Closed September 2017

How to Organize Food Storage Bags, Wraps and Foil | Clutter Video Tip

Arrrgh! Foiled again! Is that how you feel every time you reach for your aluminum foil or plastic wrap? Don’t get left holding the bag because your zippered baggies are disorganized. Watch this video to keep these essential kitchen tools under wraps.

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Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, creator of The Clutter Diet Book and on-line program, and today, I’ve realized I have a lot of tips to share with you about foil and wraps and these kinds of storage bags, so let’s just get right to it.

Ideally, you want to centralize these as much as possible in drawers. Drawers are the best way to view and store these kinds of items. If you don’t have enough drawer space, you can also use these caddies that you can see here. I love these for the inside of a cabinet door, the inside of a pantry door, or just a wall where you have extra space to store something.

So another solution is this under-shelf basket that slides right onto a shelf and provides an additional level of shelving for very narrow items like these. So, this can be very helpful as well. You want to store all of these with proximity to the refrigerator and also to the other food storage containers such as Rubbermaid, Tupperware, those kinds of things. Put those where you can put your food away quickly and make lunches quickly.

So, my best tip for you about this is to please remove this cardboard flap. I see this all the time. These cardboard flaps are catching on the drawer where you open and close it and they’re catching on everything; if you’re trying to pull it out from one of these under-shelf baskets too. Rip the entire thing off and leave this open and exposed as a dispenser for these bags. The next thing you need to do with these storage bags is please put them in the drawer in order from small to large. This is not about being OCD and correct about all of it, it’s about making it easier to find and see these things. Most people have snack, sandwich, quart, and gallon as the sizes they use. So put them in that order so you can quickly see which size is which. It saves you a lot of hassle and mess in the drawer.

Also, I want you to think about creative uses for these, so don’t think about it just for food. Think about it for travel. You can create different sets of outfits for your children and put each one in a gallon Ziploc bag. You can do, of course, toiletries in the quart size bag, like you’re supposed to, to go through the TSA line. Also, think about these bags for portion sizes, not storing food after as leftovers but storing food in different portions before you eat it. So nuts are a great example. Doing like a half-cup of pistachios in a snack size back, that helps you understand portion control if you’re trying to follow an eating plan. So think about that creatively, get those centralized, take the cardboard off, and put them in order.

Those are my tips for you today. Please share your tips in the comments and let us know what else you’d like to hear about here on our channel. You can find out more about getting help from us as experts in our on-line program. You can always go to to find out how we can help you personally.

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

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