HEFTY – and I’m talkin’ trash!

HEFTY – and I’m talkin’ trash!…

When my husband Barry and I put in an offer to purchase our “retirement” home a bit over 4 years ago, we knew we’d need a new kitchen with some major renovations. We almost thought it was too much work to renovate a home at our stage of life with our four adult children, their spouses and, at that time, 9 grandkids… but the home came with a large yard and a magnificent view in a lovely New England town and we felt we could deal with the rest.

We’ve grown to 11 grandkids in that space of time and we’re expecting our 12th grandbaby in May — 4 girls, 8 boys, and it was the best decision. Here’s a recent sunset…


It took us 3 years to figure out the whats, wheres, and hows of our new kitchen, but we knew all along that we wanted to combine a back enclosed porch area and the small main kitchen in the middle with a front-facing enclosed sun room — opened front-to-back. Barry and I knew that our large family needed space in the kitchen, where we all know that everyone gathers. We knew that the kitchen is the hub, and the hub is what we planned for.

We worked with a respected kitchen design company in our town, Riley Kitchen & Bath, and specifically with designer Norman E. Soares. We discussed every single, tiny, teeny, minute kitchen detail with Norman.

Then, one afternoon, Norman started talkin’ trash.

As in built-in trash container drawers. 

It’s difficult to believe that two adults who’ve made it to almost 12 grandkids have never given this trash thing a second thought because we’d always had a trash thing in our kitchen, but here Barry and I were talkin’ trash with Norman; specifically about built-in trash container drawers. We’ve always emptied our trash and recyclables often and the thought of having our trash stored inside a cabinet somewhere just kind of skeeved me out a bit — the odors, the over-fill possibilities with the grandkids, the squashing trash in and then squashing the drawer shut?

We know lots of people who handle trash this way, but us?



Norman talked us into this newfangled idea for us, and not only that, but to have LARGE containers.


Turns out, the best decision ever.

We finished our renovations this past November, right before Thanksgiving, so this trash talkin’ thing was christening-by-fire for the holidays…


But TRASH & RECYCLABLES was amazingly easy and clean and odor-free and all that good stuff, and I’m gonna tell you why —- HEFTY

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We use Hefty Blackout Odor Block for trash and Hefty Easy Flaps for Recycling. We simply tie the drawstring trash bags for quick disposal into our outdoor garbage receptacles, and empty the contents of the easy flap bags into our recycling bins and use the bag again for additional clean-up around our home…

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… and we are left with spotless trash and recycle bins!

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And as retired teachers with so many grandkids in school, Barry and I are very excited about the Box Tops for Education cut-outs available on the Hefty boxes.

It’s a win-win-win-win.

Spotless, odorless, hidden trash & recycle bins and Box Tops for Education.

HEFTY – I’m talkin’ trash and enjoying every moment of our spotless new kitchen!

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Thanks, Norman, for the little push in the right direction.

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Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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  1. 1.12.16
    Kris said:

    What a beautiful kitchen! I may have to start talking trash with my hubby..love the idea!

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