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Where to Store your Full Garbage Bags

Garbage is simply a part of life, and garbage bags that are full are one of the smelliest parts of the home. Nevertheless, it's important to know where to store your smelly garbage bags in order to prevent foul odors from invading your home, keep your home safe from natural predators, and keep your home looking clean and fresh until it's time for the garbage company to pick up your trash. 

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There are various areas to store your garbage bags, including in your personal trash bin, within your garage or basement, or in an inconspicuous area outside your home such as the alleyway or side of your home. However, if you have natural predators around your home, storing your garbage bags indoors is the best bet. You can also invest in trash compacting materials to help reduce the need to constantly throw trash outdoors or indoors.

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Should I Store Trash Indoors or Outdoors?

A full wheelie bin with rubbish bags overflowing onto the pavement.

As a homeowner, you have the option of storing your trash indoors or outdoors. However, it's never a good idea to leave trash strewn around in your yard. Not only is this unsightly, it can also be a health hazard and might even get you in trouble with the housing authority, or HOA.

Getting in trouble with the HOA could mean dirty stares, but it can also lead to hefty fines that make it impossible to enjoy your home. As such, it's not a good idea to store trash outside if your HOA will have a problem with this.

In addition, it's never good to store trash outdoors if your area is prone to bears. Bears invading trash is actually a serious problem, and one you should consider to be a threat to your property and home. There are bear-resistant bags you can purchase to stay safe, but the best bet will be to simply store your trash indoors to protect it from predators. 

When in doubt, it’s always a good idea to leave your trash inside your home until pick-up day rolls around. If you have no garage or basement to leave your trash, consider using other tools such as fragranced bags like these on Amazon to help reduce the smell until trash day. 


Tips to Compact Your Trash until Trash Day 

Throw the garbage bag into the trash can

One of the best ways to store your trash until pick-up day is to keep it compact within your trash can. To do so:

  • Purchase a trash can that is designed to compact trash, such as this compacting trash can on Amazon.  This can help save you a trip to your main trash, as well as help you store more while trash day comes around. Keep in mind that compacted trash is heavier, so you will need to use more power to take it to the main trash come pick-up day.

  • Use draw-string trash bags that can be used as a DIY compactor. Simply pull the strings over your garbage bag to help compact the trash using the force of the strings pressing down.
  • Do the tapping trick, all you have to do is take the trash can and slam it down forcefully onto the ground, being careful not to break its contents. This forceful motion downward forces all the loose trash on the top of the trash to find its way to the bottom, allowing you to store more trash.
  • BONUS TIP: If your main concern is the smell of rotting food, keep food that is potentially expiring in the fridge until pickup day. For instance, if that milk is about to expire, leave it in the fridge to slow down the process and prevent the smell of spoiled milk filling up your kitchen. Simply take it out the fridge on trash day.

Best Places to Keep Trash In the Kitchen

Interior of a modern kitchen with garbage bins and food items on shelf

Some of the best places to keep trash inside the kitchen include:

  • Under the sink or other unused cabinets
  • Inside of the broom closet, which is a smaller area to store your broom and other cleaning supplies
  • Inside of a pull-out drawer. You can also buy these online, such as this set of pull-out trash cans on Amazon, if you do not have a built-in pull-out trash drawer in your home. 

Best Places to Keep Trash Indoors

If you want the trash to be out of your kitchen, some of the best places to keep your full trash bags include:

  • Inside of your garage, since it is away from the rest of the home
  • Inside of your basement, since this will not be used by guests. This is better than an attic, since you don’t want to be hauling trash upstairs.
  • Inside of your laundry room or a mud room if you have one.

Best Places to Keep Trash Outdoors

Gray and green garbage cans overfilled with domestic refuse

Before you leave your trash outside, it’s important to remember that it’s perfectly legal for someone to dumpster dive if your trash is located on a public street, since there is no expectation of privacy. Even if it is illegal in your area, an intruder might still look through your trash in order to find personal information that can help them steal your information.

This trash can on Amazon can help protect your trash against thieves, as well as pests, if you’re throwing away sensitive documents. You can also outfit your trash can with straps designed to lock your lid in place.

If you still want to store your trash outdoors, some great places include:

  • A closed shed that locks
  • The community trash bin in your residents, which should come with a lock
  • In an adjacent alleyway
  • Any well-lit area, which can help discourage both predators and intruders from accessing your trash

Final Thoughts

Woman throwing garbage bag into bin at home, closeup

It might seem like a simple thing to find where to place your full trash bags. However, this is far from the case, since trash can introduce wild animals and even thieves who want to steal your private information. Your best bet will be to use the tips above to compact your trash and store it safely within your home. For trash outdoors, use the materials in this list to keep yout trash safe from pests and intruders, and store it in the best areas where it will remain protected.