Make-Do Mondays, as you may recall from last week’s post, is to be hosted by Shari at My Practically Perfect Life. I’m no longer the hub, but I do have a small make-do idea to share and link to the carnival.
Back in August, I posted a photo of my make-do plastic bag dryer—a crock full of utensils on which I can hang the bags.
But I have yet another plastic bag dryer I can set up when we’re rinsing out a lot of bags all at once. I got this idea from a magazine like Better Homes and Garden or Real Simple. Can’t remember which. I keep all the wooden chopsticks from our Chinese takeout and pop those in the holes of a retired toothbrush holder.
Two or three sticks can fit in each hole, allowing for lots of bag-drying “racks.”This make-do set-up is kind of cute and very handy.
I almost donated the toothbrush holder to Goodwill. I’m glad I didn’t. When I saw this make-do solution, I was able to start using it right away.
This, along with the utensil crock dryer, allows us to get several uses from each bag.
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Great idea! I usually hang my washed plastic bags in various places around the kitchen, but the chopsticks in the toothbrush holder is brilliant!
Hope you are well, Ann!
It’s so funny that you posted this now- this weekend a friend posted her bag-drying setup (each bag on a plastic cup) on facebook and I commented about your utensil idea. I just sent her the update! 🙂
This is brilliant. Shows you that you should never get rid of anything 🙂 It will all come in handy eventually!!
Kerry: Thanks for your comment–I am doing well and hope you are, too. My mother-in-law will actually slap them up on the partially tiled surface above her sink in Belgium to drip dry. It almost looks magical to see them stuck up there with nothing holding them except the humidity!
Kara: The cup idea is a good one! Like Kerry, sometimes we just stick them wherever we can find something “peg-like.” Thanks for making this suggestion to your friend. She can dry more bags than ever between her cups and this homemade gadget.
Leila: You know, this is also why I’m terrible at decluttering, Very often I will put off donating stuff, then finally I just take a deep breath and head over to Goodwill with a box with some items. Then two days later I learn a great way to reuse exactly the items I just donated. It’s very demotivating to my decluttering efforts.
Awesome tip! I also take a long time to donate my extra things because I am positive I will find a use for them. I usually do too. The funny thing is that when I do donate, I realize a use for that item almost the next day, but the item could have sat in my home for months! What a crazy life………..
Thanks for letting me host Make-Do Mondays. I am sooooo excited to carry forth your good work.
See you soon,
That is a fantastic idea. I don’t have an old toothbrush holder, but by golly I am going to figure out a way to rig up something like this using that big box of disposable chopsticks we’ve got in the basement.
Karen@Surviving Motherhood says
I’m looking at my knife-holding wood block right now, which often doubles as a bag drying rack. In fact there are two bags on it at the moment.
Used to think this was a good idea – but THIS idea of yours?
Oh, my daughter is not going to be happy when I tell her it is entirely possible to wash and hang six or seven bags at a time! Ha!
(Of course, if she would just wash the bags that are dirty each night, she wouldn’t accumulate six or seven of them…Oh, Mother!!! *grin*)
Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus says
Great idea, Ann. I am so disappointed in myself at how much I waste — things that certainly could be reused.
I am so glad to see others who recycle plastic bags! I got that from my gram but could never understand why people just pitch them. I always dry them over utensils too but I store them in my freezer, I think that helps somehow. Besides . . . that’s what Gram did – LOL! They’re so handy. (I only buy good freezer quality ones and I never reuse ones with meat products in them. I try to wrap meat products in plastic wrap first so the bags stay nice.)