Wouldn’t you think that if car manufacturers can perfect self-driving cars, they could also come up with a way to conquer the car trash problem?

I’ve always thought that a built-in trash compactor would be great. Or even better, some kind of incinerator that sucks the accumulation of trash and garbage right out of the car and into a holding tank somewhere that magically converts it into purified drinking water. Or gasoline.

While waiting for that kind of invention to appear, I’ve been in search of the perfect car trash receptacle. I’ve tried plastic bags, plastic tubs and every kind of frugal trick and tip you can imagine to handle the annoyance of car trash. Nothing has ever proven satisfactory. Until now. I am so excited to tell you that finally, I have found a car trash can that works.  


Best car trash can. The Car Trash Can by Freddie and Sebbie is extra large and perfectly designed to fit most vehicles. It has four solid sidewalls that do not collapse and a lid. It is leakproof, sturdy and doesn’t tip over because it has gripper strips that grab onto carpet.

If I sound giddy about this discovery, that’s because I am. Giddy with joy that finally I’ve found the  perfect car trash can that will work just fine until someone invents the kind of compactor or incinerator I described above. This is the trash can every family vehicle needs to keep the car clean, tidy and litter free. 

After using my cool trash can for a few weeks, I turned around and bought a second one for a gift—quite possibly the best gift ever, too.

Best tea steeper. Recently, I toured the Celestial Seasonings Factory in Boulder, Colo. What an amazing opportunity to learn the ins and outs of herbs and teas. To brew tea properly you need a steeper. This Adagio ingenuiTEA Bottom-Dispending Teapot infuser/steeper is just the best ever. If you’re into tea, this is the steeper you’re looking for. Check it out and you’ll see what I mean.

Best mechanical pencil. There’s nothing quite like a perfectly sharpened pencil, and nothing so annoying as having to continually find a way to keep it that way. That’s why I’m partial to a mechanical pencil. And you just cannot beat this Uni-Ball KuruToga mechanical pencil for the price (under $5). This starter set includes the pencil and a supply of diamond infused lead, which is much stronger than typical pencil lead.

Best basic sewing kit. Every home needs a starter sewing kit and I’m talking about one that has full-sized items, not itty bitty fold up scissors and teensy pins and needles. You won’t find a better kit at a finer pricer than this Dritz Start-to-Sew Kit. And don’t be put off by the “starter” tone of this kit. It contains full-sized sewing tools for every level of hand-sewer, for under $10—all in a handy storage case.

Best LED lantern. Can you even image in a lantern that lasts for 30-days and runs on 3 D cell batteries? It’s true. This UST 30-Day Lantern is also water and impact resistant and has four modes: high, medium, low and SOS flashing. 

These are a few of my favorite things. What would you add to the list?