Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays: 28 Day Challenge – Day 28!
It’s Day 28! Can you believe it? We are almost there my friends! Congrats to you for all the progress you made during the past four weeks! Woohoo!
Day 28: Declutter and organize your reusable shopping bags.
Today’s challenge is a simple one that’s designed to deal with current clutter and prevent future clutter. (Gotta’ love a two-for-one challenge, right?) If you’re anything like me, you love the idea of using reusable shopping bags. It prevents the hassle of collecting the plastic bags inside your home and taking them to be recycled. Reusable shopping bags help prevent clutter inside your home, and they’re great for the environment as well. But, what happens when your collection of reusable bags gets unruly, and how do you make sure to remember to take your bags to the store with you? That’s what today’s challenge is all about.
Let’s start by talking about decluttering an overgrown collection of reusable bags. If you have too many, and feel it would be a good idea to downsize them, why not use the extras as donation bags? Set a bag in each closet in your home, and make it your goal to fill up the bags over the course of several weeks or months. When they’re full, donate the bag and the stuff inside. (Oh, wow, that’s another two-for-one! How fun is that?)
Okay, so for the bags you decide to keep, the real trick is to store them someplace so that your bags are with you when you’re at the store. The most effective solution I have found for this, so far, is to keep bags in my purse. But there was a downside. It meant having a super huge purse, like a purse so big that my family called it a suitcase (and I would literally run into people with my purse while shopping.)
Plan B for my bags has been to keep a supply in the trunk of my car. I also keep a handful of bags in a bucket that hangs on hook on the back door of my house—the door I use every single time I go shopping. This works great!
So your challenge for today is to reevaluate your collection of reusable shopping bags. If you have too many, use the extras for donation bags. And then, create a storage solution for the bags you keep, so they’re easy to remember to take to the store.
I’d love to hear from you! How do you handle reusable shopping bags? Do you have a storage solution that works great for you? And…are you going shopping on Black Friday? Thanks for sharing. And thanks so much for joining in this challenge! I hope you enjoyed it as much as Jennifer and I enjoyed putting it together.