You might be wondering where Jerry and I stand on the whole paper vs. plastic vs. reusable bag issue. Well, I’ll tell you. Basically, we would love to rely completely on reusable bags and we are pretty good about it to a degree. However, we do have a dog to clean up after so I usually get plastic some of the time to keep them in stock at the house. But as we all know, they are a pain in the neck to keep up with and after several solutions, we finally found one that works for us.
Initially, we had a hand-made bag holder similar in shape to this one. Not as tacky as this, but I couldn’t resist adding that picture. We didn’t care for it because it was the wrong colors and we tend to like things to be nailed down. So the cloth bag just swinging around wasn’t cutting it.
Lucky for us, we found the SimpleHuman Bag holder. We were SO excited about it and couldn’t wait to put it up. However, it was a disappointment in the end. We had a hard time getting the bags in and out without having to wrap them very tightly. No big deal except then you don’t have much to grab onto when you want to retrieve one. We mounted it vertically and if we were going to continue using it, I think I would put it up under a cabinet or something. It never really felt secure.
But then we went to IKEA. We had no intention of changing out the system so soon, but we came across the Rationell Variera Bag holder for only $1.99 !!! We thought we should try it for such minimal investment. Well, that was the best $2 we’ve spent in a LONG time! It’s perfect! As you can see you can add and remove bags just about anywhere and it’s so lightweight that mounting it was a snap and it can stand up to the constant manipulation of stuffing and pulling.