Organizing food storage wraps

If you’re not lucky enough to have a designated drawer for food storage wraps in your kitchen, you probably have to sacrifice space in your pantry or cupboards for plastic wrap, wax paper, parchment paper, aluminum foil, plastic sandwich bags, freezer paper, cellophane bags, reusable shopping bags, and reusable produce bags. I have to store these items in my pantry, too, and I have been considering the following items to help better organize my space:

Right now, the wrap shelves and the bag holder are what I think I’m going to buy. What do you use to organize your food storage wraps in your kitchen? Or, are you one of the lucky ones with a designated drawer? Tell us about your food storage wrap situation in the comments.


This post has been updated since its original publication in 2009.

63 Comments for “Organizing food storage wraps”

  1. posted by Taylor at Household Management 101 on

    I use something very similar to what has been pictured, a attachable back-of-door wrap organizer, but it is wire instead of plastic like the one shown when you click the link. I like it because it keeps some shelf space in my pantry clear, and it accommodates lots of different sizes because it is all one shelf.

    I also use a bag holder for plastic grocery bags. Of course, if I accumulate a lot I return them to the store for recycling, because although we need them in our house frequently, we always seem to accumulate too many.

  2. posted by katie on

    Our cupboards have adjustable shelves, with peg holes spaced about 2″ apart. We just bought some white shelving cut to size and added a new shelf, with only *just* enough space for those wrap boxes. They fit perfectly!

  3. posted by Jasi on

    I am about to install a back of the door wrap organizer. Wraps currently occupy prime drawer real estate.

    I already have the IKEA grocery bag storage thing. It’s really great. I am thinking about getting another one for upstairs where I also re-use the bags in the bathrooms.

    Good post!

  4. posted by knitwych on

    I must admit, I rolled my eyes at the $9.95 bag holder for reusable and plastic shopping bags. Storing reusable shopping bags in the house never worked for me; I always forgot them (until I was standing in line at the grocery, and experienced one of those “Aw [email protected]! Forgot the bags!” moments.) Our reusable shopping bags live in our vehicles. I have a dollar store plastic basket that sits on my passenger-side floor, and all the bags live in there. If someone is riding with me, I can easily grab the basket and move it so they’ll have a place to put their feet. DBF just tosses his onto the backseat of his truck.

    When we come home from shopping, we hang the empty reusable bags on the front doorknob to remind us to grab them the next time we go out. Plastic bags of all types (shopping, bread, etc.), which we use for cat litter and small trash can liners, get stuffed into a couple of boutique-style tissue boxes, where we can just grab them as needed. We keep one near the litter box, and one in the kitchen. When we have too many to fit into the boxes, we take them back to the store to stuff into the recycling bin.

    The wire racks for storing wraps are great – and you can use them for other things. I have one attached to the inside of my bathroom vanity door. I keep tall skinny products (hairspray, tubes of hair gel, lotion, etc.) in them. I’m not a fan of the plastic Rubbermaid racks, as their design makes them unitaskers. The wire ones are much more versatile.

  5. posted by momofthree on

    in our small house, I do have a drawer that I keep all the boxes for the foil. wax paper, parchment, plastic wrap, etc. in. It is the bottom most of the 4 drawers that I have in the kitchen. One for cooking gadgets, one for silverware, one for baking bowls, measuring cups. (solids and liquids) and one for the rolls/boxes.
    The reusabale shopping bags are stored inside the most sturdiest of them all and those are kept under my desk also in the kitchen.

    The disposable/plastic shopping bags from some stores are kept in a cloth tube, made out a dish towel, so the colors match the rest of the linens in the kitchen.
    It was easy to make. Folded the towel in half the long way and sewed up a long tube. turned up the bottom edge and made a tube to thread a small length of elastic thru. stitched the elastic together by hand, making the bottom opening a bit small than the top. Used a piece of scrap material to make the hanging loop up at the top edge, hand sewn on, and the “bag of bags” as we call it hangs from the knob of the jelly cupboard I have in the kitchen. If we accumulate too many of the flimsy things, off to the recycle bag at the grocery store they go, along with all the newspaper bags we get too. I keep those in a ripped plastic bag in the very small powder room, and when it gets full, out of the house it goes too!

    When I think about all the stuff we have in our house, considering how small it is, I realize that I am so lucky to never really feel like our house is cluttered…except for when the kids are doing homework and they have all their books and stuff everywhere!

  6. posted by Carly on

    I currently use an entire drawer (1 out of only 6 in my whole kitchen) for wraps, sandwich bags, twist ties, etc. I should consider one of these solutions instead. I think one that mounts on the inside of a door would work fairly well for me.

    I have the grocery bag holder referenced in the post, and I love it. When it gets full, I collect extra bags for recycling as well.

  7. posted by heidi y on

    At my parents’ house, they added a shelf – the size just enough for the wraps, right under a shelf that was eye-level, so you can always find a wrap!

  8. posted by ejb on

    Before you buy a “bag organizer” consider this DYI alternative: I took an old empty shoebox, and cut a small hole in one end. Then I filled the box with empty plastic bags, and taped the whole thing shut tightly. Now it sits on a small shelf, and the bags come out one at a time through the hole. When new bags come in, they are stuffed into the hole. When the box gets too full, the rest go to the supermarket for recycling.

  9. posted by Louise on

    We have four very small, very shallow drawers in the kitchen. One is for the foil and baggies. It fits two of the long boxes and one short sandwich-baggie box.

    Part of downsizing to live in our RV involved really looking hard at what we use in the kitchen. I had parchment paper, wax paper, two thicknesses of foil, three sizes of baggies. All those boxes took up too much room!

    I had tried, and then never used again, the parchment paper and wax paper. I never got rid of the rest of the box because those items keep indefinitely and it seemed “wasteful” to throw them away. So I kept them. For years. Now I have only those products that we actually use.

    I took the partially used boxes of the others to my church and put them in a drawer in the communal kitchen. They were happy to have opened boxes, unlike many other charities.

  10. posted by Eleanor on

    I keep reusable shopping bags, baking parchment and foil in a kitchen drawer. I stopped using plastic wrap, sandwich bags and freezer bags in a bid to consume less plastic, sadly the alternative (a cupboard full of assorted tupperware-type boxes, none of which stacks inside any other) has presented even more of a storage nightmare.

  11. posted by Springpeeper on

    I’m one of the lucky ones with a designated drawer (it contains other items, too, in narrow plastic trays) but I used to use a plastic-covered wire rack that was installed on the inside of a cabinet door. It worked.

    If I didn’t now have a drawer, I’d probably get an under-shelf wire rack, because it doesn’t involve making holes in the cabinetry.

  12. posted by Hippykidz on

    The wrap storage is killing me no solution here. As for the reusable bags I got this one from my stepmother. Take an old pair of sweat pants with the elastic cuff around the ankle and cut one of the legs off. Add a quick draw string at the top and not only is it bag storage but bag dispenser as well.

  13. posted by Sherri (Serene Journey) on

    In the spirit of being frugal I bought a bulk plastic wrap and the box is HUGE! It’s lasted us about a year and a half so far and the end is not yet in sight. It’s pretty bulky but has saved us a lot of money.

    I really like heidi y’s suggestion of adding a small shelf to the pantry that is just high enough to accommodate the wrap cartons. I like that it’s at eye level so you can always see it…I may just have to give that one a try.

  14. posted by infmom on

    I have a shallow kitchen drawer that’s just big enough to hold tinfoil, wax paper, plastic wrap, slow-cooker bags and two sizes (each) of zip-lock and non-zip-lock food storage bags. Rolls of parchment paper are too long for the drawer, alas, so they have to stay on a shelf in the pantry.

    What I really, REALLY need is an efficient tidy way to store food containers! We have a mish-mosh collection of varied sizes, although I have been diligently getting rid of the old, stained, melted, cracked and worn-out ones the past few months. We’ve been stacking the containers higgledy-piggledy in a cupboard in the breakfast nook and keeping their lids stored on edge in a large plastic bin, but inevitably we’ll have to pull the whole bin out and dig through it to find any given size lid. Does anyone have a better suggestion to use in a very small kitchen/breakfast area with limited shelf space?

    We keep our reusable shopping bags in the trunk of the car. When we bring groceries inside, we stuff all of the empty bags into one bag and hang it on the front doorknob to remind us to take them back outside. The few plastic bags we accumulate these days get stuffed into a larger department-store plastic bag that hangs on a hook in the laundry room, and every so often we bundle those up and recycle them at the grocery store.

  15. posted by EL on

    Don’t use wraps!!

    They are awful for the environment. A modest investment in reusable containers with lids and some nonstick bakeware with lids and you can handle anything you ordinarily would need a wrap for.

    Why throw out all that plastic and use up all that tinfoil, plus have to always buy more?

  16. posted by Clare K. R. Miller on

    Okay, I’m kind of confused. Why is it preferable to have a drawer for these things rather than pantry space? My family keeps wraps in the pantry and bags of all types in the rag closet (except for newspaper bags, which stay with the dog stuff, since they’re used for picking up her poop). I don’t think there’s much else that could usefully go in the cabinet space that’s used for wraps; certainly nothing that’s currently in a drawer. It works for us.

  17. posted by Jessiejack on

    Thanks for this site where I can read about and discuss those common little issues that I can’t really bring up in conversation! I have the pictured wrap shelf in my pantry and it works great. I confess to having several sizes of Ziploc bags stored on the same shelf. i think ziploc is 1 of the top 5 best inventions ever. @knitwych–great idea to use kleenex boxes to store the plastic bags for the cat litter–I will try since now I just have them hanging off the shelf (not attractive)

  18. posted by Sue on

    I put them on top of the fridge. It works for us and no losing a drawer. Also the flat sheet pans live up there as well. Sue

  19. posted by tagred on

    @Clare K. R. Miller : because not everyone *has* a pantry.

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  21. posted by SavvyChristine on

    I have a designated drawer for sandwich baggies, plastic wrap, tin foil, etc. I only keep the things we use in the house, and once they run out, we’re going to make the switch away from these sorts of disposables in an effort to cut back our waste.

    I noticed that Eleanor also is cutting back, and she uses tupperware instead of baggies. For sandwiches and that sort of thing, I’ve seen wraps like this. Much easier to store than tupperware!

  22. posted by Rachel on

    I just store all those extra plastic shopping bags in an empty kitchen trash bag box, such as:

    which usually has a small hole to remove the trash bags and can be re-used to easily put in or remove the plastic shopping bags. Pretty simple…

  23. posted by Kimberly on

    I have a narrow, shallow shelf on either side of the stove; one holds pot holders and the other holdes the majority of my food storage wraps because it pretty much can’t hold anything else! πŸ™‚ My super long boxes of parchment go on the shelf in the cabinet just below the drawer. As for used shopping bags I have a wall mounted plastic dispenser from IKEA ( I saw it in someone’s home and liked it so much I got one. Its great! I have it on the wall in my laundry closet.

  24. posted by Lori Paximadis on

    I am extremely lucky to have a good-sized kitchen with lots and lots of drawers, some of which are pretty much empty right now, so I keep my wraps and bags and stuff like that in drawers. But when I’ve had small kitchens in the past (one memorable one had two small drawers that stuck and two teeny lower cabinets, no uppers), those door-mounted wrap racks were a lifesaver.

    I also LOVE the idea of adding another shelf in a cabinet just high enough to hold the wraps. That’s a genius solution, since there is almost always space for it.

    Like a few others have mentioned, my reusable grocery bags (including a zippered cold bag from Trader Joe’s for frozen stuff) live in my car; I’d forget them otherwise. As soon as the bags are emptied, they go back in the car.

    As for plastic storage containers, the only solution I’ve found for keeping them organized is to buy a bunch of exactly the same in two different sizes and get rid of the rest. That way they all stack neatly and I don’t have to go digging for lids. However, it seems that the manufacturers switch up the form factor a little bit every so often, so when you buy new ones of the same size to replace yucky ones, they don’t match (fie, a pox on thee, Ziploc!). It’s a conspiracy, clearly.

  25. posted by Felicia on

    @infmom Years ago I bought some “lid holders” from Tupperware. They mounted inside the cabinet doors just like the wrap holders discussed here. The lids were always near the bowls and easy to find. I don’t know if they still make them, but there may be something else to mount inside the cabinet door that could work just as well.

  26. posted by Louise on

    @infmom The solution for storage containers that works for us was to buy a brand where all the lids are exactly the same size. The containers themselves are different depths to get different storage capacities. We chose a Rubbermaid product in two sizes, with all the same lids.

    It required completely replacing all our containers, which felt wasteful at the time, but really helped in our tiny RV kitchen. I donated the old containers to charity and have been so pleased with the result after 4 years!

    The key is to choose square/rectangular containers as they tend to share lids. Round container systems often just have increasing diameters, which means the lids are all different.

    Even if you chose a product with only two sizes of lids, that would be a big improvement, especially if the lids were quite different from each other. Say, 4×4 inches and 8×4 inches. Easy to tell apart at a glance. The 4×4 lids could fit containers that are 4x4x2 and 4x4x3, and the 4×8 lids fit 4x8x2 and 4x8x3. (I’m just making up the numbers here as examples.) That would give you a huge range of storage volumes with only 2 lids and 2 sizes of container that would nest inside each other.

    Square/rectangular packaging leads to more elegant results in general, because our refrigerators, cabinets and drawers have that same shape. Lots of wasted space with round stuff like cans and spice jars, as opposed to cereal boxes, foil wrap, etc.

  27. posted by Allison on

    I have only 3 drawers in my kitchen, but this is the most I’ve ever had so I’m comfortable with using one to store plastic wrap, aluminum foil, wax paper and two sizes of ziploc bags. There is some room leftover in the drawer and I have a small basket with bag clips and a few miscellaneous things. This works for me as the drawer is underneath my biggest counter space so everything is very handy.

    I keep reusable shopping bags in a closet by the front door with my coats so I almost always remember to take them with me. Plastic shopping bags go in the IKEA bag holder, which is under the kitchen sink. When the holder is full, they go to the store for recycling.

  28. posted by Celeste on

    At my last place I had the big shallow drawer where I stored my wraps…I loved it.

    Now I have a place with fewer drawers, and the previous occupant put in wire racks on the cabinet doors like you show. I hate them. First, the screws have loosened the cabinet material, which is sort of a beaver-board material. It needs to be repaired but fortunately doesn’t show through to the front. Second, having the wire rack makes it a lot harder to put the big items I need to into the cabinet. In my case this is a soup pot and a stand mixer I like to put away. I have to lift them up past the wire racks. I may just re-shuffle the kitchen cabinet storage soon instead of having this constant battle.

    Something you might look into is a shallow pullout wire drawer in a big lower cabinet. This new place has one and I prefer it to a door rack for storage.

  29. posted by Melissa A. on

    I definetely need something like that. I live in an apartment and don’t have that much space. Currently I just throw things on top of the fridge, which is a terrible spot, and really hard to keep organized since the fridge is taller than me. I’m going to check out my local hardware store for one of those Rubbermaid racks. I’d been meaning to do this anyway.

  30. posted by Whitney on

    I have a drawer where I keep one roll each of foil, plastic wrap and that sticky cling stuff. The extras are kept in the overflow basement storage area. I also keep one box of gallon sized ziploc bags. Then I keep a handful of sandwich bags, small freezer bags and “green” bags in there out of their boxes (drawer is too small to fit the boxes for these) with the actual boxes in the overflow area as well. Works for me.

  31. posted by Cecily T on

    I personally like the door attachment types. We just got one for our cutting boards (with an 18-month-old who loves fruit, we need them at least 3 times a day) and I love it. So much more convenient than stacking them.

    Actually, this one ( seems to offer some options for the size of the boxes, and if I were buying, that might be the one I’d go for.

    I don’t know if you are considering this one ( but I’d caution against it. We had one like that at our old house, and it didn’t fit very many sizes of boxes, and the ‘wraparound’ party kind of turned inward and made it a real pain to get even the boxes that were the right size in and out, and sometimes even caused the bags to rip when we’d pull them out.

  32. posted by Alys on

    I’m with EL: Don’t use food storage wraps. I have none in my house and don’t suffer from their loss at all. Plastic containers cost only a few times the cost of disposable wraps and they last for ages. You’ll save money in the long run, and you won’t have to keep remembering to buy wraps when you shop.

  33. posted by Heather on

    I have something like what you are considering buying, on the inside of one of my cabinets.
    I’ll be honest, it drives me CRAZY. First of all, most of the boxes are too thick to fit in the container, the only boxes that actually fit are saran wrap & aluminum foil. The rest of my sandwich bags, etc are kept under the sink because that’s the only place they fit (all 4 of our drawers are super-skinny & shallow- they don’t hold much of anything).
    When you don’t have enough properly-sized boxes to fill the container, the saran-wrap box inevitably tips sideways, towards the opposite cabinet door. Then when I use the cabinet, I often forget to close the door with the boxes sticking out first, and then end up crunching the saran wrap box when I close the door with the rack second (because the box sticks out between the doors). I fix it, but then my boxes are all crunched.

    In theory a basket like you described SHOULD work- but it doesn’t for me. Just be sure that you buy one that is deep enough for all the boxes you want to put into it.

  34. posted by adora on

    I have a Bag Holder from Ikea for $1. It is not as nice as the one you are going to buy, but it works well. And I love how it can be flattened when I move.

  35. posted by Karen on

    I have a wire basket that holds plastic bags and wraps that hangs over a cabinet door. No screws, no hooks, nothing permanent. This is really nice if you live in an apartment where you’re not allowed to attach anything permanent to walls or cabinet doors. Since I move from one rented apartment to another, this is very convenient. I got it at Bed Bath & Beyond about a year ago – they had a whole section of items that hooked over cabinet doors and I bought quite a few – very nice to see things that work for renters, often it’s hard to find storage items that don’t require screws or nails.

  36. posted by jasmine on

    I’m another person who stores her wraps and freezer bags on top of the fridge. I have a really tiny kitchen with no cupboards large enough for the wrap organizer!

    I keep them in an oversized letter basket. It looks great and keeps all of the wraps and baggies handy.

  37. posted by Jay on

    If I have too many plastic shopping bags, I shove some of them into an empty paper towel tube.

  38. posted by Simon on

    This wrap dispenser with inbuilt cutter and paper roll holder is great. It is something that I wouldn’t have thought I needed until I actually had it.

    A similar one is shown here.

  39. posted by ClumberKim on

    I bought this mountable one at the Container Store for $4.99 about a year ago. I’m very happy with it.

  40. posted by Jenny on

    What I use for plastic containers that I’m suprised nobody has mentioned is re-used yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, etc. containers. They come in three different sizes (250 ml, 500 ml, and ?750 ml) and the lids are all interchangeable. And since they are constantly being replentished when I shop, I don’t feel bad about melting them in the microwave or throwing them out when they have really icky moldy leftovers left in them. The only other plastic containers that I use are square sandwich ones for (you guessed it) sandwiches for lunches.

    I do use plastic cling wrap occasionally, and I find that it’s big benefit is the ability to see whats in the container. If I look into the fridge and see a bowl of leftovers, I’m much more likely to eat it. If I look in and see a bunch of opaque containers, or even the semi see through rubbermaid type ones, I’m much less likely to notice and remember to eat the leftovers. I almost never throw out food that has been stored in bowls with cling wrap, and quite often chuck mystery containers of mold away when I clean the fridge. I do use very little of it though. I moved 3 years ago, and I think I have only bought one new roll of clingwrap since then.

    As for storing my plastic wrap and baggies, I have an interesting coincidence in my kitchen (small apartment). My silverware tray just barely fits in a drawer. It hangs over the edges just a bit, but the drawer still closes. This leaves a space under it just the right size for the boxes of foil and clingwrap. I use this mostly for the less often used sizes of baggies and wax paper, parchement paper, etc and keep the often used ones in a drawer that is shared with boxes of teas.

    For resuseable shopping bags, I have a drawer in my microwave stand that is very flimsy and was damaged in a move so it will not hold anything that is at all heavy, so this is where I store them.

  41. posted by Craig on

    $9.95 sounds very expensive when IKEA have an elegant solution of less than half that price – the Ikea Rationell Variera Plastic bag dispenser.

    I bought one several years ago and it is still going strong despite three house moves. I assembles in seconds and you don’t even need an allen key πŸ˜‰

    Craig – a black belt in IKEA

  42. posted by Craig on

    $9.95 sounds very expensive when IKEA have an elegant solution of less than half that price – the Ikea Rationell Variera Plastic bag dispenser.

    I bought one several years ago and it is still going strong despite three house moves. I assembles in seconds and you don’t even need an allen key πŸ˜‰

    Craig – a black belt in IKEA
    P.S. – Sorry, forgot to tell you great post!

  43. posted by Deidra on

    After 22 years of marriage I finally have drawer! Oh yes!

  44. posted by Amanda on

    I make my vases perform storage duty when they aren’t in use. I have a particularly large one that’s found a home under my kitchen sink, and can hold quite a few plastic grocery bags. For wraps, garbage bags, and all the paper products that normally fall off my pantry shelves, I bought a sterilite 3-drawer cart, and modified my pantry shelves so that it fits along the left side, with half-length shelves still on the right side. (My pantry is a full sized closet)

  45. posted by Rue on

    The only things I keep around that fall into this category are gallon-sized freezer bags, sandwich bags, and aluminum foil. The thing that stinks is that none of my cabinets are very deep, so the aluminum foil rolls are too long to sit in properly. πŸ™ I’ve been considering a wrap holder for a long time, but I don’t really use the foil anymore (I used it for covering a prepackaged meal in the oven, but the meal isn’t even made anymore) so I probably don’t really need the holder anymore.

    I do agree with the people that have said why use wraps when you can use tupperwares! The only freezer/fridge related thing I use Ziplocs for is storing separate portions of hamburger meat (I buy 3-5 pound rolls of it and separate it into 1-lb portions for cooking), and for storing messy things when their bag has broken or can’t be closed.

  46. posted by Rue on

    Also, for the plastic grocery bags – I stuff a bunch of them into one and put them beneath my sink. When I get too many, I take the extras to the store to recycle. If you have too many and need to pack a box to ship something in, they also make a decent cushion! πŸ™‚ I plan to get a grocery bag holder when I move in a couple of months.;page=1

  47. posted by Caroline on

    I use a hanging shoe organizer from Ikea:

    It hangs from a bar in our very small pantry closet. I also hang spray cleanser bottles on that bar by their triggers, making them really accessible and freeing up shelf space for other things.

  48. posted by Darci on

    Here’s something a little different (but also from Ikea). I have a pot rack that’s against a wall in my kitchen, I bought a cheap Ikea shoe organizer ( to hang on the back of the pot rack. It added an instant 10 shelves to my wee kitchen where I store baggies, wrap, linens and reusable grocery bags. Not bad for $7!

  49. posted by Susan on

    Lucky me, have a drawer. I use a meal saver machine fairly often, and those rolls or individual bags are what is messing up my drawer. I may wait for another roll box to get empty,cut the top panel off and stash them in there.

  50. posted by Melanie on

    My solution for storing different storage containers that eliminates the hunt for lids is to simply store them with their lids on. If you keep only the number that you will actually need they won’t take up much room. I think I have 10 of various sized; and don’t think I ever use more than 5 at any one time (including the 2 that are used and washed daily to take our lunches to work).

  51. posted by Eden on

    The racks never worked for me. A shallow drawer has worked best but w/ kids, I use a shelf in an upper cabinet with a “helper shelf” to add more storage. It works really well.

  52. posted by Michele on

    Our wraps and foils have a whole cabinet to themselves, but they still tumble everywhere, and the one I want is always in the back, so I have to fumble and curse to retrieve it.

    My dream solution would be to mount them on the inside of a large door, so the boxes stay still and only the product itself can be pulled (if you’ve ever seen the wire thing they use to unroll a red carpet, it’s like that). Unfortunately, our inner pantry door is already covered by a giant spice rack.

  53. posted by Betsy on

    I use a cardboard box that was originally the box for 4 new (small) wine glasses. The dividers that came with the box keep my plastic wrap, foil, wax paper, and storage bags upright and separate; the box is sturdy enough that it doesn’t fall over if I pull the whole thing out of the cabinet. Easy and free….

  54. posted by Kai on

    An empty kneenex box is an excellent plastic bag holder. just stuff them through the plastic top, and pull them out one at a time. It works amazingly well, from something you probably otherwise have to get rid of anyways.

  55. posted by susan on inevitably find the clutter hotspots! This is an area I keep meaning to get to… do you read my mind every time?

    I have some feedback about your options. I hope these feedbacks from everyone helps you make your decision. They certainly help me! Thanks everyone for your inputs and suggestions.

    — wrap rack and wrap shelves…why spend the money on something when you can just stack the boxes in the pantry just the same? These two make no cents to me. πŸ™‚

    — I recommend against the attachable wrap rack you are considering. It is not flexible enough to accomodate different sizes. With a wire rack (like Grayline- the one right next to this one on Amazon on the page), you can have a few small ones or different combos as your wrap needs change. Keep in mind future needs. Maybe you have 4 wrap boxes of a certain size right now..but what if in 5 months the box sizes are different on sale at a great buy? Are you going to pass up a good buy because your 4 hole wrap rack doesn’t fit that size?

    –the over the door hanger seems ok, if you are ok with seeing the hanger on the front of your cabinet. I personally wouldn’t like to see the two things on the front of my cabinets. Personal preference I guess.

    –I kinda like the under the shelf wrap holder. I may get this. Anyone have any interesting feedback about this?
    Feedback like someone above posted about the wire wrap- when I used to have one, I did notice that if the rack is not full, the boxes all tip over and get caught in the door.

    –I like the bag holder. I have a cheap plastic one on my under the sink door and I like it. The Ikea $2 one looks good. The silver one is nice, but do you really need to spend that much money on one that is inside the door and you can’t see? If you plan on hanging it on a wall in plain view, yes, get this one. Otherwise, save your pennies.

    I also use nice tissue boxes in my car, garage, and second floor for disposable bags. I only use reusable cloth bags for shopping now (for about a year), and any left over plastic bags that aren’t in the 4 holders, get donated to the charity thrift store in town.

    If you want to save some money and still stay organized, skip the bag holder, and use tissue box concept. It is in a cabinet, so what does it matter? And you can attach the box to the cabinet door to get it out of the way too….with double sided tape, etc.
    I also heavily recommend using the reusable bags. They are sturdy, don’t take up a lot of room, can be stashed in your trunk or in your shopping cart, and save you money (all my stores give me 5 cent credit PER BAG per shopping trip…which definitely adds up over time).

    So you can stay organized and not spend muc moola at all!

  56. posted by Jeanne Thelwell on

    I think I got this idea from America’s Test Kitchen, but I use a beer six-pack carton and stand the wraps in the compartments. It holds all but the largest rolls, and for those, I simply break the separator between cartons. It’s convenient, because I can carry it to the counter where I’m working,.

  57. posted by Stina on

    I try to go plastic-free, so I store my food in reusable containers. No need for plastic bags. Those containers have a place in one of my cupboards.

  58. posted by deimm on

    I didn’t want to sacrifice a drawer to wraps and bags, which I use for cooking ahead and packing lunches when reusable containers don’t serve the purpose. Our cabinet doors are too small and thin for a screw on organizer, so I bought two small rectangular wastebaskets at the dollar store. They are wide enough to hold six boxes, or all of my ziplock sizes, which I remove from the boxes and store each size in a gallon bag. The wastebaskets fit along one side of a bottom cabinet.

  59. posted by Fia on

    I personally use a wrap rack for easy access whenever I’m preparing food for my family. I have different kinds of wraps, such as plastic wraps, parchment paper, wax paper, aluminum foil/wrap, etc. Since I’m a sucker for kitchen organizers, I’m also thinking of getting a bag holder for reusable shopping bags to save space and help the environment, too.

  60. posted by Laura McDonald on

    I’ve actually replaced most of these things (for most uses) with reusable versions, which has reduced the storage space I need, and saves a lot of waste.

    plastic wrap – my beeswax wraps lie flat/folded in a drawer along with my fabric snack bags
    wax paper, parchment paper – my silicone baking mat rolls up to 1″ diameter in a cupboard or drawer
    aluminum foil – my silicone casserole dish cover can lie flat on top of my casserole dish in the cupboard
    plastic sandwich bags – I use reusable silicone bags, beeswax wraps, and fabric snack bags, which all take up half a small drawer. Or I just use my regular storage containers.

    ( I do still have one roll of foil, one of parchment paper and a couple freezer bags, which take up a small amount of space in a drawer.)

  61. posted by Garden Goddess on

    We have two drawers for wraps, etc. The first drawer is near the sink and one of the pull-out bread boards (where we make sandwiches). In it is foil, plastic wrap, waxed paper, sandwich bags and snack bags. The rest are in a lower, larger drawer near the oven. In it is the long foil, parchment paper, quart and gallon ziploc bags (which we wash and reuse, rolling and stuffing them back into the box), garbage bags, small trash bags (for the bathroom bins), twist ties and rubber bands (both stored in empty quart ziploc bags. I think there are even some very old turkey roasting bags in the back which I will likely never use and really need to toss…

    The plastic bags from the market and newspapers get folded lengthwise in quarters, then rolled up around my fingers, then the end is pushed up through the middle like a belly button. That keeps them condensed and neat and then they are put into a large bag (something like 2′ by 3′) that hangs off the back of the doorknob into the porch (hidden, because the door is always open). When full I used to take them back to the supermarket to put in their recycling bin, but our trash haulers now recycle and gave us a separate bin we now use for all recycling. So I now just take the bags out there when is starts getting full.

    The shopping bags now-a-days are folded-up and live in the shopping trolley. I used to keep them in the trunk of the car. I have a couple of heavy plastic numbers (that we had to purchase because we forgot to bring a bag…) that can be folded up really small and put into a purse or pocket for small shopping trips. Those are also kept in the trolley, well, it’s really a beach bag with big plastic wheels for the sand, but so far it’s been working really well for shopping, but only 2 bags at a time.

    For plastic storage containers, I used to have Tupperware, but that was a disaster with all the different shapes and sizes and lids… So I got Rubbermaid and that worked better, but a lot of them cracked and now I’ve got a LOT of extra lids… For the past 6 months I’ve been using empty 32 oz and 16 oz yogurt containers (from Trader Joe’s). They are tall and narrow, can be stacked (full or empty), you can kind of see what’s in them and they don’t cost anything (if you like the yogurt). You can also give food away without having to worry about getting your container back! The only thing better would be to buy some deli containers like Martha Stewart has that are perfectly clear to see the contents better–but then I would have to spend money unnecessarily, so I am happy with what I have.

    Finally, for those of you who microwave leftovers, please NEVER EVER microwave food in plastic containers. The heat makes the molecules move and the petrochemicals in the plastic can migrate into your food and that is NOT GOOD for your health. Also, never put hot OR warm food in plastic containers for the same reason. That is why people are promoting glass leftover containers. Pyrex has them as a set if you are in the market for new containers, that would be my first choice. I hope this helps.

  62. posted by shris on

    I have a magazine holder (a plastic one) that I have attached to the side of an ikea cabinet using command strips. I put the magazine holder at an angle (30-45) so the open side is up and back and the longest side is down and front. It holds five or six different wraps without difficulty. Unopened spares are on a shelf out of the way. Zip bags I keep in a drawer with measuring cups and toothpicks and whatnot. Plastic grocery bags are stored inside one of their brethren until they become too crowded, then the whole shebang gets relocated to the trunk where it can be recycled on next visit to the grocery. The one bag they’re stored in dangles from a hook device that holds the broom, the mop, and a few other long-handled cleaning doodads. A few of the plastic bags will get reused as tiny trash can liners or cat litter removal bags, but the bulk of them end up getting recycled. The reusable bags live in the trunk of the car, but we often forget to use them.

  63. posted by Fazal Majid on

    Leifheit makes a nifty series of roll holders with built-in cutters, to hold aluminum, cling film and paper towels:

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