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When I first saw them at Costco, I wondered what Ziploc Accessory Bags were and what they were even good for. I also have to admit that I wasn’t all that impressed by them, figuring they weren’t much better than ordinary sandwich bags.
What was it that was so different or appealing about these bags versus their less expensive sandwich-touting counterparts—that is, of course, aside from the cute packaging and the fact that they come in 5-, 10-, or 15-pack sets?
I not only discovered that the Ziploc Accessory Bags were extremely beneficial for organizing, but that they’re also fun and convenient to use. So much, in fact, that I wound up grabbing several more sets (okay, way more than I needed).
What are Ziploc Accessory Bags?
Sometimes referred to as Contain the Clutter, Ziploc Accessory Bags are reusable bags that are ideal for organizing and decluttering non-food items. They can also be handy for organizing certain areas such as bathrooms, bags, desks, suitcases, and purses. They’re even ideal for random areas, from your favorite junk drawer to your car’s glove box or storage console.
Where to Find Ziploc Accessory Bags
The bags were initially only sold at Walmart and as 5-pack sets, with each set being based on a specific size. They’ve also started to offer a 10-count option, which gives users five each of the Skinny Stuff and Essential Stuff sizes. I’ve even been spotting them in a 15-pack set at none other than Costco lately, and they’re, of course, marked at a fantastic price.
What They Do
As mentioned above, the accessory bags come in two different sizes and as 5, 10, and 15-piece sets. Each set features bags with different-looking graphics on them, and the collections revolve around three different designs: Chic, Boho, and Charm.
Because of their different looks and combinations, they can be great for designating specific or similar items and functions while organizing. I also found that the differing graphics made it easy to quickly identify what I was grabbing, saving me a surprising amount of time and guesswork.
The material is a thicker, semi-transparent plastic that differs from traditional sandwich bags. Thanks to the sturdier plastic, they’re far more durable and easy to clean, too.
I also wind up appreciating the semi-transparent material since it makes the contents inside the bags more private. This means that you could probably take out a bag that has tampons inside it in front of your friends—or a blind date, if you’re feeling daring—and they wouldn’t notice.
Why They Pretty Much Rock
The bags differ from their sandwich-holding counterparts in another way: they cause items to stack on top of one another. As a result, you wind up getting a more compact fit. This may sound like a small feat, but I thought it was a pretty genius way to eliminate unnecessary clutter and save on space as well.
How the bags can condense the amount of space that’s used, however, depends on the size that you choose—the larger Essential Stuff size or smaller Skinny Stuff option. Either way, they not only save space and help keep things organized, but they help to prevent accidents, such as leaks, spills, and mars, which I often have issues with.
Essential Stuff Bags (5.125″ x8.125″ x 4″)
The Essential Stuff version promotes space-saving benefits but also features an expandable bottom. Because of this, they’re fantastic for bulky items, travel, or for simple grab-and-go convenience. However, I pretty much use them as makeup bags at the moment. Because of its expandable bottom, the bag also stays upright while in use.
I love using them for sheet masks, travel-sized bathroom items, car must-haves, serums, a full kit of makeup, nail polish, etc.
Skinny Stuff Bags (3.875″ x8.125″)
The Skinny Stuff bag is a smaller, envelope-sized option (3.875″ x 8.125″). It’s suitable for anything from pens, hair ties, that candy you should have but do anyway, down to your favorite lip balm, as well as that hand sanitizer you always wish you’d brought with you but never seem to.
As I mentioned earlier, the Skinny Stuff version’s compact design causes the contents within to stack on top of each other, helping to save on horizontal space. Its design quite similar to old-school pencil bags.
I love using the Skinny version in purses, my desk drawer, backpacks, or regular bags in particular. Using them in my purse is actually what prompted me to purchase more sets than I probably needed. More so once I saw how they nearly went Harry Potter on me.
Even though my purse was practically overflowing with clutter, the Skinny Stuff bags left me with a surprisingly tidy purse. After using them, things went from their usual chaos and disorganization to suddenly being neat and orderly. It even went from me not being able to close the zip to having empty pockets, too.
I think it may have even been the first time I’ve seen my purse with empty sections and pockets. Like magic.
And it really did make me think of the never-ending bag-turned-tent in Harry Potter, Perkin’s Magic Tent. Impressioso!
The 10-Count Collection Bags
This 10-piece set features 5 Skinny Stuff and 5 Essential Stuff bags based on the collection. Although I don’t always see it available online, you can typically find the 10-count at Walmart.
The Costco 15-Count Collection Bags
This is a 15-piece set that has 10 Essential-sized bags and 5 Skinny Stuff bags. So far, this is only available at Costco.
Although basic in their design, these Ziploc bags are great for space-saving storage. Above all, they’re also an excellent choice for organizing—especially in the smallest of spaces. Best of all, they’re durable, affordable, and able to suit a wide variety of needs.
Things we love:
- Keeps items visible yet discreet.
- Inexpensive, versatile, and durable.
- Awesome for bag, drawer, car, and purse organization.
- Classier, sturdier, and more efficient than regular Ziploc bags.
- Users can grab by sight rather than guesswork alone.
Things that could improve:
- Only currently available at Walmart and Costco
- Graphics could be better.
- Having the ability to purchase the same design graphic as a pack for the sake of organizing
Do you use Ziploc Accessory bags? If so, what do you like using them for the most? Comment down below! For more nifty storage solutions, check out our review on the Clevermade Collapsible Laundry Tote 2-Pack.
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