If you choose to buy a cool kitchen wrap organizer of some variety, great! But you don't have to unless it makes you happy and it actually solves a problem you're having with storing these types of items.
So scroll on down for the ideas already submitted. And if you tackle this organizing challenge I'd love to see your before and after pictures as well. You can share your results here and I'll add them to the page, so you can show off your success for everyone!
Photo courtesy of Amazon.com, showing a WalterDrake organizer in action
This may seem obvious to you, but you can easily use a kitchen drawer for plastic wrap and foil storage in your home.
In fact, that is what many people do. For example, Bec from 2012 - The Year Of Challenges shared her before and after pictures of this type of drawer in her kitchen, and how she decluttered and organized it.
She said of the after photo, "doesn't look much different - but I was so surprised at what came out of this drawer - it was all hidden and is now in the bin!"
Not everyone has enough drawer space for one devoted to this type of item though, so never fear there are lots more ways to organize these types of items!
Keep Plastic Bags In Dollar Store Containers In Drawer
If you don't want to keep the plastic bags in their individual boxes, you could do what a reader, Cathy, has done.
She explained, "I take the bags out of the boxes and store them in a drawer using $1 store containers. We also use tinfoil sheets instead of the big roll -- perfect size for the toaster oven. I keep rolls up high in a deep cabinet in a rack."
I absolutely love using space that would otherwise be unusable for something. Your plastic bags, cling wraps and foil boxes are prime examples of items that can be placed in these "found" spaces.
There are several available organizers that can be mounted inside a cabinet door, such as the door under your kitchen sink (or inside the pantry door, etc.).
Jennifer from Life of Reilly shared a picture above of how she uses one of these organizers in just this way.
She said: "As you can see in the picture above, I already have my saran wraps stored on the door, and this system works for me, so they're staying there. I had some freezer storage bags down here, so I moved them to the upper cabinet with the rest of the storage bags."
Here are some available models:
In addition, here's another example from a reader, Kristin, who said, "Finally something that I already had organized. Have 2 of these Rubbermaid containers mounted on the cabinet doors under the kitchen sink."
She said of the before picture: "This was our wraps and foils drawer. While it was pretty organized already, I hated that they took up an entire drawer!"
Then she explained what she did for the after picture: "So I bought one of those wrap holders that goes on the back of a cupboard and freed up a bunch of room! This is now where I keep a lot of my baking stuff. Large spatulas, spreaders, cookie scoop, etc."
You can see one like she mentions in the first photo, shared by another reader, Suzanne. Suzanne explained, "When I moved into my house it had only two drawers in the kitchen so I mounted my wraps on the inside of my pantry door. Love this and it makes so much more room!"
She said of the after picture, "I straightened up the wraps and bags and added a couple of baskets to hold those things."
So, her solution was just to use a basket to hold these items. However, some of these boxes are pretty long, so not all baskets are going to work.
A similar way to corral these items though is to use a shelf organizer of some type (such as the one shown on the left).
They make several specifically for these types of boxes, with open ends so that even long boxes will fit (as long as your cabinet is deep enough for the boxes themselves). The one pictures is from DecoBros, and is available on Amazon.com.
The best of this type of organizers have several tiers so you can stack the boxes and slide on out from the bottom easily, without the ones stacked on top being disturbed. When you're in the middle of cooking that convenience comes in really handy!
Here's an example of such an organizer in action in a reader, Paula's pantry.
Reader Question: How To Organize When Limited Space In Kitchen?
I got this reader question, which I posted on the site's Facebook wall, and got lots of great suggestions from readers. So I'm adding the collective wisdom here to this page to give even more ideas for everyone.
I have very limited space in my apartment kitchen. Do you have any good ways to store long boxes of plastic wrap, foil, wax paper, and baggies?
I don't have many drawers, and my cabinets are already crammed full. Do you have any suggestions for wall storage? I have plenty of wall space lol!
Selected Suggestions From Readers:
Lindsey says: "I have the same problem. I purchased a metal over the cupboard door basket from Bed Bath & Beyond. It simply hangs on the inside of your cupboard door and has enough room for 6 rolls/boxes of baggies. I love it!"
Michelle says: "Use a plastic or metal magazine upright holder and place it on the floor or shelf or nail it into the wall. It holds about four long boxes upright! Works like a charm!"
Taylor's suggestion: I'm going to chime in here as well, because the other possibility is to add more storage to your cabinet shelves by adding an under shelf storage basket, such as the one shown to the right.
One of these shallow shelf baskets will work if you've got full cabinet shelves, but the items on those shelves don't go up to the shelf above. Basically this type of storage solution allows you to create more storage space in your cabinets!
Are You Inspired To Get More Organized?
I hope these ideas help everyone organize their plastic wraps, baggies, and aluminum foil boxes in their kitchens.
The readers above tackled this organizational challenge as part of Week #2 of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge here on the site. I would love it if you'd join along and over the course of the year you can organize your whole home and life, room by room, item by item.
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