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Does Your Trash Can Stink? Try This Simple Trick to Get Rid of Odors

by M.E. Gray

Trash can odors tips and tricks

Has this happened to you? You come home and open your front door, only to immediately get hit with a whiff of something nasty? Ick. Chances are, that unpleasant odor was your kitchen trash. It's inevitable. Trash can odors are going to happen, but there are things you can do to fight the stank. Today I'm sharing a quick trick for eliminating trash can odors, plus some other pointers for keeping the smell at bay.          

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The Trash Temple.

by Chris Gardner

Buddy, if we'd had one of these on the playground when I was a kid, "King of the Hill" would have been a whole different experience.

trash temple art recycling photo

This ziggurat of zaniness was created by Salzig Design, a graphic and industrial design firm. It was built in Heijplaat, an old neighborhood in Rotterdam, and made from 100 tons of plastic bottle bales.

trash temple art recycling construction photo

Via TreeHugger.

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How to make a 'trash flap'

by DIY Maven

How to make a 'trash flap'

Check this out...some of the Crafty Daisies thought it would be a grand idea if they popped out the decorative wooden piece above the cupboard under the sink where they keep their garbage can and install a 'flap'. Yup, just like in fast food restaurants.

The flap itself is made of a sandwich of thick fabric, which is Velcro-ed in. A scrap of drywall glued onto the back of the flap gives it body and makes it close 'automatically'. Check out the...

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DIY Project: Packing Peanut Chandelier.

by Chris Gardner

DIY Project: Packing Peanut Chandelier.

Bryan, the obviously clever boyfriend of Molly Dash, created this beautiful lighting fixture from everyone's favorite inspiration...trash. Made of a bit more than packing peanuts and some glue, it's truly elegant example of very, very upcycling.

Materials

1. Large box of packing peanuts
2. Half gallon of wood glue
3. Large clear trash bag (leaf bag)
4. Medium-heavy gauge copper wire for hanging (18 ga.)
5. Needle nose pliers for hanging
6...

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14 Creative Ways to ReUse Your Garbage.

by Chris Gardner

Look into your garbage can: see anything that might still have some life left to it? Here's fourteen suggestions from the Simple Dollar to use your refuse in new and creative ways.

14 Creative Ways to ReUse Your Garbage.

Use covers from issues of The New Yorker as gift wrapping.

Add used dryer sheets to your stored clothes.

Make kitchen scrubbers with rubber bands from the Sunday paper and the mesh wrapping from fruit.

Use orange and lemon peels as air fresheners.

Use empty Kleenex...

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8 Ways to Conquer Clutter.

by Chris Gardner

You have things that you haven't used in years. Stuff that doesn't fit. Stuff that's ugly. BeingParent offers 8 tips to help you Let Go of Clutter.

1. Throw it away.

2. Get storage containers.

3. Free Stuff is not always good.

4. Give it away.

5. Sell it.

6. Shred it.

7. Get professional help.

8. Create and Stick to a schedule.

 

8 Ways to Conquer Clutter.
 

 

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How To Create "Fabric" From Trash Bags.

by Chris Gardner

My college roommate learned this technique in an art class, after which we used to "borrow" garbage bags from the maitenance closet and make rain covers for our bikes and portable hampers/laundry baskets.

How To Create "Fabric" From Trash Bags.

I saw an article in a book that recommended using newspaper bags, but that produces a small piece after folding, which means ALOT of sewing to piece it together. Plastic bags from the grocery store would work as well.

Materials: 

   Plastic garbage...

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A Bin Bin Alternative

by DIY Maven

A Bin Bin Alternative

Check out Scandinavian Design Center’s Bin Bin wastebasket, which looks very much like the contents it holds. The John Brauer creation is clever, but I’ll leave it up to you to determine if the 331 x 330 mm receptacle is worth its 60 dollar price tag. As for me, a trip to my local fabric/craft store this weekend turned up a 250 x 220 mm plastic ice bucket, on sale for $2.50, which I’m now using in my craft room as a trash can. Sweet!

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Compulsive Hoarding is No Laughing Matter

by Bruno Bornsztein

Ever feel like your house is filling up with crap? Do you have trouble getting rid of things? Well, things could be worse:

Compulsive hoarding is a dangerous psychological condition.

From BadJason.com 

 

And while the images of compulsive hoarders' homes can strike us as humorous by their sheer absurdity, this is a serious pyschological condition with dramatic consequences: 

 

ABC News ran a piece this weekend on the psychology of compulsive hoarding (often correlated with obsessive-compulsive disorder). What...

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