I'm sure most of you are thinking, "Why on earth would I waste time folding plastic grocery bags?" And you're thinking I'm quite insane. So I'd like to address the Why before starting on the How.
Folded bags take up way less space than crumpled bags. And why is this helpful? I've made a list:
- To prevent pulling out five bags from the drawer or wherever you store them every time you need only one.
- To easily toss in the diaper bag. Plastic bags are invaluable when you've got a kid in diapers or potty training.
- To tuck in your pocket so you can be a good neighbour when you take the dog for a walk. You know what I mean.
- To keep handy on road trips. If you've ever travelled long distances with kids, you know that bags are important. And cars get messy on road trips with kids, so it helps to have said bags tucked in somewhere handy.
Folding the bags actually takes very little time. Less than 30 seconds for me, and my sister-in-law is even faster. I learned this tip from her, and she learned it from her grandfather.
How to fold grocery bags
- Flatten the bag and fold it in half lengthwise, then in half lengthwise again.
- Starting from the bottom of the bag, fold the end over to form a triangle. Keep folding, following the previous folds until you reach the top of the bag. No need to strive for perfection, of course.
- Tuck in the last few inches of bag handle and flatten your little folded bag.
Simple! Personally, I think this is a brilliant idea.
PS: What do you think of the new design? I started out designing new business cards, but couldn't stop there.