January 23, 2014

Simple DIY: Trash Bags on a Roll

Each week I receive a lot of organization questions. However, a topic I'm questioned about most often is small space organizing. And nothing gets smaller (or tighter, darker, damper, and blah-errr) than the space under your kitchen sink. Why do we always want to pack everything away into this tiny space? No matter how big or how small your kitchen is, the space all of us have under our kitchen sink is pretty much the same.

Here's the kitchen in my new house…

Yup, it's tee-niny. I can't wait to demo the space next year. You can count on seeing images of me, smiling, with sledgehammer in hand. But in the meantime, I'm making the most of this cozy little space...

And especially the space under my kitchen sink…

** Pay no attention to the fact some of my cabinet doors don't close. That would be from re-painting the cabinets before move-in. 

Well, this week I decided to tackle the cabinet under my kitchen sink. Tomorrow you'll see the final result of my organization efforts. Today, I'm sharing a very easy DIY project that any of you can tackle with success. Took me all of 60 minutes - maybe. This is one of those organization projects that will forever keep giving in return. It's a game-changer, friends!

Most of us keep trash bag rolls under the kitchen sink. If you're a Costco or big box store shopper, you know how cumbersome those oversized rolls can be. I was struggling to keep my rolls together and within reach in this tiny space. So I decided to DIY myself a little trash bag organizer. Check it…

Did you hear that? Oh, that was just me dancing in excitement. Anytime I can DIY a solution that makes life easier = happy dance!

Anyway, what you'll need for this project?…

Shopping list:

* (2) 3/4" Curtain Rod Holders (I bought mine at Home Depot - Home Decorators Collection. Located in the section where they sell blinds.) = $3.97 each

* 5/8 x 48" wooden dowel (Cut down to the size you want. Mine were cut to 17" each)  = $2.44

* Spray paint (This is optional!) = $3.87

Other tools needed:

* Saw (for cutting dowel)

* Hand sander

* Measuring tape

* Screwdriver

* Level

* Pencil

After cutting my dowel down to size, I sanded the ends to make them smooth. This will keep the wood from catching on your trash bag roll…

Then I gave my dowels a shot of white spray paint. This step is optional, but helps the dowels blend in...

While the dowels dried, I opened my curtain rod holders - otherwise known as a bracket set. Let's keep it technical, please. Because you guys know how I roll. #not....

Then I measured where I wanted each of the brackets to hang the sink, marked my holes making sure it was level, and drilled a little hole...

Then, just screw the brackets into place with a screwdriver...

I used 2 sets because I wanted to hang both kitchen and oversized trash bags. Oh yea!…

Now that the brackets are hanging, time to insert the dowels through the trash bag rolls…

Once that's done, all you have to do is place the dowel inside the brackets…

I placed each bracket set about 13" apart. I wanted a little overhang to ensure the dowels wouldn't bend. And they don't. This is super secure and beyond easy to grab a trash bag right from the roll. Even though this space is tight, you can see there is still plenty of room under the trash bag rolls…

For less then $15 you have organized trash bags on a roll! Love this!…

Tomorrow I'll be sharing the full kitchen sink organization tour so make sure to come back!

Go DIY something and have a great day!


  1. This is awesome! We are going to Lowe's tonight so I will be picking up the materials I need to do this and installing it tomorrow. Thanks so much for sharing!!

    1. Yay! Let me know how it turns out! I am loving it so much!!!!

  2. This is genius! I was planning to organize under my kitchen sink this weekend, now I have a new idea to put to use. Thank you!

    1. Yay! So happy to hear that! Let me know how it works out!

  3. I love this idea!!! Storage is always a challenge in my kitchen. Pinning:)

  4. Pure Genius!!! This is awesome!! I will definitely be doing this and it will save me a lot of annoyance. Thanks so much!!

    1. SO great to hear! Let me know how it works out for you!!

  5. That. is. GENIUS! is exactly what I was thinking, as I read this! Just brilliant!!! Thank you for sharing! I am definitely going to do this, as well! Thank you!!!!

    1. Awe, thank you!! Let me know how it works out for you!!

  6. I just love this--shared it on 11 Magnolia Lane's Facebook page!

  7. I am assuming you had to pull a few bags from the middle of the roll? I wasn't able to insert the roll easily.

    1. No, I didn't have to remove any bags from the middle of the roll. My trash bag rolls have some give in them in the center. It's those big rolls from costco. Did you get it to work? If so, I'd love to see a pic!!!

  8. Nice! That is indeed a great way to store your garbage bags! I do agree with you. The space underneath the sink is always some sort of a black hole for any home as there are lots of unorganized chaos going on in there. Haha! This is a great organizing idea. Thanks for sharing!
    Clay Delgado

  9. Could you please let me know the brand name for these trash bags. I love the idea but mine comes folder individually.

    1. I buy our trash bags at a bulk store - Costco. They come in a box with 2 rolls. The dowel fits through the middle of the roll perfectly.