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What’s in your junk drawer?

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I have a kitchen drawer that’s a “catch-all”.

OK, OK some people may refer to it as a junk drawer, but we prefer to think of it as “miscellaneous storage”.

(Apropos of nothing, as I was pondering what to write, I discovered a guy who photographs junk drawers and medicine cabinets and a Flickr junk drawer group. Who knew?)

While there doesn’t appear to be any rhyme or reason to what’s in our junk drawer at first glance, the inventory has actually been cultivated over the years, and we know what is supposed to live there. Here it is:

We’ll probably never be those people with the meticulously divided junk drawer. It actually needs straightening at the moment, and we do clean it out from time to time. But I’d be lying if I said it didn’t usually look like this.

We keep things in there that we use intermittently,  things we don’t want to lose track of, and things simply may need “sometime”.  Yes, I do know this violates all manners of organizational principles, but I’m just putting the good, the bad and the ugly of disorder out there for you.

Actually, it’s kind of like a treasure hunt and a time capsule all in one!

I may try to make better sense of this area someday, but for now, here’s 5 things in our junk drawer:

1. Conference badge lanyards - I keep those in there because the kids have to have IDs for school, and trading lanyards is big business there.

2. Vintage postcards - I found some vintage postcards at my dad’s house. He doesn’t need them, and I don’t have a “vintage postcard drawer” and I don’t want to lose them, so there ya go.

3. A bag of safety pins - Self-explanatory.  Many moons ago, people kept safety pins in their sewing baskets. I have no sewing basket. But, I do have a “miscellaneous storage” drawer!

4. Birthday candles - This is just where they’ve always lived.

5. A telephone line splitter - If you come over, and say, “Hey, I need to split a land line connection in two, can you help”? I’m on it.

Do you have a junk drawer? Tell us 5 things in there. Are they useful or just orphaned?

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4 comments so far...

  • I’m embarrassed I have 4 (tiny) drawers like that. One is for pencils/pens/markers, scissors and gum. (I have no idea why gum ended up there, but it is where we store it.) The next one is for coupons/note pads. The third one is for various tools I use (my small hammer, nails for hanging pictures), sun screen, bug spray. The final drawer (closest to the outlet) has the charger for the phone, the camera battery, and then various things I grab to put in the diaper bag to keep kids entertained at restaurants or on trips.

    Tina  |  October 11th, 2011 at 7:48 am

  • The majority of my junk drawer is taken up with batteries. They are nicely organized because my sister-in-law gave me a cool battery organizer. There are also scissors, tape, glue, safety pins and the open-it (another cool think my sister-in-law gave me to open toy packaging). I’m sure there’s more but I’m not sure I could identify it!

    Laurie  |  October 13th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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    rdyretsd  |  October 13th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

  • Sadly we have limited drawer space so…the fork and knife drawer doubles as the junk drawer because it’s the biggest one and in the right place. It has Tape, pens, permanent markers, safety pins, a nightlight(i’m unsure how this got here, but it’s been there along time), and a tin of mints.

    Kris  |  October 14th, 2011 at 9:29 am

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