trash talk: how to choose the right receptacle

Choosing a trash can seems like an easy enough task; choose, place, and use, right? Alas, it is anything but. Whether you’re looking for an under the sink solution for your kitchen or a waste basket for the small space next to the toilet, below are 3 questions to ask yourself before making your choice:

1.) Will it fit? You may have found a great looking round step can for your bathroom but the space you have will only fit one the shape of a rectangle. Likewise, you may want something substantial for your kitchen; maybe a 2-in-1 recycling and trash solution but there is no space. As much as you want what you want, you need to take your space into account.


2.) Will it work for me? If you choose a smaller trash can, the garbage will need to be taken out more often. Will you do that, or will you let it pile up? Likewise, you may love the look of a larger bin but do you want the trash sitting (and potentially smelling) for a longer period of time? If it’s under the sink, will it bother you to open the cabinet every time you want to throw something away?


3.) Who else do you have to account for? Do you live with any animals or small children? If yes, open trash is not the best idea – or maybe you like the idea of someone getting into your trash and playing with it, you do you .

Due to the fact that I live in a Manhattan rental (read: tiny apartment) the issue of how to deal with the kitchen trash has been a fun one to figure out. That may sound sarcastic but figuring out home fixes is one of my favorite activities, go ahead and judge me! For me, the Honey Can Do 30L Square Trash Can was a perfect fit. Literally, it fits in the exact space between my open cabinets. And it has a foot pedal, which is great for when you’re cooking and don’t want to touch the lid.


Choosing a trash can is not one of the most important life decisions you’ll ever make but as with all decisions in your home, it has the ability to make your life harder or easier. My goal is always to make a home run as smoothly as possible; you have enough other issues to worry about!


This post was done in partnership with Honey Can Do, however all opinions are my own.