Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Kitchen Tip Tuesdays

I love Tammy's new graphic for Kitchen Tip Tuesdays! Be sure to check out her site to see more Kitchen Tip Tuesdays.
My tip this week isn't just for the kitchen, it can be used in different areas in the house (including the kitchen) & even in other places.
I got this tip from The Home Show. It was a show that was on in the late 80's & early 90's. The host was Gary Collins & they had a few different hostesses but I can't remember their names. It was a nice show to watch. It had interviews with various people, home tips, crafts, recipes, & just things like that. It was a good wholesome show. Not many of those these days.
Carol Duvall used to do crafts & things on this show & I really liked this one & have been using it for years....at least 15 years, but maybe longer. LOL
I guess we could call it the "tube 'o bags" trick.
You know those plastic grocery bags (like WalMart's)? They are hard to put away, hard to have a nice place to store them. I know there are cute little hanging bags you can buy to put them in, but I've just always used this tube trick.
You take an empty paper towel tube & stuff a plastic bag down into it, leaving one handle sticking out the top like this:

Then you take your next bag & thread the bottom of the bag through the loop, like this:

Then you cram that bag down into the tube, also leaving one handle sticking out.
Repeat this process until your tube is full & you can't fit any more bags into it. You can actually get quite a few in there. I counted the other night & I got 10 bags into one tube.
You can see this one is full as the first bag is starting to come out the other end.
Since you hook each bag into the handle of the last one you put in, it makes it like a dispenser, you pull one out & then next one pops up, just like Kleenexes.
These little "tube 'o bags" fit nicely into drawers. I keep a few in one of my kitchen drawers. I also use these bags as trash bags in our bathrooms & in the little wastebaskets that are in each bedroom, so I keep quite a few of these tubes up on a shelf in our laundry room.
I keep a tube in our fishing boat. Years ago when our daughter was little we had a camper & I always had at least one, if not more, of these "tube 'o bags" in a drawer in our camper.
Also, you could decorate these if you want. I remember coloring flowers on one of these with our daughter when she was little.
I guess I think this is a pretty useful trick, I've been doing it for a lot of years! I learned it from The Home Show & have been using this trick ever since.


Lori L said...

I used left over fabric, made it into a tube, put elastic in the bottom and top, and a little hanging strap on the top. I have a big one and a small one. I can really get a lot of plastic bags in the larger one and even the small one probably holds 30. I keep the big one in the kitchen closet (or pantry) and the small one upstairs.

Sandra said...

This is such a good idea. You could also decorate the tube to fit someone's theme in their kitchen just to make it cute. I may make one and cut it smaller to fit in my kitchen drawers. Neat idea!!

Summer said...

I love this idea! So handy!


Sandra said...

We are going camping this week, and I am making one of these for the camper. It will not take up much room and will be perfect. I usually have bags all over the place in there. This idea is great.

Jane said...

That's a good idea for the camper, Sandra. These bags sure come in handy while camping. :)