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?