It seems like getting organized is a never ending work in progress. It is an area I definitely struggle with and my guess is you probably do too. If not I would love to get your advice on the subject. It seems if I would just take the time to take the necessary steps to get organized it would make life easier…sigh.
Organizing can seem overwhelming, especially if you have a big area that needs it. Start out with the big picture in mind, then plan out small steps to help you achieve the overall goal. This strategy makes the project more manageable and you can feel good about getting things checked off your list as you’re progressing to get the main project completed. For this current project my big overall goal is to clean and organize the kitchen pantry/closet. Finding a way to store my kitchen trash bags was a small step in the process.
When it comes to organizing cabinets, closets and pantries, a great way to optimize your space is using containers that you can store items in and stack items on. I can’t stack anything on top of the kitchen trash bags and plus they unravel and leave a messy pile. I first thought if there was something I could upcycle/recycle, but nothing would fit the bill for what I needed. I wanted to create something that would not only contain the trash bags, but would also allow me to stack other items on it, therefore maximizing space. Hence the Kitchen Trash Bag Dispenser was born. For this project I recruited my dad. He is a master at DIY projects and working with wood and metal. We will be working on many projects together.
What is so great about creating your own project is that you can custom fit it just perfect for your needs. We made this dispenser specifically to fit the white kitchen bags from Costco.
1 – 1x8x6
18 gauge pin nails 1.5 inches or wood nails 1.5 inches
Nail gun or hammer
Rope or jute
Because we use the kitchen bags from Costco we needed a dispenser that would hold a roll of bags that measures app. 9 x 6 inches. Measure and make your cuts specific to your kitchen bag roll.
The way we put together this project was to maximize the size board we chose. You could definitely buy a wider board and your dispenser would come together differently. Also make sure you double check that your board is straight and not warped. We did not do the best job at checking my board and there was a bend in the board.
4 pieces – 11 inches in length
2 pieces – 6.5 inch cuts for the top and bottom
2 pieces of 1 inch cubed blocks
We started by taking the 1×8 and making four cuts 11 inches each. This pic only shows three pieces but you will need four. These pieces will be for the four sides. We took one of the 11 inch pieces and cut it lengthwise so it had two cuts. We made one cut 3 3/8 inches and the other 2 5/8 inches. We cut two pieces 6 3/8 inches for the top and bottom. We took one of these pieces marked it in two spots and drilled two holes large enough to thread the rope/jute through. We cut two small blocks about 1 inch cubed. Next we took the three 11 inch pieces and overlapped them like shown in the pic. This technique is how you can maximize wood while still keeping the measurements. If we did not use the this technique we would lose about 3 inches of overall space and the roll of trash bags would not fit. Next we glued and nailed the pieces together like this.
We then glued and nailed the 2 5/8 inch piece and 3 3/8 inch piece like shown in the pic below. This opening is where the trash bags will be dispensed through. We also glued and nailed in the bottom piece. The last step with gluing involved the 1 inch cubes glued in the corners across from each other, like shown in the pic. This functions to keep the lid from falling in. I filled in the nail holes with wood filler. Once that dried I sanded and spray painted the piece. I figured since this was going to be out of site that why not use a crazy loud color for fun…plus I happened to have the pink spray paint on hand so why not use it. I threaded the rope/jute through the drilled holes in the top piece and tied each end in a knot. Then I applied glue to the knot to keep the knot from coming undone.Next I created a stencil with my Cameo, stenciled it in with pencil, and painted the letters with white acrylic paint. Here is how the trash bags sit inside the dispenser.Here is how the bags are dispensed. Here it is in my kitchen pantry/closet. Now I have a great storage place for the trash bags, it keeps them from coming unraveled and I can also store something on top of the dispenser and still get easy access to the trash bags.