…not to mention expensive!  You can drop $80 on a silver can that is chrome and sleek but doesn’t blend with your décor.  Not to mention separating trash from recycling.

I’d rather have the trash under the sink but getting to it is awkward when someone is at the sink – excuse me / scootscoot-out-of-the-way-trying-not-to-get-soapy-water-on-the-floor!

Well, THIS is my under-the-sink.

Garbage disposal and water filter leave little room for anything else!

Garbage disposal and water filter leave little room for anything else!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With children living at home it was best to have the MOST efficient, obvious, yet hideous, solution in order to have the kids remember to throw their trash away and to recycle cardboard, milk cartons, bottles, etc.

Which resulted in this:

100% accessible and visible at all times!

100% accessible and visible at all times!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gray is for trash and blue is for recycling…smart, I know 😉  We don’t compost, do you?  I think I feel guilty about that, but I’m not sure.

Anyway, with the kids gone and mostly, now, people are used to recycling – at least around here they are – we didn’t want the nasty-looking cans sitting out but also didn’t want the sleek chrome-which-doesn’t-match-our-décor bins.  Our décor is warm wood and rattan in a tropical motif.

We had an epiphany!  Which resulted in this:

Its a repurposed laundry bin!

It holds more than the previous open plastic bins and look:

It has 2 compartments - trash and recycling.

It has 2 compartments – trash and recycling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We drop plastic kitchen trash bags down inside – each compartment came with a liner so the white bags don’t show through.

Peek inside...

Peek inside…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And my hubby attached S clips – 4 to a compartment and opened up at one end, so we can slide in the trash bag which stays in place perfectly.

See the S clip?  Maybe 'clip' isn't the right word, but you can get them at hardware stores...shaped like a figure 8.

See the S clip? Maybe ‘clip’ isn’t the right word, but you can get them at hardware stores…shaped like a figure 8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s another picture:

This is a better shot of the S thingy.

This is a better shot of the S thingy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We just push the metal prong through the plastic bag and the pull-tie of the bag helps keep it in place, although it doesn’t get much strain anyway since the fit is so perfect!

to THIS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After using it a couple times, I realized it needed a handle, so I took an unused curtain tie-back and slipped it between the weave of the lid and used a twisty-tie to hold it in place!

Who invented the trusty twisty-tie?

Who invented the trusty twisty-tie?

Although part of me thinks a leather strap would look cool.

Although part of me thinks a leather strap would look cool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

from this...

from this…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...to this!  Pretty nice, eh?  No more unsightly bins.

…to this! Pretty nice, eh? No more unsightly bins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, don’t pay any attention to the floor…we have boxes of eucalyptus flooring in the garage, which is what the rest of the house has (except the bedrooms) and which will be installed in the kitchen in a year or so when we remodel it.  Or maybe in two years… 😉

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