How to Properly Store & Dispose of Paint – #TossItTuesday

Uh… old paint… piles of old paint.
What is this and why am I hoarding it? This one’s gone bad. This one’s gone very
bad. Mayo teal… oh, this was such a nice color. Do you see that? Do you see how
nice that color is? Look. Such a great color teal. Mayo teal cw 570. Great color,
great color. And, what do we have here? We have… hmm… an adjusted formula… that’s not helpful. We actually don’t know what this specific color is anymore. Good thing that that project’s done. It’s understandably common
why we want to hold on to our old paint. I mean, we might need it for a touch-up
on our wall or to use on a future project at some point. However, paint
doesn’t last forever and I really hate to break it to you… but if you painted
your walls several years ago chances are that the colors not going to
match anymore because over time the color on our walls actually shifts and
fades a little bit just due to environmental conditions and aging. It’s
a totally normal thing that happens. While paint can have a really long shelf
life before it’s ever been opened, once we open it and we start to use it and
depending on how we store it it can actually go bad more quickly and more
easily. For example, if you’re taking it and storing it in a location that has
extreme temperature variations like a shed or an attic, or possibly even your
garage if there’s a really big temperature swing, it can actually go bad
really easily because it can separate or just dry out and harden and then it’s no
good at all anymore. Paint needs to be stored in a cool dark
place like your basement or even just a regular closet. I like to actually neaten
up my paint stash and reduce its storage footprint by transferring it from a can
like this once it’s been opened into a container like this or a glass jar. It has a
nice screw top so it’s really easy to get in and out of when I want to do a
touch-up… just makes it so much easier. And, then all I do is I write the brand
name, the color name, and the color number. You also want to make sure that you
write the name of the room that you use the color in, especially if you’re using
varying shades of one color throughout your
house… like varying shades of gray or varying shades of white… you want to know
exactly which room that color goes to. But anyway, that’s enough about saving it
let’s talk about how we can get rid of it when we no longer want it and need it,
to remove that clutter from our home. So, if you have a good amount of paint left
and it’s still in usable condition, you can actually tried donating it. You can
take it to a church, a community organization, a high school theatre
department, or community theater department… they’re always looking for paint
to be able to paint the sets and props and all of that stuff. So, there’s some
really good options to actually still put the paint to use even if you no
longer need it and want it. Now, if you just want to trash it or it’s no good
anymore, you can actually throw latex paint in the trash. However, you can’t
throw it in the trash straight out. You actually have to take a couple steps
first. So, you can either get a paint hardener at the hardware store, which
will help you just dry out the paint so you can throw it away… or you can mix
equal parts cat litter and paint. You put it in place where you can leave it open
and it’s safe… so there’s no pets or kids that can get into it… and you just
let it dry out. Once it’s dried out, you can throw it in the trash and that’s it.
Now, if you have a can that just has a teeny tiny little bit at the bottom, just pop
the lid off… again set it in a safe place and then just let it air dry. It’ll dry
out on its own and you can throw it away. You never want to throw liquid paint
directly into the trash because it can seep out of the container and then into
the groundwater, which is no good. We do not want that to happen.
Now, if you have oil-based paint you have to take it to community recycling center
or one of those space disposal events because they will actually take it and
properly dispose of it. You cannot throw out oil-based paint. Also, I actually
still take my latex paint to those places because it’s just so much easier.
I don’t want to deal with kitty litter and drying things out and all that stuff.
I’d rather take it somewhere where they can properly recycle it or dispose of it. It
makes it so much easier. And, you can find one of these places to drop off paint
just by doing a simple google search in your area. But, that’s it! Super easy, right?
So, on this Toss It Tuesday, go look in that closet, or in your basement, or
even your garage, and pull out that old paint, the stuff that you no longer need
or no longer want to use… take it to a place to donate it or to recycle it. Get
that clutter out of your home. I hope that you enjoyed this video today and
that you found it to be inspiring, as well as educational. If you did, please do
me a favor and click it, share it and subscribe. Thanks so much for watching.
I’ll see you soon.


  • Magnolia Emporium

    Donating to local artists for murals is also a good option! 😄

  • Clean My Space

    Great video Jeffrey!

  • Cass Henry

    I LOVE this lol. I'm laughing so hard because, as a professional organizer myself, I can see every client acting the same way as you did in regards to the "mayo teal". You have great videos here Jeffrey! You need to expand your reach so more people can enjoy your presence, tips and enthusiasm!!


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