GO! Challenge #21: Pieces of Trash

Trash is clutter. I find trash in almost every space.

Everybody knows that trash should be thrown away. Funny thing is, I find trash in almost every space. Somehow it manages to work its way into drawers, onto surfaces, and throughout our bags, briefcases, and purses. It is also a common stow-away in pockets, in car doors, on the floor, behind the desk, in a teenager’s room, and under the bed.

Today’s task is to find and throw away or recycle 21 pieces of trash. You may have to dig around a bit, but I suspect you may find:

  • Old/used Kleenex
  • Scraps of paper
  • Ticket stubs
  • Candy/snack wrappers
  • Used plastic utensils
  • Milk cartons
  • Bent nails, staples, or paperclips
  • Empty packaging
  • Empty juice boxes
  • Beverage cans
  • Used coffee stirrers
  • Empty rolls of tape
  • Dried up glue sticks
  • Empty cups
  • Crumpled papers
  • Over-stretched rubber bands or hair bands
  • Cardboard
  • Empty bottles
  • Old contact lenses
  • Dated newspapers
  • Advertisements
  • Empty food containers
  • Bottle caps
  • Old batteries
  • Used printer cartridges
  • Empty matchboxes
  • Bits of string
  • Old fortune cookie fortunes
  • Broken shoelaces
  • Cigarette butts
  • Used paper plates
  • Pizza boxes
  • Old phone books
  • Silicon freshness packets (e.g. from new shoes)
  • Banana peels
  • Receipts you no longer need (Keep any required for tax or insurance purposes.)

If you live in your car or work at a desk all day, you may get lucky and find all 21 in one place! This is a fun challenge because you won’t be struggling with guilt or sentimentality. Pretty much everything here should go into the recycle bin or the trash can.

Think you can find trash lying around? Be sure to share some of your funny discoveries!

11 thoughts on “GO! Challenge #21: Pieces of Trash”

    1. I remember my girls doodling all the time and finding their creations all over the place. The car was also a rich source of trash… to the point where I dreaded to put my hand down into the door pocket for fear of what I might discover:)

  1. Thank you for doing this one! I am going to share it with my kids. This was my issue with my parents growing up too. So, when I moved into my own house, I bought a trash can for every room. This helped keep the trash to a minimum. My kids have two trash cans. Originally one was for paper recycling, but now it has become another trashcan. One is near their desk and the other is near their bed. It works for them. =)
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    1. This is such a simple suggestion, but so powerful! Putting a trash can in every room facilitates the right habit. Thanks for sharing this, Sabrina!

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