My name is Rachel and I’m a grocery bag hoarder.
Doesn’t it seem like you either have 1,038,032 bags, or none at all? There never seems to be a happy medium. All my life, it has seemed like there were either no grocery bags to be found when I needed one, or so many that they were taking over everyone’s lives. One of my goals in life is to NOT be a hoarder. I hate too much stuff, and I loooovvvee throwing crap away. For some reason, though, my genetic makeup (sorry, Dad!) takes over when it comes to grocery bags. I hate throwing them away, because it seems like as soon as I do, I need a bunch for something.
This summer, I was inspired by Hi Sugarplum’s sink cabinet makeover and I organized mine as well. It has stayed pretty neat, and I love the tension rod for my cleaning supplies, by the way! (She was able to use just a tension rod, but apparently I have too much stuff because mine wouldn’t stay up. I had to add some hooks for extra support, which were left over from our closet shelving system.) So that works beautifully, but grocery bags were beginning to take over.
Here’s what the cabinet under my sink looked like recently. The black thing on the left is a grocery bag organizer that I bought before I had a house to put it in, and I hate it. It hurts my fingers and it it’s hard to get bags in and out of it. Don’t buy it. I tried mounting it inside the cabinet doors with command strips, but it didn’t hold, so there it is — just leaning there, completely useless. You can’t really tell, but behind the little pale with towels in it is allllll grocery bags. Every morning when I make Kreig’s lunch, I have to dig through everything under the sink to get to grocery bags because I refuse to mess with the holder thingy. Everything falls out and it makes me grumpy. It’s been driving me crazy for a long time.
My wheels have been turning on this one for a while. I have seen people use containers from cleaning wipes to store grocery bags, but I wasn’t ready to reduce my hoard that much. I did a little Googling and saw some coffee cans turned grocery bag storage, but I still didn’t think that was big enough, and plus I have a Keurig so I don’t have any coffee cans. I got brainstorming a little bit, and realized an oatmeal canister would work…. and I had one! A normal person would have waited until the oats were gone to steal their packaging, but I’m
crazy impatient, so I dumped the oats in a freezer bag and cleaned out the container.
Of course I couldn’t leave it looking like an oatmeal container, so I got out my favorite Target Dollar Spot wrapping paper and cut it to size. I just ran some strips of double-sided tape from top to bottom, every few inches around the canister. This is my best attempt at a picture of that… you can kind of see the tape:
I just wrapped the paper around the canister, overlapping it a little bit.
It probably would have been fine with just the paper, but I worried that it might get wet. So, I covered the wrapping paper with some clear Con-Tact paper to protect it. It makes it look a little less pretty because it kind of blurries up the pattern on the paper, but it’s still cuter than oats… or water stains.
For the top, I traced a circle onto it.
Then I cut out the circle by folding it in half first to start my cut.
Here’s the top when it was all done. Not perfect, but who cares? The grocery bags will be popping through it anyway.
And voila! Here’s what the cabinet under my sink looks like now… Ahh, it makes me happy!
I love the finished product… A pretty and functional little grocery bag holder/dispenser. And I am vowing right now that if it’s full, I will throw the extra bags out!