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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

In Love with a Garbage Can. Thanks to Rubbermaid.

When Rubbermaid came out with their new Hidden Recycler, I had visions of sugar plums dancing in my head. Okay, maybe not but I was pretty happy.

You see, we moved things around in our kitchen. The spot where my garbage can used to be was replaced with a dishwasher. The only place left, underneath the sink.

Rubbermaid was having all these giveaways for their Hidden Recycler so I entered a bunch. I know, I needed a garbage can not a recycle bin but...

I'm frugal.

I waited.

I entered some more giveaways.

I waited.

I brokedown.

I went out and bought a competitors product. Not because it was better but because it's what Canadian Tire had. Of course I have a Canadian Tire Mastercard (I heart Canadian Tire) so I have tons of "free money" on the card.

Fortunately, Ed is a procrastinator. Because, that night, I won one of these...

RubberMaid Hidden Recycler
(Sound of Harps Playing)
If only that was my kitchen but it's not.
I got this photo from Rubbermaids website.

Unfortunately, Ed is a procrastinator. My kitchen has looked like this for months.

Kitchen Before Rubbermaid Recycler
Not pretty.

That is until today.

Installation Under the Sink of RubberMaid Hidden Recycler
Tada, my new garbage can. Fits like a glove.

Frugality aside. The reasons why I came up with the idea to make it my garbage can are:

  1. It's machine washable. No more scrubbing. Like I did anyways.
  2. It's portable. If the bags I get from neighbours buy don't fit or fall down, I can just pick the whole thing up and take it to our big garbage can (now on the back porch) and don't need to drip garbagie wetness all over the floor. I think I just made up a new word.
  3. It was the perfect size. It wasn't too big or small so even though Ed had to cut out one half shelf (he would have had to no matter what we got), I can still use the space behind it.
  4. The price!

Now all I need to do is find some garbage bags that fit!

Got any stories about your own creative geniusness?

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  1. That's great! Of all the reviews I've read for it, this is the first time someone has used it for something else.

    I can't think of any stories about creative geniusness right now but I know I've done it!

  2. great job, sounds like it will work well for you!

  3. Oooh! I like it! That sounds great! Genius!

  4. Those garbage cans looks really great! I love Rubbermaid.

  5. Rubbermaid may want to know. They can market there product in a different way. I, too, am frugal and like to think outside the box.

  6. Great idea!! I need one of these. My pup sits there and waits for her chance to bite a hole in the bottom of the plastic bags

  7. It is great! Thanks for sharing with us. I have one too - for recycling.

  8. i am also a frugal gal and think this is a great idea!

  9. Cool! I never thought of using it as a garbage can!

  10. The one I won is in the laundry room as a wet tea towel etc collector, waiting for the next wash. Its wonderful, better than been dumped in a cardboard box

  11. Great idea. I love finding new ways to use products!

  12. Woohoo! LOVE that it's machine washable, 'cause my track record for cleaning in general is pretty iffy and mostly non-existant for cleaning stuff like garbage cans. I love seeing how you installed it, too. We have one here, but haven't gotten around to installing it either, so it's really inspiring me to figure out where we can best make use of it.

    Ooh, I love Vesper's use as a wet towel collector. I'm always accumulating damp, dirty rags and towels and just leaving them in the washer, but then we end up wanting to wash something else so have to take them out. The Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler is supremely versatile! Your own imagination and creativity's the limit, it seems. Love that in a product.

  13. Machine washable? I want one!

  14. Looks great - I could sure use one of those...or two!

  15. I love it. I entered all those giveaways too. I so wanted one. Wah! Now maybe I need to go buy one. I love love love Rubbermaid!!

  16. Oooo.... I like it!! It looks so compact and easily tucked away.

  17. I've never thought of using a washable garbage can, I think I could like this product! thanks for the post and seriously telling me about this, I'd never heard of it before.

  18. That's awesome!!! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Wow, never heard of it before. Sounds like it's the perfect fit for you guys!