Bags are everywhere, aren’t they? All kinds. If I’m not seeing a pop-up ad for designer purses while working online, I’m stumbling across plastic bags from the market in our laundry room. It seems there’s no escaping them, and they’re taking over our homes.
The problem? Bags’ intended purposes are to carry or collect items. They represent the act of storage. Therefore, the more of them we have on hand, the greater the chance for gathering stuff and holding on to it.
There’s something else I’ve discovered about bags over the years. It’s a little known secret that our children like to give us things to carry for them. I recall my son being offended that I had no room in my small purse to carry a toy for him while getting on the underground tube transport in London one day. I apologized and suggested he zip it in his coat pocket. By the surprised expression on his face I could tell he’d never considered carrying it himself!
No matter whether you feel you already have a tidy home or not, let’s agree that the state of “tidy” is rather subjective. I’ve had things seemingly in order from time to time over the years, but my purses and plastic bag collection was still out of hand. But because they were out of sight to most people, things still appeared generally tidy. If you’ve made strides in minimizing your belongings but still feel there’s tweaking to be done, it could very well be in this category.
Don’t get me wrong – the focus isn’t to appear to be anything to anyone. Our homes are not meant to impress others; they are meant to be our very own retreats. But we don’t want to lie to ourselves about the state of things by saying we’ve sorted all we own when in fact we have secret stashes of items in hidden back closets.
Let’s say you have 100 plastic bags stashed in corners of the house, behind the washing machine, and in the garage. Well, you’d be in good company (see my messy stash in this video)! However, you can have a grocery delivery service take them away to recycle when they deliver an order or take them to a recycling box at a local store. Many grocery stores or large markets like Walmart or Target have recycling bins near the stores’ entrances you could use. Or – simply chuck them in the recycling bin at home if you have those local services available.
While I like the idea of reusing them, I don’t believe you or I will never need them all of the bags we have at once. I keep a few on hand in the kitchen or walking our dog as well as a few plastic bags in my car’s trunk for trash or transporting muddy soccer cleats. Having a few reusable shopping bags in the trunk of a car means you can say no to the plastic option in any store in the future.
Imagine what getting rid of these things around your house could do for the place. If you’re like me, clearing out the bags in my pantry means I can see the floor. It’s lovely! Maybe clearing them out of your closet would mean a calmer space to enjoy. I have a suggestion that will leave you feeling your weekend was productive come Monday morning:
You will accomplish this tidy home mini makeover by doing two simple things:
1) Take a load of plastic bags to be recycled and
2) Sort through your old purses and luggage to donate or sell the ones you don’t use on eBay or Craigslist
I dare you to do both of these things tonight or this weekend! I’m wishing you greater freedom and relaxation at home by accepting this mini makeover mission!