If you’re an avid recycler, you probably realize how quickly the empty bottles and cans can stack up. Not to mention if you recycle paper as well, it can become overwhelming over the course of a week, taking over the limited space remaining in your kitchen or hallway and driving you crazy!
In most apartments, renters have more wall space than you do square footage. Using that wall space to its fullest potential will help you keep down the clutter! Adding hooks to the wall for hanging recyclable bags gets them off the floor and out of your way. If you are so lucky to have some floor space, but want to double up the duty your recyclables are doing, you can store your bins within another container (preferably one which has a seat or surface type top). That way you get your recycling out of sight and can use the container it’s hiding in as a functional object. Another great method of getting the recycling out of your way is to store it in containers which fit underneath another piece of furniture in the kitchen, such as a set of shelves. These containers don’t have to be ugly plastic bins, either. Pick attractive matching containers which complement the space and your decor.
Just because you move to a smaller space doesn’t mean you have to give up recycling. With a little effort and creativity you can tame the empty bottle clutter!