Does anybody out there just have a plastic bag in their house that’s full of other plastic bags? Well, as of two days ago, I can confidently answer “NO!” to that question. In an attempt to clear up some cabinet clutter, we picked up a neat bag organizer from IKEA for $1.99. I tried really hard to find it on their site but, no such luck. However, this little thing comes from the VARIERA line, if you want to check it out in-store.
On it’s own, it’s just plain plastic. So, I decided to spruce it up with some spray paint to bring a little color into our laundry nook.
After going through the paint I already had on hand, I settled on this pretty icy blue by Valspar. About 3 quick, light coats and 24 hours later, I had a much schnazzier looking place to store all my plastic grocery bags. And, just in case you’re tempted to comment about using cloth bags instead, know that after about a month, we empty our bag supply straight into the recycling bin. Plus, we reuse these bags for sorting, small trash cans, and sometimes even paint clean up.
And here it is looking all pretty. This organizer actually came with two hanging strips already attached, but I didn’t really want to use those. They seemed like the kind that wouldn’t come off cleanly which is no bueno. I used four of my favorite 3M Command hooks (the small, velcro type), so I can easily take this on and off the wall. Yay!!
Obviously, our little laundry “room” is not too fancy. There’s barely enough room to unload the washer and dryer! But, I do think this bright cheery little bag organizer adds a little pop of happiness. Plus, it pairs pretty well with our cleaning chart (which will be blogged about soon, probably with a free download. What?!)
How do you store utilitarian things like plastic bags? Any other good suggestions?