Minimalist Hack: Take out the Trash

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read disclosures here.

As I’m stumbling along this journey of minimalism, one of the newest (and smartest) trends in the kitchen world is hiding your trash and recycle bin out of sight.

When my parents remodeled their kitchen they installed one of the cabinets specifically for this. It’s fantastic! Super fancy! But if you aren’t remodeling your kitchen and want the benefit of a hidden waste receptacle, there are a few other cost-effective and easy fixes for you to take out the trash.

#1 Simple Human Pull Out Trash

This one is fantastic – easy to install, and it glides out SO smoothly. If you read the reviews people rave about it. The width on this one sits at 10″ so it’s moderately sized, and potentially the easiest to fit two side-by-side.

#2 Simple Human Trash-Recycle Combo

This one is perfect if you do not have room for two bins side-by-side under your cabinets. This one also installs easily, and slides out smoothly. At 9.8″ width, it’s conveniently sized especially for smaller spaces like under the sink.

#3 Rev-A-Shelf Under Sink Roll Out 

This one is great if you need two bins, but be advised this that is a bit wider than the Simple Human options at 14.38″ width. If you have a wider cabinet and can manage this, it is a very comparable option.

Measure, measure, measure! 

One of the biggest tips I can give is measure, measure, measure! Take the measurements, compare them to the product you are looking at, then measure again. You’ll be glad you did. I can’t tell you how annoying it is to get something awesome and realize that it doesn’t fit – it’s either too big or too small. Chances are you’ve experienced this same frustration if you’ve done any kind of DIY home improvement project.

Personally, I did install the Recycle-Trash combo first but realized it was too small for my needs. I remeasured and realized I could fit two big roll out cans side-by-side which is much better for my home.

Make sure you measure, assess your needs, and make your decisions from there.

I love having my trash hidden now, and it really helps me feel like I’m one step closer to the “less is more” lifestyle. 🙂

What is your favorite minimalist hack? Comment below!