I've been doing well since I signed up for this on the 3rd. Interesting how my first instinct is to focus on what I can buy to make my tasks easier, more efficient... instead of making new habits with whatever I have on hand (cardboard boxes, etc).
I've tweaked the details of my new habit as follows:
** kitchen garbage: empty as regularly as needed to avoid smells and definitely before the lid rests on top of the mounded garbage threatening to spill out on the floor (I'm not worried about doing this every day -- we have a medium sized can that holds more than a day's worth and it works well for us -- so I'm returning the inside-the-cabinet one I just bought since I decided that changing it regularly is more important than changing it every day for no other reason)
** kitchen recycling: I have a grocery store plastic box now under the kitchen sink to collect the rinsed refundables and recyclables (not sorted) which I now take to the garage once the box is full to sort into the two separate bags there. The main issue here is not to let any of these collect on the counter or to have the blue recycling bags on the kitchen floor when they're not quite full but too big to fit under the sink. I did buy and install two new bag holders (create some space. com) on the garage wall which are fantastic and really help by using the wall space instead of the floor space.
** kitchen compost: I now have two separate collection types -- wet (the things that will go moldy if left too long) and the dry (mostly boxboard and dry napkins/ paper towels) and will figure out how best to collect these separately as I go on. For now, there's a cardboard tray box holding the dry stuff and a food box collecting the wet -- which like the garbage will go out as needed (before it's overflowing) to avoid kitchen smells and also there won't be compost items left around on the counter for days.
So with these goals in mind -- I've been doing really well. I think it's already making a noticeable difference in the kitchen (we used to have milk cartons waiting on the counter to be rinsed and sorted, for example). I used to always note that once the dishwasher was filled and the recycling/garbage/compost was taken care of, there really was very little left on the counters. So for this month I'm focusing on the recycling/garbage/compost though I'm doing the non-dishwasher dishes regularly as well.