How Many Carrier Bags Do I Actually Need?

After spending a full day at work followed by parents’ evening and then making dinner, it was late evening before I could think about what small decluttering task I could fit into today.

Instead of walking into the kitchen to clean up the daily remains, I walked into the spare room to get some inspiration.

Whilst tidying up in there yesterday, I found many carrier bags so I put them to one side next to the pile that I found in the utility room last week. I’ve started placing the grocery shopping bags in this very cute sailor carrier bag holder that my mother in law bought me several years ago…

Sailor carrier bag holder

She’d be pleased to know that I still use it, although it’s lost its hanging loop so I’ve tied a rubber band to the top. It’ll come in handy now that the shops in the UK charge for carrier bags and I can maybe keep it hanging behind the shoe cupboard door so that it’s easy to grab a bag when I’m popping out to the shops.

So, what do I do with the rest of these?

A multitude of carrier bags

I spent ten minutes this evening sorting into sizes and types. Sad, I know, but necessary for my decluttering project because otherwise they would stay in my way in the spare room forever.

So, how do you store your carrier bags and how many do you have? I stopped counting (out of embarrassment) when I got to 50 bags! I know it’s nice to have a variety of different sizes and colours; but realistically, am I ever going to use that many at one time?

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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6 Responses to How Many Carrier Bags Do I Actually Need?

  1. Miss Hued says:

    My plastic bags are a mess, but I’ve been steadily working through them as liners for my garbage bins. They aren’t quite big enough, but the lid keeps them in place and the size ensures that the trash doesn’t stick around too long. I’ve been trying to be better about reusable bags, but there are still many days when I forget and bring home a few more plastic ones. Luckily I’ve reached the point where I’m using more than I bring home most days, so it’s slowly getting under control.

    • Thank you for your comment. I’m glad that I’m not the only one who keeps so many bags and buys more when out shopping. I’m going to do two things today – put some bags in my car boot and order another carrier bag holder.

  2. I keep 2 folding fabric bags in my purse so I don’t get caught without. I keep the ones I have for food shopping in the largest and bring the whole thing to the supermarket. The supermarket does collect singles use bags so I do bring them in when my husband comes home with them. If you have a farmers market near you you could give them to a stall holder for those customers that don’t bring their own. My town library has a twice yearly book sale so I have given some to them also. I have about 8 fabric bags for my regular shopping.

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