Here's a blog post from Wendysinfamilie.blogg.no who is following along with the challenges, and also worked on her home recycling center.
I couldn't read the blog words, since I only speak English, but you can tell she has her recycling held under her sink. She already had everything separated out with different containers under there, but during the challenge she took the time to create some labels for them.
I think this is great, since labels can really help you know which bin to throw various items in (and help guests and kids do the same!)
***Update: Wendy shared this with me:
I have now put a google translator on top of my blog so all you that don't read Norwegian also can see what I have written :-)
So, there you go, I need to go back and read what she said, and you should too!***
Tricia shared how she improved the way her family recycles, even in a really tight space.
Our home is small and 100 years old. As a result, I need to maximize every inch in our home by being really organized.
For the recycling challenge, I was working with a small cabinet (20 inches deep, 16 inches wide, 27 inches high). Our previous “system” (an old trashcan that fit the space but overflowed within two days) was really driving my husband crazy.
For the challenge, I purchased two new bins. Due to the narrow width of my cabinet, the bins need to be pulled out for use, but they work fine.
I made cute stickers to identify each bin for my kids and put down Mexican oil cloth for easy cleaning for the inevitable schmutz that gets on the bottom of the cabinet.
My husband is really happy with the change, so this is a win/win on the home front!
Thanks Tricia for sharing your picture and tips for what you did.
It sounds like you really thought it through, and worked with the space you have. Yes, it is a definite improvement, and the labels and the protection for the floor of the cabinet are nice touches that will help you use and enjoy your recycling center even more. Brava!
Here's another photo sent in by another reader, Helena, who also used this challenge to get her recycling station organized.
Helena said, "Finally got my recycling centre sorted. It's on wheels for ease of moving when needed."
She explained in her blog post that her family didn't need lots of bins because their area had what is called a single stream recycling system, where all recyclables are collected together instead of having to be separated.
However, she does separate her aluminum cans since she gives those to someone to recycle where they then use the money for charity.
Point is, however, that she didn't need an elaborate system, and she just had to add one bin for additional recyclables, next to her trash can and the bin she collects the cans in.
A step she wanted to accomplish that is not shown in the pictures however, is to label each container, with "trash only," "cans only," and "recyclables" so that everyone knew what went where.
That's a good point. I've been confused as a guest in people's home sometimes as to where the trash versus the recycling is, or what recycling can go where. A little bit of labeling can help both guests and forgetful family members.
A vinyl decal, such as the one shown on the right, might just do the trick as a simple label if you've got two similar containers next to each other, so everyone knows where to put the right items.
Here's another example from a reader, Heather, who has single stream recycling, and therefore only needed one bin.
Heather said, "I've had a pull out trash can I got at Lowes. They come in several sizes and use your existing cabinetry. Trash in front and recycling in back!"
You can choose the hardware and parts to allow you to have either a single, or a double can within your kitchen cabinets.
Not everyone keeps their recycling bins indoors, at least not some of the big ones. Here are some photos from readers who showed their outdoor bins and containers.
The photo above is from a reader, Mary. She said, "Our rather small Georgia town has a wonderful curb-side recycling program. For a one time rental fee of $25 you have a large blue recycling container. The green is for other garbage. I keep a smaller container in the garage and empty that into the big blue every few days. The county also has recycling centers for those outside the city limit pick up."
A similar photo was also sent in, above, by another reader, Annmarie, who said, "We pay for our recycling, only one trash collection company collects recycling and it is $5 a month that is donated to one of the breast cancer organizations.
They take paper, cardboard, cans and some plastics.
I get the plastics confused but I'm pretty sure water bottles and milk jugs.
We keep it next to the kitchen exit door and carry it to the bin as needed.
There is also a recycle drop off about a mile away that takes glass and wood as well.
There are two of us and our normal trash works out to less than a standard white kitchen bag a week."
First, she already had her recycling containers in her kitchen, next to the refrigerator. That was a nice way to use up some otherwise wasted space!
Then, she also made sure she placed trash cans in every room of the house, to keep trash from accumulating and piling up so much. She got cute little trash cans for the bathroom, laundry room and kids' rooms, for example.
I thought her idea for the laundry room trash cans was especially good. She got two trash cans. One for lint and other trash accumulated and created in the room. However, the other trash can was used to collect stuff that she found in her family's pockets as she did the wash.
Only thing I'd say would be to make sure the two were properly labeled, so you didn't start throwing stuff in the wrong one. I like having a "lost and found" in the laundry room though. Plus, I personally say all money found in pockets is mine! That helps everyone clean out their pockets before putting stuff in the hampers! :)
Have You Been Inspired To Get Organized Now?
I hope these pictures and ideas have helped inspire you to create and maintain a place in your home for your recycling.
If you've been inspired I encourage you to do the steps in week #6 of the challenge all about trash and recycling, and then share your photos with me here. I'd love to feature you in the hall of fame too!
Further, as you may be able to tell this is just one of the many parts of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge here on the site. I'd love it if you joined the challenges because over the course of the year it can help you organize your entire house, from top to bottom.
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