A while back the cousins and the outlaws* got into a discussion about the Junk Drawer. It seems each of us cousins --and all the aunts and uncles-- have a junk drawer in our kitchens full of the ubiquitous nonsense that only a junk drawer can hold. Scott, my cousin Jane's husband and unofficial president of the O'Neill Outlaw Association, insisted that junk drawers are a useless waste of space. The cousins dissented, arguing that without a junk drawer where would you store things that otherwise have no home. For example, where do you store extra twist ties, rubber bands, and matches? How about krazy glue, a ruler, or doggie poop bags?
I know exactly what's in our junk drawer without even having to look: mostly pens that I never use and sharpies that I do use, interchangable screwdriver, scissors, battery charger, rechargeable batteries in unknown state of charge, binder clips, string, and tape (Scotch and washi). I made that list from memory! Here's the full monty:
I'm sure the organization bloggers either fainted or got really excited upon seeing the above photo of my (too) small junk drawer. Sorry, there's no fancy after photos in this post, but I'm sure Jen at iheartorganizing can provide lots of sexy photos of organized drawers. Or the Container Store. My gawd! I love that place!
My sister Betsy has two junk drawers: one for junk and one for manuals to every appliance they have in their house. The manuals drawer, she says, is the best way to store manuals because they come in weird sizes and would be impossible to find if filed away in a box somewhere.
Side note: I think the best place for manuals is in the recycling bin after you've downloaded the digital version and stored it on Dropbox.
Side note: I have many hard copy manuals filed away in a filing cabinet (clearly, I don't follow my own advice). The only ones I have ever referred to are:
- Washing machine --for maintenance procedure
- Sewing machine --for different sewing techniques and procedures (because I never remember how to sew buttons and zippers and which foot I'm supposed to use)
- Arm's Reach Cosleeper --because that is a bitch to set up unless you do every step in just the right order.
My mother also has two junk drawers --downsized from a massive junk drawer (top drawer of her buffet) and a junk cabinet (complete with phone books! Who uses phone books anymore?).
What do you have in your junk drawer and do you clean it out or organize it regularly? What's the weirdest item you've discovered in your junk drawer and what did you do with it?
*Outlaw culture is a real thing in my family. You are either blood related or an outlaw (in-law).