Tidy Your Grocery Bags with Tissue Boxes

When I’m grocery shopping, I try to remember my reusable bags, but sometimes forget them or underestimate how many I’ll need and wind up bringing home more plastic bags. I hate just throwing them away, so I try to reuse them when shopping and around the house as much as possible.

I use them to:

  • Toss stinky diapers
  • Pack my kids spare shoes in their backpacks when they wear boots to school
  • Line my wastebaskets
  • Clean up chihuahua doo in the yard
  • Collect trash in my minivan (I even keep a little wastebasket in there.)
  • Dye my hair
  • Replace packing materials
  • Line bowls in the fridge when I’m thawing meat
  • Collect mismatched socks while waiting for their buddies to reappear from the abyss

There are endless ways to get more use out of them, but I hate having them just hanging around waiting for their 15 minutes of fame. They look untidy and take up a lot of space.

Luckily, one of the ideas I found on Pinterest was using empty tissue boxes to store rogue grocery bags. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but I wondered how many one would actually hold and how convenient it would really be.

So, today I tested the tip.

I filled this tissue box with 17 bags, and honestly, if I was neater about it, I probably could have put more in there. It was easy to get them in there and just as easy to pull them out.

I’m in love.

Putting the grocery bags in a tissue box takes up way less space and looks much more organized than stuffing bags inside bags. In fact, as more tissue boxes get emptied, I’m going to fill them with grocery bags and strategically place them where I use them most:

  • The kitchen
  • Garage
  • Minivan
  • Bathroom
  • And one upstairs for our bedroom wastebaskets.

I’m excited that this Pinterest tip panned out. Having a few small tissue boxes holding my extra plastic grocery bags around the house is much more attractive than a big ugly bag stuffed with them. I can slip them into drawers and under my car seat and they’re handy whenever I need them. Plus, the convenience rocks my mismatched socks!

Plastic grocery bags in empty tissue boxes? Jessi approved!


Photo: flickr.com/photos/dan4th/2152704346

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