I have purchased a kitchen trash can. It’s a 4-gallon can that may or may not be considered the proper size for a family of five, but it’s clocking in at about 4 times the size of what we had before and sometimes I don’t quite realize how difficult I’ve made a simple task until I improve it.
In the scheme of things, finding a suitable trash can sounds—and is—a very small victory. But having a clean and functional spot to dispose of the day’s literal garbage, I’ve found, is actually rather impactful. (If only I had such a perfect place to put the figurative garbage.) With a slightly bigger can, there’s been a reprieve from cleaning up after a four- and six-year-old who overshoot the tiny trash basket six or seven times a day. And in a sea of kitchen trash cans that appear to be over-designed and under-performing, I was glad to find something so simple.
From a design perspective, the trash can is a classic beauty in a just-plain-fancy kind of way. It’s made of powder-coated stainless steel and solid as can be, with a removable galvanized steel bucket on the inside. The whole thing is satisfyingly slim on plastic and feels built to last a lifetime. (It also meets OSHA standards for safe disposal of blood borne pathogens, in case that is something you’re looking for in a trash can!) A cursory look into the manufacturer, Witt Industries in Ohio, tells me the company has been churning out this kind of practical workhorse since the late 1800s. No surprise, I especially like that it complements our vintage stove. It doesn’t do anything to improve the tacked on vinyl floor or the stained formica countertops, but it holds its own in making the whole kitchen feel a whole lot better and what more could I ask of a trash can?
From a trash perspective, it feels like a more manageable size in terms of family output and frequency of emptying but it’s not so large that things get gnarly. Pandemic budget cuts continue to lay waste to our city’s composting efforts, but collections have resumed at our local greenmarket and so despite the fact that in a moment of weakness—or maybe just exhaustion—we emptied our indoor compost bin into a patch of garden out front, we’re still collecting our food scraps in the freezer. When there’s the time and stores of energy, we bring them to the farmer’s market collection site.
And that’s that. One simple thing that’s improving life around here a bit. If a retro, barebones, step-on trash can is something that would improve your life, here’s the one I found: 2-Piece 4-Gallon Witt Industries Step On Trash Can*.
* I won’t pretend that I understand how Wayfair operates, but it seems to me like the price changes daily and it was a full $10 less expensive when I bought it, so do with that what you will! And! If you don’t care about trash cans but you do like smart podcasts, don’t miss this excellent episode of You’re Wrong About.)
What about you? Any examples of very simple stuff making life a little easier for you these days?
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