Out of all my household chores, taking out the garbage is my least favorite. My roommate and I put it off until it’s absolutely necessary, crushing down our boxes and trash until the smelly bag is almost too heavy to handle. Heaven help us when the bag slips from the trashcan's lip, letting the contents fall to the bottom of our can—the smell lasts for days. From there, we hold our breath and rush the garbage down five flights of stairs, praying the cheap plastic doesn’t slip open. (Surprise! It always opens!)
Our, um, “method” definitely has room for improvement. Which is where this Earth Angel comes in. Meet Max McDonough, Food52’s Office Coordinator, and the man who volunteered to teach me a better way.
Every day, Max empties our office's 30-gallon trashcan about eight times. Eight times. So, you could say he’s a seasoned pro. And according to him, the key to keeping things clean: a simple knot to keep bags from slipping.
Here’s how he does it:
Grab opposite sides of the trash bag.
Fill the bag with air. (Max recommends exaggerated arm motions, or using the help of an air conditioner in the summer.)
Cover two corners of the trash can with the bag and pull taut.
With the other corners of the bag, tie a simple, loose knot.
Pull the knotted side over the other end of the trash can; then tighten or loosen to fit the lid.
Yep! It’s that simple! My roommate and I are still filling up our poorly (i.e. loosely) bagged trashcan at home, but I'm planning on giving Max's method a try ASAP.
Thanks, Max! Already life feels a little less messy.