I try my best to repair everything I have that can be repaired (just today: slippers, sweater, jacket, vintage dress, bathrobe, pants) but sometimes it's not always possible. For example, when something has either broken beyond fixing or has outlived its usefulness. When I moved to Washington Heights a few years back, Chad and I decided to toss a waste can that was broken at the bottom. To replace it, we both got little trash cans from IKEA for our new places. The Knodd was the right price at $25 and the right size, and the design was totally cute, for trash storage especially. I've been using this can ever since and it's held up pretty nicely (a few dings here and there and some rusting on the underside of the lid, but nothing terrible).
However, now that I'm in Brooklyn and living in a building with Very Specific Rules about how things should be thrown away and recycled, it's become necessary to rethink the trash. For one, Andrew and I have to put our recycling in clear bags and these bags are fairly large, meaning that we don't take the recycling down very often, so longer-term, in-apartment storage is a factor. And then there was the hassle of having a low trash can with the dogs in the house. They're usually pretty good about it, but when Andrew's making dinner and has the trash can top off so he can toss stuff in at intervals, it's hard for them to resist sticking their little noses in there. So we decided it was time to get a better trash can, one that would be taller and have some kind of pinion for the bag to keep it from slipping. The IKEA can would then become the recycling can, and this would be a good thing, because our recycling was literally sitting on the floor in the bag. We don't have any bug problem in the apartment that we know of, but it seemed like we were courting disaster with keeping semi-rinsed recyclables in such an accessible place.
In researching trash cans, I fell in love with the SimpleHuman cans, but ruled them out after looking at the prices. Then I saw the OXO Good Grips can in red/stainless. OMG. My heart skipped a beat (literally, I sometimes have premature ventricular contractions).
Awesome, life-affirming color? Check. Great design? Check. At the Amazon price, we could afford it, so we made the investment and couldn't be happier. If loving my trash can is wrong, I don't want to be right.