I firmly believe that some things are best left out of sight. When someone walks into my kitchen, I definitely don’t want the first thing they see to be a trash can. So stashing that trash bin in a cabinet seemed like a logical, aesthetically pleasing solution. Bonus: Keeping it behind closed doors meant I wouldn’t have to waste (get it?) precious square footage. Thus, I’m sad to report. However, keeping garbage in the cabinet below my sink has proven to be a bad idea. Here are four reasons I no longer keep my trash can in my cabinet:
It Makes You Forget To Take Out The Garbage
Remember that whole out of sight, out of mind thing? Yeah, that’s not so good when you have a can full of eggshells and vegetable scraps. With my trash can sitting out in the open. Hence, I’m not able to overlook the fact that it’s overflowing. Therefore, which serves as a constant reminder for me to think about whether or not it’s trash day.
It Limits Your Trash Can Options
Trying to find a trash can that fit in my cabinet (and around the various pipes) was limiting. It obviously had to be small and, once it got too small, it wasn’t exactly helpful. One time, I tossed a Chinese takeout container and my bin was immediately full. Then I ended up hanging plastic bags from my cabinet knobs and that was even uglier than if I had just put out a can in the first place.
It’s A Waste Of Cabinet Storage Space
While there’s something to be said for maximizing floor space (real estate is at a premium in my New York apartment), I realized that I was actually sacrificing something much more valuable by using a cabinet to store my trash can: storage space. Now that it’s gone, I have tons of room for cleaning supplies, plastic containers, and reusable tote bags. It’s basically a bonus closet now!
It Stinks. Literally
I don’t know about your garbage, but personally, I’ve found that food scraps that sit for more than a day start to reek, giving the whole cabinet lingering garbage smell. This is especially true since it’s nearly impossible to have a trash can with a lid if you’re storing it in a cabinet.