As I've confessed, my storage/organization arsenal consists of scraps of foil, reused produce bags, rumpled bulk-section twist ties, and other unglamorous scraps. They all get the job done, but with spring cleaning in the air I'm tempted by sweet twist-ties and cheerful reusable bags. Everything would be so nice & neat...
- The resealable plastic bags from Ikea have long been a favorite of mine. I've used them to carry my lunch to work, store & organize craft supplies, and to hold my allotted 3 ounce bottles of liquids when flying- a stylish bag really makes the whole process seem more civilized, I've found. I like these blue striped ones, but does anyone remember the red abstract floral pattern they did a few years ago? Those bags were awesome. Though I try to avoid using plastic bags whenever possible, I discovered that having "nice" plastic bags made me use them very, very sparingly. Plus if I ran out I'd have to take BART & the Emery-Go-Round to Ikea, and that is a long trip!
- The last thing in the world I probably need to buy is a set of cute twist ties (what with my aforementioned stash), but man, they sure are cute. Sometimes a little $2 indulgence that makes everything you do look better can be totally worth it. What uses can we find to justify buying them? The gingham and pastel ties are from Romantic Pink, and the metallic ties are available from The Cupcake Social. (San Franciscans- I have seen similar sets at every single dollar store in town!)
- We keep twine on hand in the kitchen where I work, and now I find I can't live without it- for tying up packages, attaching notes, wrapping gifts, sealing bags, and a million more uses. Twine and string are so adaptable- as long or as short as you need them to be- and delightfully old-fashioned. This air-mail twine is particularly fetching