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Tall laundry hampers are about half the price of kitchen size trash cans. You can get them for as little as $5 at Deals!, Family Dollar, and Dollar General and they hold a kitchen size trash bag nicely. You can use it on laundry day for clothes and the rest of the time for a trash can.
By mrslinkous from KC
Pop open hampers are great for other things besides clothes. I love those new pop-open hampers that have a spring metal frame and nylon mesh construction. Each of our kids has one, each in a different color, and they know to put their dirty clothes in them.
I bought another and took it on a recent trip in the mini van. We used it in the room as a catch all and later put our dirty clothes in it for the trip home. They also would hold toys, bath toys, and pool toys. I'm sure you could come up with more ideas.
Our Ace Hardware has them on sale for just $2 bucks each, but even the regular price at Wal-Mart isn't bad. They fold up totally flat so they don't take up much space at all when not in use.