The Zippered Bed-Linen Bag

November 8, 2012

You know those thick plastic bags, slightly boxy in shape with zippered closures? The ones bed sheets and comforters come in. Yeah, well I’m a big fan of them. They are, in fact, the one type of container/bag/box to which my usual ruthlessness doesn’t extend (more on guidelines regarding those regulated supplies here). Whereas I wouldn’t even begin to entertain your argument on why you needed to keep those sixteen Neiman Marcus bags, I would actively encourage you to hold onto these guys.

Maybe they’re not even plastic; they might perhaps be vinyl, but whatever their combined material percentage, they feel durable enough to store most anything, even heavier objects. They’re no where near rigid, however, and can be folded up to teacup size when not in use. And the zip closure is naturally a win over a XL ziploc bag’s. Just look at the bevy of items a bag of this sort might be used to store:


What say you? Any other fans out there?

Image credits: Storables, Real Simple, BHG, Scrap HumboldtRaising LemonsRepurposefulThe Crazy Simple Life, Curbly, Apartment Therapy 


Annie Traurig was born with the ability to see order through clutter. As a child, she spent playdates organizing friends’ closets and packing their duffle bags for summer camp.

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  1. carolqellis on November 8, 2012 at 6:03 am

    I love sinchronicity ! I just put two of these in the garbage – read your article and went and took them out (thankfully they were at the top of the garbage bag:) — as I now I can see all kinds of ways that I can use them – thank you for your very timely article.

  2. Crystal on November 8, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I can’t tell you the many things I use mine for…I’m with you about keeping these and throwing other bags away. They are great for storage and toting. My family knows not to ever throw them away or else…lol!!

  3. Sara Mueller on November 9, 2012 at 3:51 am

    this is a great idea! I can think of many ways to use them in my son’s room.

  4. Seema on November 10, 2012 at 9:27 am

    We use them for airline travel – they work perfectly as the “clear bags” you need for toiletries in your suitcase

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  6. Andy Lyle on December 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Hi, Annie. Did you ever find where we could get the bags without having to buy the sheets? I would love to get a bunch of them.

  7. Susanne on January 22, 2014 at 10:14 am

    I teach preschool and use one of these for each of my students’ rest time bedding. I also use them for so many things at home!

    • Annie on January 29, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      There’s so handy, aren’t they?!

  8. Allison T. on June 5, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Aren’t they made from toxic plastics that can leach phthalates?

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