dual purpose office trash can

collageApril 22, 2007


I've been lurking for a few months--what a great group of people with such wonderful suggestions. About nine months ago I decided I really needed to get more organized -- realized that I wanted my kids to live in a more organized home and learn to be more organized themselves. I've really picked up some useful tips and thank you all!

Here's my question...I converted a little used guest room into an office/extra TV room. Works great (might even be the favorite room of the house for the kids now) but I find I do all of my paperwork in this smallish room and would like to find a trash can that has a divider so I can put recyclable paper on one side (to be transferred later) and trash in the other. I'm sure I've seen this type of can but, now that I'm looking (Staples, Target, BB&B), I can't find it. Has anyone seen anything like this? Thanks.

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Huh. I just let the "trash" be in with the paper until I make my rounds on Tues am before the garbage/recycling pickup. No food or wet stuff goes in there, just some plastic.

On trash day (or the night before) I first bag the accumulated newspapers in one paperbag, then all that paper (two spots it gathers) in a second paper bag, leaving any plastic wrappers, etc behind. Take that out along with bottle and cans. Then I start in the laundry room and pull the grocery bag liner with the dryer lint (replace bag), go back to those two work areas and retrieve the plastic bits, swing through the baths for that trash, back through the kitchen and put the bag into the kitchen can bag and out it all goes. Done.

Never had a problem quickly sorting plastic or pens, etc. from the paper. But it is dry trash. Wouldn't want to be picking through banana peels and yogurt containers. Ew.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2007 at 11:28PM
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I have so little non-paper garbage in my bedroom office area that I just walk it out to the kitchen. It's not THAT big an apartment (even if it did get bigger once I added in the hallways & bathrooms, LOL!) And I don't have non-paper garbage there much at all.

(I *do* have a small trash can near my bed, for bedroom/grooming type garbage--would that work for you? Put a second, small trash can by the bed for tissues, etc., and then just use it for throwing out non-paper office garbage?)

Can you just fit two trash cans? Or move the living-room trash can to be close to the door that leads to the guest room? That's where our living-room trash can is, so the distance is about the same as walking across a single room--it's not really a trek. About 6 to 8 steps.

Or get one just big enouogh, and cut a piece of foam board to fit, and wedge it down in there?

(I use the shredder for all paper garbage; I bought one w/ a gap beside the shredder head, so all the non-shredding paper can fit in there.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2007 at 9:29AM
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Collage, I don't know what posessed me to babble on about my trash day routine in my post last night - perhaps the late hour?

Good luck finding your divided trash can!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2007 at 11:59AM
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like this one?

Here is a link that might be useful: sorting trash can

    Bookmark   April 23, 2007 at 3:01PM
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Yes jenathegreat--thank you for finding it! In an ideal world, it would have been the shape for paper (rectangular), divided the long way and without a top but I'll either give that a try or, as Talley Sue suggests, make my own by wedging foam core into a single bin. Both great suggestions--thank you!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2007 at 11:41PM
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