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Clutter Video Tip: 4 Ways to Use Paper Sacks to Organize

Sure paper sacks are great for making masks, but what do you do with them when it’s not Halloween? Watch this video (at to see how to utilize this tool in your organizing projects. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded player.)



Hi, I’m Lorie Marrero, and today’s Clutter Video Tip is about paper sacks; they are a great tool for organizing. They’re one of the best temporary containers that you can find. First of all, they’re free, secondly, they stand up on their own, they’re very sturdy, and you won’t miss them if you give them away. And they also are easy to label with a permanent marker. You can also fold them up really flat, so when you’re ready to do a project, you don’t have a lot of extra boxes and things that are bulky to store with your organizing tools.

So, here are some of the ways that I use them in my organizing projects. First, I put them in my donation station, so when I have a lot of things that are ready to be donated, I collect them in these paper sacks, and then when they’re full, I take them to Goodwill. If you have other things while you’re organizing that you want to give away, you can maybe give them to your sister or your mother, you can write that person’s name directly on the bag and fill that up with the items that you want to give to them. Sometimes when you’re doing an organizing project, we recommend that you a have what we call an “Elsewhere Box” or an “Elsewhere Bag”, so this is a great use for that as well. You can write the name of the area of the house that you want to put items into, so kitchen or bathroom, or whatever the area is that you’re not currently working in so that you won’t get distracted during your project by going and taking those items to their regular homes. And lastly, you might want to use paper sacks for the overflow for recycling and shredding when you’re doing a really large home office project. Sometimes your regular trashcan just isn’t enough.

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See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.

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