13 Jan

DIY Dumpster Dive

I <3 trash. But, I try hard not to be the one putting things on the curb for others to pilfer. I’ve been known to hang on to soup cans, spaghetti jars, cardboard (sorry Mom – I know you’re shuddering as Dad reads this to you!), plastic & paper bags, fabric & wallpaper scraps – you name it, I save it. You just never know when you’ll need it. But – not in a hoarder kinda way. I have no sentimental connection to anything. I just *like* to keep as much money in my pocket as possible by keeping very little from hitting the curbside.

So, when I was hating on the trash can frame I built for my Hide & Seek Garbage project it was easy to grab some cardboard and wallpaper and pretty her right up. I didn’t have to look far for a pull knob since I have about 40 of them to choose from.

Wasted Cabinet Space

And it’s no surprise I had just the perfect thing for maximizing the 6″ dead space next to the trash can. {Remembering where I put that perfect thing was, however, a bit more challenging.}

Now, I can’t take credit for this one. Somewhere in cyberspace someone came up with this handy solution and I’m sure it’s been copied eleventeen thousand times over already. But – that’s how I knew it was foolproof and precisely why I didn’t pitch this small aluminum tube thingy (I think this might have come from one of those over the door shoe racks but don’t hold me to it) since it would definitely come in handy someday.

And people someday was today. I grabbed two cafe hooks. Eyeballed ‘level’ and screwed them right into the side of the cabinet.

Aluminum Bar & Hooks

Note: Before you embark on this complex task, be sure to hold the hook’s shaft perpendicular to your cabinet, closing one eye and sticking out your tongue to achieve a precise measurement – ensuring the screw won’t come through on the other side. This is a VERY important step so do not neglect it or you’ll be sorry!

I closed my right eye and totally overlooked the  shelf rough-in from earlier. {Win. Win.} Then I butt-scooted over to the cabinet under the sink and blindly pulled out a few bottles, reverse scooted back to hang them up and call this project…

Cabinet Organized COMPLETE!

Ok, truth time. I was slightly annoyed with the two-toned metal and momentarily debated spray painting something but opted to throw caution to the wind and wing it. (If, as a result of my blatant flippancy, the world comes to a screeching halt please know I am sorry!)

Now, I know there weren’t very many pretty pictures and this wasn’t an earth shattering DIY tutorial.

The real lesson here folks is to practice what I preach. Make sure that your dives start with your own dumpster. Make treasures from your own trash!

Now it’s your turn. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever forbidden someone in your house to pitch? Did you use it for something? If so – what??? I seriously wanna know (that I’m not alone).

9 thoughts on “DIY Dumpster Dive

  1. I had a big battle with my son and my nephew who were cleaning out the garage (and all around the yard, too). Here is a post that tells the story. Love your blog and your philosophy of reusing… I'm always keeping craft stuff, too. Take care, hope you link up again on Thursday for my What to Do Weekends. You're the best. Linda

    • Hey Linda, your link didn't come through! There have been times I've tossed something only to absolutely NEED it for a project a week later. I wonder what the fine line between being resourceful & hoarding is… :) I'm heading over to link up my latest project (and look for your post). Have a good weekend!

  2. Currently my necklaces are haphazardly hung on the over the door shoe wrack and my spatulas are in a vase too! Did you see the sneak peek for where my utensils are? You gotta tweet me a pic of your canister…

  3. Emma (Broke Ass Home) & I have done this as well…. it is an awesome trick!

    Other little things I've repurposed: I lso use an over the door towel rack to organize all my necklaces (no tangles!), a glass vase for my kitchen utensils, & a canister set to hide all my chargers/cords. :)

  4. Well, you'll be happy to know this is the first time I've seen this particular piece of brilliance. My only lament is that I do not have a place to use it. I also love to keep things to use for some yet undiscovered purpose without the hoarder tendency. It's the frugal side of me. :)

    • Micki – I really thought I was going to use this with "S" hooks & soup cans to hold pens on the wall in my office. I'm hoping I come across another tube before I get around to that workspace. I've seen similar applications behind a stove to hang utensils too. I'm sure you can come up with something – just don't throw it out before you do!

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