Feb 10, 2010

Please don't sic that 'Hoarders' show on me

Sometime, somewhere recently online, someone made reference to their junk drawer. Does everyone have a junk drawer in their kitchen? (I bet my friend Lisa doesn't.) (And Lisa, if you do, I bet it's not nearly as junky as everyone else's.)

I got to thinking, "You know, those poor people who read my blog don't know enough about the minutia of my everyday life. I OWE THEM MORE."

So I went in and opened up my junk drawer, and this is what I saw:

I know, right? Nothing to be ashamed of! Hardly anything in there.

I had to pull it all out to see what the heck was going on in there and why I can't ever find a box cutter to save my life. I knew there had to be one in there.

Six plate hangers, a tape measure, large metal hooks, two batteries, two paint can openers, matches, four types of super glue, water colors and assorted brushes, duct tape, a cable splitter and a paintbrush.


A stud finder, fake Ray-Bans from the '80s, three Sharpies, two Bic four-color pens, five screwdrivers, a hammer, and whaddya know? There are my EIGHT BOXCUTTERS. (I'd better put them back in on top.)

And there was more!

Two garage door openers, two paint scrapers and FOUR AIM-A-FLAMES. The grill is right outside the door beside the junk drawer, and clearly we must be prepared to make fire at all times. LOTS of fire.

The drawer was practically empty by the time I laid all that out. BUT NOT QUITE. There were a whole bunch of odds and ends left in there. More hooks, lots of screws and nails, an errant match or two, and lots of miscellaneous junk.

Good news! I was able to throw away about four items from the drawer! (I kid. Really it was more like 10.)

The entire concept of a junk drawer is really the antithesis of what I'm all about, or at least what I TRY to be all about. But it cannot be helped.


Lisa said...

How about a picture of what it looked like when you put it all back in, nice and organized? I have an office supply drawer and a drawer specifically for batteries that are a little messy. I keep all my tools in the laundry room cabinets.

Will said...

Oh, don't come empty my junk drawers ... yours looks like more of a Home Depot drawer! i'm still not convinced that was really a junk drawer ;)

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Lisa, I wasn't kidding. I just threw it all back in there. I'm thinking about putting a small tool box on the floor in the pantry to hold the miscellaneous tools, because I actually use those all the time.

Heather, yes, it houses many tools, but there was also a lot of junk in there! Don't worry; if I ever come to your house, I promise I won't open any of your drawers. ;)

Sewconsult said...

An empty pill bottle makes a great container for those little items...like the cup hooks, nails, tiny parts that fall out of blister packs. Those dang blister packs that are only good until purchased. Do they really expect you to keep those packages to wrangle the 5 hooks that are left after you use the 3 that you needed?
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

Deana said...

I try to be really organized too, but I thinks it impossible to not have at least one junk drawer. Mine could probably use a good cleaning out though... you've inspired me!

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