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What’s in Your Junk Drawer?


Since we’re leaving next weekend, I finally got around to pulling out some boxes this last weekend and packing some of the things out of this apartment that we’re taking with us.

Jasper immediately wanted to know if he was going with us. He then proceeded to beat up the box. There is no kitty toy on earth that brings as much happiness as an empty cardboard box.

Packing so far has gone something like this:

Tape box together. Place box on floor. Pull a few things out of the cabinet in the kitchen. Remove cat from box.

Wrap bowl and place in box. Wrap another bowl. Put bowl down and remove cat from box. Put bowl in box.

Wrap two more bowls, remove cat, place bowl, remove cat, wrap, toss handful of paper on floor to distract cat.

Give up and build another box for the cat.

After two cabinets, I turned to the darkest recesses of the kitchen. This area should probably have crime scene tape to keep away unsuspecting innocent strangers from the horrors that is… the junk drawer. Everyone has one, right? Tell me I’m right.

Anywhere I live a junk drawer sprouts up in the kitchen and bathroom and quickly takes over not only the drawer, but the surrounding cabinets. I try so hard to keep it organized, but junk defies that sort of thing.

What’s in my junk drawer? junk drawer, kitchen

Everything from emmory boards to scissors to no less than four (4!) rolls of tape to various bits of unidentified receipts and paper to hairball remedy to a coin purse that miraculously survived 10 years of work, then two years of oblivion in the desk I used to use, until it found it’s way to my junk drawer. Oh, there’s also plastic utensils from take out places, a couple of menus, pens, thumb tacks, and one pack of ancient gum.

There’s also this thing:





What the heck is this?





Seriously, do you know? Should I pack it, in case it’s some super important piece off some gadget that I’ve yet to discover? Do I toss it, knowing I’ll likely never know what it is and it’ll just haunt me from place to place?

What’s in your junk drawer? What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever found while moving?

10 comments on… “What’s in Your Junk Drawer?”

  1. I think people who don’t have junk drawers are weird! Just sayin. Never been so organized that I didn’t have one – or in lieu of a dedicated drawer a box that collected all the misc. things that never seem to have a home.

    • I agree! A home without a junk drawer is just not a home 😉 I tried to organize my junk drawer once. That never works either lol

    • huh, it might be! Except I don’t have a Britta pitcher and this seems too small. Maybe it was a water bottle? hmmm. Probably safe to throw away then I would think.

  2. Maybe you make a box for things like that that you aren’t sure of and if you don’t figure it out within a given time period you toss it. I don’t see the point in keeping things around that aren’t getting used. Of course, you’ll need it as soon as it’s gone. 😉 Like Nora, I think it looks like some sort of filter. And I agree with Lisa, there is something wrong with people who don’t have junk drawers. A serious disorder that will drive them and the people around them crazy with nitpicking and cleanliness. LOL.

  3. I know I’m supposed to talk about junk drawers, but I’m grinning too much over your cat-in-the-box. Any attempts to pack (or unpack groceries for that matter since I have canvas grocery bags that the cats are always trying to crawl in to) are interrupted by cats in my house. And they’re just so cute, how can you turn them away? 🙂 I hope Jasper travels better than mine do. Emma is a great traveler, but Chance gets car sick and Chai cries like a dying child the whole way.

    • Jasper is definitely NOT a fan of car travel. Really not looking forward to that. I do have some kitty calm pills for him that helped a lot last time, but the first couple of hours are painful for all of us. First…he pees. So we have to stop about 10 min after we start to clean him and his carrier up lol. Then he launches into a rousing chorus of meows which can continue for 12 straight hours lol. Hopefully though, the kitty calm stuff will get him good and stoned 😉

  4. So delighted to read this blog as I’ve always felt really guilty about the large and very wide junk drawer I can never manage to clear out.This Chinese proverb always looms like a large speech bubble in front of my right eye;- “Happy is the man who has nothing.” Glad you lot all think it’s perfectly normal. Maybe that thought will finally help me to part with the waxing pot, free samples and hair products that never suited my scalp. After laughing at the comments here, I feel less resistant and ready to free myself up. Thanks Girls!

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