The Bagster® Bag Blogger Challenge

This is a little story about a girl named Pretty Handy Messy Girl. She was a DIY Super Star, but she had a big problem. Her workshop (sometimes referred to as the garage) was a colossal mess! There were piles of paint, unfinished projects, tools strewn everywhere, remnants of beach vacations past and worst of all: the clutter seemed to be procreating. Yikes!

I’m warning you now — what you are about to see is very disturbing — please avert your eyes if you detest chaos.

This is abuse! The sad plastic shelving just can’t hold all the paint cans anymore.

Don’t look now, squeezed amongst the toys are the bikes. Believe it or not, there are actually 4 bikes in the picture. But, that 4th one is inaccessible! Can you tell it doesn’t get much use?

Then there are the tools —Pretty Messy Girl’s necessities of the trade — they are just scattered willy nilly. Such a crying shame!

Lucky for our heroine, she had a Super Hero who was about to deliver her from this prison of clutter.

Meet our hero, The Bagster® Bag! Pretty Handsome Guy found our hero at the local Ace Hardware and left him front and center for Pretty Messy Girl to see. Speaking of see, did you see that last word? My favorite: GONE!

Catching the hint, she embarked on a long journey to reclaim what was once hers. Setting up the Bagster bag took only a few seconds.

If you’ve never met the Bagster® bag before, you’ll be surprised to learn some amazing facts about him:

1. He is an inexpensive alternative to renting a dumpster.

  • The Bagster® bag is an affordable solution for homeowners and a great way to save money on do-it-yourself projects. Bagster® bags cost just $29.95 and the flat rate collection fee ranges from $79 to $159 per bag, depending on your area – 50 to 70 percent less than a dumpster rental.

2. He’s compact, but packs a mean punch.

  • The Bagster® bag is a highly durable, woven bag designed for disposing as much as 3,300 pounds of debris and is big enough to hold full sheets of plywood, doors and even a bathtub.

3. If you’ve ever seen a big unattractive dumpster you will agree that Mr. The Bagster is quite the dashing fellow.

  • The Bagster® bag is a convenient choice for any home improvement project.
    – Often times construction debris can’t be picked up from the curbside, so consumer now have a great solution when a dumpster is too large for the project.


    – The Bagster® bag is ready when you are – great for last-minute projects or ones that need an extended period of time to complete.


    – Consumers can use the bag for as long as they like, then schedule a collection when the bag is full or their project is finished. The bag and collection service are always ready, putting consumers in control of their projects.


    – Collection can be scheduled online at

    or by calling 1-877-789-2247, and Waste Management will collect the bag within three business days.

4. He is easy to locate and will be there in a moments notice at the first cry of “Help!”

  • Waste Management has made the Bagster® bag a simple solution for waste and debris removal.

– Consumers can purchase the lightweight bag at more than 2,000 locations across the country, use it for as long as they like, then schedule a collection online or over the phone whenever they are ready.
– The Bagster® bag is sold at local home improvement and hardware stores, including participating The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ace Hardware and True Value. To find a local retailer near you, visit

5. He might as well have a cape because he’s a super hero in a bag (errr, Bagster).

  • For more information and to see a demonstration of a Bagster® bag in action, visit



Waste Management partnered with bloggers such as myself to participate in its The Bagster® Bag Blogger Challenge.  As part of the program, I received compensation.  They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products used for the The Bagster® Bag Blogger Challenge. Waste Management believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Waste Management’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.


  1. I can’t wait to see the “after” pictures!

  2. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    I like Bagster on FB!

  3. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    I think you’ve already found the best tip ever – purge, purge, purge! If you don’t really need it, get rid of it! I think most of us just hold on to too much stuff!

  4. Best no clutter tip: don’t buy more stuff. Try to do projects that use up what you already have. Especially paint. Mix it up. If it’s not used in a specific time period (like a year), throw it out (or donate it). And this part is hardest for me – if you have just a little left overs from a project, don’t save it. Donate or toss it.

  5. Love your ideas.

  6. We put shelving systems in our garage and it has been a big help. My other big tip- two words: YARD SALE! :)

  7. High hanging cabinets over your workbench to get tools, paint, etc off the floor and give you a place to get your DIY on! (I’m waiting for the after pics too because my workshop is next and I need inspiration!) :-)

  8. My best tip when hanging on to a stash of things you may use: If you haven’t used it in two years, get rid of it.

    P.S. I love cleaning out, purging and organizing. It makes a space so much more usable and inviting (so I’ll actually use it!). Now if my parents would just let me help purge their house/garage… :)

  9. I “liked” bagster on facebook. whenever organizing I begin with shelving… and lots of it to get things up and off the floor! Can’t wait to see your finished project!!

  10. I use Cardboard boxes to organize in the garage! Makes it cheap and I can easily label them!

  11. I like Bagster on FB with my username Mary Happymommy.

  12. Our garage is by no means clutter-free, but we DO use a lot of hooks and shelving. It could be neater, but I think the big shelves my husband built are a big help.

  13. I liked bagster on FB. I just wish it wasn’t so expensive for the pick-up fee!

  14. Wow, wonderful photos! Very inspiring, makes me want to try a Bagster for my garage and also my basement. I like Bagster on FB (Amber H). Thanks!

  15. I follow Bagster on Twitter (roomofmyown)

  16. We utilize a work bench, shelving, pegboard & hooks to help keep our work area neat and clean

  17. My tip is to use storage containers or racks. I found a great product called Neat Containers that come in a variety of sizes and make for easy stacking and storage.

  18. You could DIY your own storage solutions…. floor to ceiling shelves, Pegboard hangers, overhead storage, etc.

  19. Can’t wait to see how you organized your garage.. I mean.. workshop. 😉

  20. My tip: It is so much easier to simplify than organize. . .but oh so hard for us creative types, eh? I need one of these bags that will take it all to Goodwill. . .I just need less stuff.

  21. Andrea S. says:

    It looks like you have some storage above in your garage. In our garage my husband made an “elevator”. It’s really a wench attached to a platform that a remote operates. It helps move lots of stuff up to the “top floor” of the garage without us having to carry anything up the ladder and freeing up space down below in the main area of the garage. Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. I follow them on twitter. ID: Lyndadawinda

  23. I LIKE them on Facebook. ID: Lynda Castillo

  24. I now follow them on Twitter!! :)

  25. Hmmm…clutter control…I’d say frequent clean-outs and lots of nice-looking bins!! Bins are my best friends :)

  26. my tip is to build lots and lots of shelves!

  27. i like them on FB steph sweeper

  28. Anne Marie says:

    My tip is to not let the clutter accumulate in the first place – when you buy something new – something else must be tossed – just trying to keep clutter at a minimum.

  29. I think the key to a clutter free garage is to have those cheap white cabinets that are tall to put all your stuff away in. You can buy several and line them all up along a wall. Can’t see clutter if it’s hidden away.

  30. I follow Bagster Bag on Facebook.

  31. Deanna G. says:

    I follow @BagsterBag on Twitter as @calidreamin87.

  32. Deanna G. says:

    I like Bagster Bag on Facebook. (Deanna Cali)

  33. Deanna G. says:

    My tip: Build up! We have lots of tall shelving in our garage.

  34. I liked Bagster on Facebook. As a result of years of neglectful stuffing and the wonderful paint-the-house project my darling Prince has been conducting, my garage looks a lot like yours. Even with the long Cape Cod fall, it’s time to clear out; I want my car covered by the garage, not a snowstorm!

  35. What a great idea….tip?…Don’t take garage clean up tips from me, mine looks worse! If you want to have a “messiest garage contest” I am a contender. Good luck with your project

  36. I liked the Bagster on facebook:)

  37. I just liked the Bagster on facebook. I’m so glad that you featured it because otherwise I would not have known about it. It sounds like a great alternative to renting a dumpster and one I’ll be checking out in the very near future.

  38. Kelly Palmer says:

    I just “liked” The Bagster on facebook :)

  39. I try to utilize every bit of wall space by using shelves (often built between exposed studs), peg boards, work benches with shelves below. If I can’t see it, it doesn’t get used. For seasonal things, I laid down some plywood in an overhead space. I have an older home with a bonus room above the garage, so the garage ceiling height is low. However, there was a spot in the front that cried out as unused space. I’m not good at purging –unfortunately — but keep working at it. Maybe a Bagster would help motivate me.

  40. I liked Bagster on FB!

  41. Like them on facebook!

  42. I so need one or two or perhaps even three of these. :)

  43. By ruthless:) see the potential in a project, commit to it or pass it on.

  44. Oh my gosh what a deal vs. dumpster rentals during big job cleanups. I like the Big Bagster on Facebook so enter me in the drawing please. Thanks!

  45. You have a head start with the Bagster and I would reccomend throwing out the stuff you never seem to use like old cans of spray paint that won’t work as they should and cans of paint drying from lack of use. We had this thing of if you haven’t used it in the last 6 months and have no plans to use it in the next 6 months get rid of it. Another good way to keep down the clutter that is keeping you from your DIY workspace is to look up on the walls and utilize that space with racks to hold some of the stuff. You could get 4 wall mounts for the bikes. There are also brackets for mounting gardening tools like rakes, shovels, etc. on the wall. If you have open rafters above and have room, I would suggest nailing plywood on them and putting boxes of infrequently used items. A chart would come in handy to help you locate the individual boxes along with teh boxes being labled. The ladder you will need to get up there can also be hung on the wall. Best of luck. I’m sure your space will be looking great in no time at all.

  46. I’m with most responses here- lots of shelving- and a tutorial on how you built them! :) I like reusing glass jars to store paint leftovers- you can see at a glance what color you have, and the sizes can vary depending on how much is leftover- less air space in the jar means less drying out. Just tape a paint swatch on the lid for a label.

  47. keep a watch on Craigs list or free cycle for old kitchen cabinets to hang in the garage, then DON’T fill them up. Purge until it hurts!

    I keep having to teach myself that an extra washer, nut, toilet float, etc is no good if I can’t find it!

  48. Waaah. I visited bagster and they don’t have service where I need it in Oregon. I’m trying to organize everything by function in my garage/workshop and if it doesn’t have a function in the NEAR future it will leave (give away, donate, trash, recycle).

  49. I am trying to learn to get rid of things we don’t use by giving them away or tossing them. Hard for me to do either way :)

  50. I am trying very hard to declutter my closets, and I have donated many items that I was holding for more than a year. I feel if I haven’t needed the item in a year, It is good to go.

  51. Joyce Hennessey says:

    My suggestion for garage clutter is to look up, to your ceiling or attic space above the garage. I am currently making overhead storage for my ladder and large outdoor umbrella using angle bars attached to joists and s hooks with HVAC tape and pvc pipe. It sounds complicated but it is real simple. I am using
    the ceiling space between my garage doors. I am using a new product named “Attic-Dek” to make a floor on the attic studs for storage. The great part about the 16″ or 24″ inch plastic pieces is that you can carry them to the attic with no hassle and install with just a drill. Each piece can hold up to 250 lbs. Check out their web site for info.

  52. Find as many places on the wall where you can add shelves. Getting things off the floors is the best!

  53. Avoid clutter by simply having a tag sale every year for things you have no use for!
    Thanks for this splendid giveaway

  54. I follow them on twitter @anashct
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  55. I liked them on FB!

  56. Re: the clutter….sigh, trying to deal with my own garage now as we gear up for winter! I agree with others, getting stuff up off the floor and onto the walls is huge. Also a big fan of purging/donating, feels so good once it’s done!

  57. My tip for a clutter free garage. Lots and lots of storage! Everything needs to have a labelled home. Find a label maker, lots of bins and have at it.

  58. When I clean out spaces that tend to collect the ‘some day’ type of items I always approach it as if I was moving… If I wouldn’t move it to my new house; which I spend some time dreaming about (procrastinating). If I wouldn’t move it I don’t keep it.

  59. I also follow baster on twitter (abijah8)

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  1. […] When last we left our gal, Pretty Messy Girl was embarking on a journey into the bowels of her garage. There were crevices and corners that hadn’t seen a shop-vac in years. Dead spiders and centipedes lurked in their dark and dusty hideaways. Fearlessly, she dove head first into the task at hand and with her hero, the Bagster at her side, she overcame the clutter despite the odds! […]

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