Home Organization: Some Things Just Aren’t Worth It

My mother forwarded an email to me with this charming household tip:

WHO EVER THOUGHT OF THIS SHOULD GET A GREEN MEDAL…
WHAT A GREAT IDEA. NO MORE TWIST TIES OR RUBBER BANDS.
This method is WATER PROOF AND AIR TIGHT. GREAT!

Cut up a disposable water bottle and keep the neck and top, as in photo.

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Insert the plastic bag through the neck and screw the top to seal.
Seal Plastic Bags with Old Bottle Caps
The bag is made to be air-tight, such that water will not leak, the secret lies with the top and screw cap! This is a great idea to share. Good for us and the environment too.

 

Now, before you say, “Oh cool” and start mutilating plastic bottles, think of these factors:

1. Time is a resource, too. How long does it take — and many scissors do you ruin — to make these nifty little items?

2. Do you REALLY need it to be watertight? I can think of only a few instances in which that’s actually necessary, and a good ol’ Ziploc bag works just fine. And if you’re really trying to be green/thrifty, you can wash that bag a couple of times (I won’t do that, but I won’t stop you either).  If you’re wanting to do this so you can freeze your leftover chicken broth, I will tell you here and now that my mother used to use those little pleated sandwich bags with a twist-em, and they worked just fine. No spillage.

3. Where on earth you store these poor disembodied bottle caps? I don’t know about you, but I prefer the compact size of my tiny box of reused twist-ems!

3. And finally — if you’re environmentally conscious, WHY ARE YOU BUYING BOTTLED WATER IN THE FIRST PLACE??

Oh, and just so you don’t think I’m insulting my mother, who did forward this idea to me, I will quote her addition to the forwarded email: “I think I’d rather just use twist-ties — they don’t take up as much storage space.” Great minds run the same channels.


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About Charity

I have an inexcusable number of cookbooks (and like to experiment with them), have worked in architectural antiques, and have been sewing most of my life. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Textiles & Apparel and Fashion Merchandising from Lipscomb University, and I am currently pursuing my M.S. in Historic/Cultural Dress and Textiles at the University of Georgia. Doing household things (except for cleaning!) and hunting for antiques are my favorite pastimes.
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