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'curating' your reusable bag collection in 5 steps

On March 1st a plastic bag ban went into effect in NYC. This means that getting a handle on your reusable bag situation is more important than ever. I find that my clients have way more reusable bags than they could ever want, need or use; and they’re all shoved at the bottom of a closet! In today’s post I’m going to provide you with 5 steps to ‘curating’ your reusable bag collection.

These are the 5 categories of bags I find in my client’s homes: plastic, paper, reusable (poor quality), tote and reusable (hardy). They all have different uses and at the end of the day, there are some you just like more than others; don’t worry, the bags you let go of will get over it.

STEP 1: clear a space on the floor and separate your bags into the 5 categories above.

STEP 2: decide on a number per type – I need 4 hardy reusable bags, etc.

STEP 3: contain each category in a bag of its type

STEP 4: decide on a home – you can put them back at the bottom of the closet but now you know which type is where

STEP 5: Shop without bag stress :)

Now that you know your preferences for bags, keep this in mind the next time you’re offered a free reusable bag. Maybe you like big totes but only if they have zippers or maybe you don’t like white reusable bags because they get too dirty. Whatever your reasoning, remember that you don’t have to accept a free bag just because it’s free – I know, crazy idea!

One of the most common reasons for

needing a reusable bag is grocery shopping. I recently tried out Lotus Trolley Bags and was very impressed! The 4 bags in the set Velcro together in your cart and allow you to separate your groceries by type, which makes life easier when you put away your groceries. Separately you can buy their reusable produce bags, which cut down on so much waste! These bags are ideally suited for those who go grocery shopping with a car and in stores with full sized carts.

This post was done in partnership with Lotus Trolley Bags, however all opinions are my own. Try my tips above and let me know how it goes! You can email me at and follow me on Instagram @toritheorganizer.


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