Recycle those bread bag tabs to label your power cords and help solve two problems at once!
I fully believe that one day soon, we’ll have very few things that actually need to be plugged in, but for now we definitely still have a few different areas of the house where we have power bars with multiple things plugged into them. Of course, those power bars are usually tucked away somewhere so that they won’t be seen and that unfortunately also makes them a little hard to reach. It makes it even harder to tell which cord is for which thing when you’re trying to unplug something! And that’s where our little friends the bread bag tabs come in. 🙂
Recycling Bread Bag Tabs for Organizing
Cords have been a problem in most households for decades now, with so many different solutions for controlling them and hiding them popping up in the marketplace all the time. No one wants to have ugly power cords hanging out from behind every piece of furniture. And yet, we don’t seem to have really come up with a great solution to having to use power cords on everything electronic yet. In fact, I think we probably have more power cords in our house than ever. When I heard of this simple idea, I knew it was for us! 🙂
I really love the idea of buying bread from local bakeries and skipping the plastic bag and bread bag tabs altogether, but we still seem to end up with quite a few of them. We still often pick up bread products at the grocery store just out of convenience, or because someone has a craving for something and just in the last week alone, I’ve found them on sliced bread, bagels, and dinner rolls in our house. I never noticed before, but the bag of potatoes and the iceberg lettuce that I bought had them too! That was enough to get me working on this project right away.
The Bread Bag Tabs as Cord Labels
I love that this idea takes two problems: too many cords and excess plastic packaging, and makes the best of them. 🙂
So what do you do? When you’re done with a loaf of bread, or a bag of dinner rolls, recycle the plastic bag, but save the little bread bag tab.
You should actually be able to wipe the date stamp off with a little rubbing alcohol if you’d like to, but you can also just flip the tab over to reveal the plain side. Then, label each tab with the name of something you have plugged into your power bag and clip it over the cord of the corresponding electronic item!
The next time you need to unplug something for whatever reason, you’ll know exactly which cord is for what.
Simple but effective! 🙂
Do you have any other clever uses for these little bread bag tabs that we need to know about?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.