The Art of Folding a Plastic Bag: Video & Photo Tutorial

Learn the domestic art of how to fold a plastic bag; to help reduce clutter, save space, and stay tidy.Learn the domestic art of how to fold a plastic bag; to help reduce clutter, save space, and stay tidy.















Video Presentation: The Art of Folding a Plastic Bag (in 53 seconds)
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Photo Tutorial with Q & A: The Art of Folding a Plastic Bag

















Q: How do you fold a plastic bag?
A: In eleven easy steps, like this:

Step 1. Flatten bag.
Step 1. Flatten bag.














Step 2. Fold Side A in one-third.
Step 2. Fold Side A in one-third.














Step 3. Fold Side B in one-third.
Step 3. Fold Side B in one-third.














Step 4. Fold Side B bottom corner over to Side A.
Step 4. Fold Side B bottom corner over to Side A.














Step 5. Fold Side A bottom corner up.
Step 5. Fold Side A bottom corner up.














Step 6. Fold Side A bottom corner over to Side B.
Step 6. Fold Side A bottom corner over to Side B.














Step 7. Fold Side B bottom corner up.
Step 7. Fold Side B bottom corner up.














Step 8. Fold Side B bottom corner over to Side A.
Step 8. Fold Side B bottom corner over to Side A.














Step 9. Fold Side A bottom corner up.
Step 9. Fold Side A bottom corner up.














Step 10. Fold Side A bottom corner over to Side B.
Step 10. Fold Side A bottom corner over to Side B.














Step 11. Tuck exposed bag ends down into pocket.
Step 11. Tuck exposed bag ends down into pocket.














*Step 12. Find more plastic bags & repeat Steps 1 - 11.
*Step 12. Find more plastic bags & repeat Steps 1 - 11.














*Step 13. Develop habit to always fold bags immediately after use & store where needed.
*Step 13. Develop habit to always fold bags immediately after use & store where needed.














*Extra steps are strongly encouraged to master the art of folding a plastic bag


Q: How long does it take to fold a plastic bag?
A: Seconds; speed increases with repetition and practice.


Q: Where is a good place to fold a plastic bag?
A: On an empty flat surface with room to maneuver the bag; countertop, tabletop, floor, etc.


Q: Where is a good place to store plastic bags?
A: Depends on the user. I store my plastic bags under the kitchen sink with the regular garbage bags. Store the bags wherever they are most useful and convenient; I often keep extras tucked in suitcases, gloveboxes, go-bags, sports bags, backpacks, purses, briefcases, tool boxes, etc.


Q: When is a good time to fold a plastic bag?
A: As soon as the bag is done being used for its intended purpose; however, if there is moisture in the bag, let the bag dry out before folding. Remove receipts and any debris inside the bag before folding.


Q: What are the benefits of folding a plastic bag?
A: To reduce household clutter and stop piles of clutter from forming and/or growing; to save space in the designated bag storage location; to foster the habit of staying tidy; and because it looks nicer than a puffy mess of bags shoved inside another bag, which is how I had been storing mine.

As well, folding bags provides exercise for hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity, along with a “brain game” mental challenge for remembering the proper bag folding procedure; in other words, it is an activity of daily living that can benefit young and old alike, with the understanding that anyone handling plastic bags follows all safety warnings printed on the bags and with supervision if necessary.


Q: How many plastic bags do I need to keep on hand?
A: I used all nine plastic bags in my house for this tutorial. I have instituted the rule to keep no more plastic bags than are necessary, which turns out to be under 10. There is no need to keep more than one week’s worth of bags on hand when one weekly trip to the grocery store replenishes the bag supply more than enough; plus, there are always free bags available in the bag recycling bins should more bags be needed.


Q: Who folds a plastic bag?
A: Anyone who wants to reduce clutter, save space and stay tidy. There are no age restrictions, so long as bags are handled properly with consideration for safety warnings printed on the bags.


Q: Why take the time to fold a plastic bag if it’s stored somewhere I can’t see and I’m just going to unfold it to use it again?
A: It’s a personal view on tidiness that is best understood through application and practice; in other words, you can’t knock it till you try it. Personally, I like it. Folded bags look neat and tidy and inviting to touch, and I like knowing they are properly folded and put away the same as my clothes; but someone else can say the bags look boring and that folding them is a waste of time; so, it’s a personal preference.

However, when it comes to the hygiene of a house, it is most beneficial to keep all stored bags clean and tidy for the sake of avoiding bugs and other unwanted pests.



DIY: Please try folding your plastic bags for one week (7 days) to see what you think. 
At the end of the week ask yourself:
Q1. Do I like the appearance of the folded bags? (A: Yes/No/Why)
Q2. Are the bags easier to store and handle when folded? (A: Yes/No/Why)
Q3. Am I losing or gaining anything by dedicating a few moments to tidy my belongings (plastic bags) and put them away in their designated location? (A:Yes/No/What is the loss or gain)

Since it is personal preference, there are no right or wrong answers; there are simply answers for what a person finds best for their situation, and what works best for one person may not work well for another.

Please share your DIY answers in the comments, along with other discoveries made while folding plastic bags; or send an email to evepenman@gmail.com.


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