same problem with storing plastic bags.
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