Cardboard can hide bugs, pick up moisture, get squishy and then even mildew. So we try to get as much of it off the boat as possible.
Some things, though, are hard to store or organize without the cardboard box it came in. Plastic bags and wraps fall into that category.
On our boat, there’s an oddly-shaped little storage area just opposite the galley. Initially, I piled all the boxes of wraps and boxes in there, but — as always — the boxes soon picked up moisture and started to mildew.
Suddenly, it hit me: why not use some of my “trash” to organize the area (all these were scavenged either from our trash or the marina dumpster “giveaway” area)? I did this about six months ago and have to say it’s working well. Actually, just from an organization standpoint, it’s better than the boxes — I can just reach in and grab what I need, and now I have places for my used bags, too (keeping them in the easiest place to grab means that yes, I do reuse more than I use new).
You may not an odd little place exactly like this, but hopefully this might spark an idea for something that you can do in whatever space you have on your boat.
In amongst the new and used Ziplocs, I also have a section for my bag seals (kind of in the middle) and my reusable silicone lids (hidden in the photo) — both of these items have helped me to cut down tremendously on the number of Ziplocs I use as well as the aluminum foil and cling wrap. See them on Amazon here: bag seals and silicone covers.
For my long-term stocks of bags, I now take them out of the cardboard box and put them in a Ziploc of their own. Several boxes of quart bags go into one gallon bag, the gallon bags get consolidated in a 2-gallon and the 2-gallon bags will fit in one of their own. Rolls of trash bags will fit into gallon Ziplocs.
Not only does this get rid of cardboard and keep the bags cleaner, it also considerably reduces the space they take up — I can get about four boxes’ worth of bags in the space that just one box took up!
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