We all have a love-hate relationship with trash cans. We need them to dispose of trash, but they tend to be a bit of an eyesore. Especially if you’re selling your house, you don’t want to leave your rubbish exposed.

You probably do not give much thought to your garbage cans, other than remembering to put them out on the right day. Outdoor trash cans serve a functional purpose but often take away from the curb appeal of the home. Decorative methods of hiding the trash cans keep your landscape looking nice while still allowing the trash to stay in the yard. We all have to store our trash and recycling bins somewhere, and doing so can be a challenge on a smaller property, especially if you don’t want them to be an eyesore. Fortunately, there are strategic ways to hide them that are still convenient to use, but absent from plain view.

Here are some creative ways to hide your garbage cans:

1. Wooden Shed:

Keep the stench from your outdoor trash bins at bay by tucking them inside an enclosed wooden trash shed. The look and smell are much more appealing than stacked up containers overflowing with garbage.

2. Make It A Part Of The Garden:

You can blend your cans into their surroundings seamlessly if you create planted walls next to them, and a “living roof” over them. Use small container plants mounted to a fence for the walls, and put either real (or fake) grass on a solid roof over the cans.  Or just surround them with tall shrubs in beautiful ceramic pots. The lush, green options are endless.

3. Lattice or Trellis:

A decorative barrier will both enhance your outdoor space and hide your trash can from sight. These barriers are easy to assemble and you can use any pattern that you like. Choose a height and width for your lattice, fencing, or trellis so you can still retain easy access to your hidden trash can. Spruce up the look with ivy, vines, and perennials to really camouflage your trash can.

4. Use a Privacy Screen:

For your outdoor row of trash bins, keep things classy and stick them behind a screen. Simply tuck your bins against the side of your house, and wrap a big privacy screen around them. This works best if the ground is level. You can attach one end to a wall or post for stability.

5. Outdoor Storage Container or Enclosure:

A storage enclosure will allow you to make your trash can neatly blend into the design of your outdoor space. You can build one yourself with brick, stone, cement, wood, or other materials. In addition to an attractive new trash can enclosure, it can also be a fun DIY project.

Although garbage cans can be a bit unsightly, they don’t have to be an eyesore. Use creative hiding strategies to prevent trash from interfering with the harmony of your indoor or outdoor space.