Instead of purchasing small trash bags, I reuse plastic shopping bags when I clean the cat litter or to line small trash barrels. A couple of years ago, I crocheted two plastic bag holders – one for the kitchen and one for the basement. If the bag holders are bulging, I recycle the bags at my grocery store. The bags are organized; but, more important, they get used.
I remember my parents saved far more plastic shopping bags than they ever used. They’d fill one shopping bag with others until the bag was full … then they tied the handles together and stored the bags in the basement. After their next trip to the store, they’d start filling a new bag with more shopping bags.
How many plastic shopping bags do you use? If you don’t reuse these bags, invest in bags that you can bring to the store and reuse time and again. Even if you do find uses for these plastic bags, consider getting reusable bags (you can purchase tote bags from most of the stores you shop in) for your grocery shopping.
Of course, if you shop less, you’ll receive fewer shopping bags!
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Only if this item doesn’t apply to you … use your 15-minutes of decluttering to get rid of five horrible photographs (print or digital.)
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.