First, a tour of the kitchen, so any helpers can understand the set up. The kitchen is small by most people's standards. I think it's fine (as far as it is functional), but a spot for a recycling container is the one thing I just can't seem to figure out. The only lower cupboard space is either under the sink, or the single cupboard next to those (which is currently full of all our pots/pans). I should also say that neither myself nor Sam are giants... the tallest between us stands about 5'3.5" which makes utilizing upper cupboard space a bit of a challenge. Forewarning: please forgive the mess in the kitchen, but I took the photos last night after dinner before cleaning up.
So, here we go. This is the view walking into the kitchen...
|That's the trash back there under the window, and to the right is a small set of stairs leading outside.|
I would consider installing a sliding drawer for such use in the lower area between the stove and the bottom cupboards under the sink. Unfortunately, it's a solid wall there and part of the house structure, so that isn't a possibility. I have also considered under the sink, but the reality is that it is already quite full with dog food bowls, cleaning materials, trash bags, dish soap, etc., and as already mentioned, the other cupboard contains all our pots and pans.
The only solution I seem to be able to come up with is to put a smaller recycling can next to the trash. The problem I see with this is that the area is a major traffic flow area, and I was already pushing things putting a trash can here. I'm wondering if another receptacle here is only going to cause problems? Is anyone else in a similar situation and found a viable solution, or does anyone out there have any ideas for us?