Always have your pencils and PTA notes (or toddler’s crayons and doodle paper) in the same spot: Just punch holes along the nonzippered edge of a sandwich bag, then click it into a three-ring binder.
2 of 19James Baigrie
Zippered Plastic Bag as Compact Case
Fend off pressed powder by storing your purse compact in a securely zipped plastic bag.
3 of 19Kate Sears
Zippered Plastic Bag as Funnel
To funnel peppercorns into a mill, fill a baggie with the spices, snip off a corner, and pour the pepper through the hole.
4 of 19Antonis Achilleos
Zippered Plastic Bag as Frosting Dispenser
If you don't have a pastry bag, you can use a plastic bag to decorate a cake or cupcakes. Scoop frosting into the bag, seal it shut, snip off a tiny corner, and start piping.
5 of 19James Baigrie
Zippered Plastic Bag as Wax Remover
To freeze wax so you can remove it from a tablecloth, fill a plastic bag with ice cubes and cover the wax with it for about 20 minutes.
6 of 19James Wojick
Zippered Plastic Bag as Soup Saver
Stockpile soup by pouring extra portions into baggies, then laying them flat in the freezer. Once hardened, you can stack them up and save them for a rainy day.
7 of 19Rick Lew
Zippered Plastic Bag as Packing Material
Cushion precious cargo in a box. Before closing it all the way, slide a straw into the top, and inflate. Then remove the straw and completely seal the protective bubble.
8 of 19Quentin Bacon
Zippered Plastic Bag as Beauty Product Storage
For overnight trips, fill bags with single portions of shampoo and conditioner. Protect Q-tips and cotton balls from moisture, or stash powder compacts in bags to prevent spills in your purse.
9 of 19Quentin Bacon
Zippered Plastic Bag as Office Supply Storage
Use various sizes to collect stamps, paper, and pens for writing notes or paying bills; stow markers to prevent ink stains; or keep paintbrushes moist during do-it-yourself projects.
10 of 19Quentin Bacon
Zippered Plastic Bag as Prep Bowl
Reduce food-preparation time by storing prechopped ingredients in these see-through bags.
11 of 19Quentin Bacon
Zippered Plastic Bag as Junk Drawer Organizer
Keep like items stored together in your catchall drawer. It'll make it easier to find loose change or spare batteries quickly.
12 of 19Quentin Bacon
Zippered Plastic Bag as Record Keeper
Keep receipts handy and wrinkle-free. Corral keys, your phone, and loose change before hitting airport security. Store your car’s insurance card and registration in the glove compartment.
13 of 19Quentin Bacon
Zippered Plastic Bag as Jewelry Storage
Snack-size bags are perfect for packing a weekend’s worth of jewelry. Bag silver jewelry to reduce tarnishing. Dedicate a bag to extra earring backs.
14 of 19Quentin Bacon
Zippered Plastic Bag as Clothing Storage
Off-season, maintain clothes by putting them in large bags. When traveling with a child, use a jumbo bag to pack a fresh outfit for her for each vacation day. Stash spare linens underneath a bed; add a fabric-softener sheet for a fresh smell.
15 of 19Quentin Bacon
Zippered Plastic Bag as Small Appliance Storage
Keep dust off of seldom used cooking tools and small appliances by storing them in a sealed bag when not in use.
16 of 19Quentin Bacon
Zippered Plastic Bag as Manual Storage
Put instructions in bags and tape them to the backs of the corresponding appliances.
17 of 19Rita Maas
Zippered Plastic Bag as Grated Cheese Catcher
Place the grater in a bag and keep it there as you shred a block of cheese. The bag catches all the shavings, and the kitchen counter stays clean. It's just another reason to smile when you say "cheese."
18 of 19James Wojcik
Zippered Plastic Bag as Gum Remover
Remove stuck-on gum. Rub with a baggie filled with ice cubes until the goo hardens, then shatter it with a blunt object and vacuum it up.
19 of 19James Baigrie
Zippered Plastic Bag as Crumb Catcher
Crush graham crackers for a pie crust (without all the mess) by filling a bag, then running a rolling pin over it.