No more running back and forth to the garbage can.

By Maya Gandara
Updated January 16, 2020
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If one of your New Year's resolutions was to cook more, another should be to spend less time cleaning up afterwards. No one wants to get stuck wiping up vegetable peels or sweeping onion skins off the floor when your body just wants to collapse on the sofa after a meal. And if you have a rather small kitchen, the mess can get overwhelming during the process of cooking as well. Luckily, there are storage solutions that can make small spaces a little more manageable.

KitchenArt’s Scrap Trap attaches right onto your countertop or over drawers or cabinet doors, making it easy to save counter space and sweep away the aftermath of your chopping without constantly running to the garbage can. With a dual scraper and brush that sits in the Scrap Trap’s pocket when not at work, keeping your hands clean is that much more convenient. In it for the long haul, this gadget is made of sturdy plastic that won’t crack or break on you, and it can hold up to 2 quarts of food at a time. Once it’s full, simply unhook the device and throw the scraps away.

Credit: Courtesy of Amazon

To buy: $18; amazon.com

While the Scrap Trap is perfect for holding food excess, you can sweep just about anything into it for later disposal. “I bought it thinking I would only scrape scraps from chopping food into it, but I also use it for a stove-side trash can for butter wrappers, twisty ties, and other things that would just end up on the counter until I carried it all to the pantry garbage can,” said one Amazon reviewer.

With its sleek, minimalist design, bumping into the trap or worrying it will take up room in your kitchen shouldn’t be a concern. But it still has enough space to hold all your garbage. As another customer said, “It's roomy, so it holds lots of cooking scraps, packaging, zip tops—loads of room to hold, and takes up ZERO counter space!”

Washing the Scrap Trap once you’re finished using it is also very easy. Simply wipe it down in your sink, or even place into your dishwasher to let it do the work (it’s all about cutting down on the clean-up!). At just under $20 on Amazon, adding this kitchen helper to your life will be well worth the difference it will make in your daily routine.