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Junk drawer [Sep. 15th, 2015|01:38 pm]
Zoethe
I get so irked at myself for not taking before and after pictures of things. Suffice to say that I stumbled into accidental dejunking today when I went to look for something in the junk drawer.

The problem with junk drawers is that every house needs one--that repository for batteries, lighters, takeout menus, scissors, tape, pens--but they quickly become the tossing place for everything that comes into hand but you don't have time to deal with. "I don't want to throw this out, but I don't have a place for it. Hey, the junk drawer!"

Also, I live in a household where certain people (not naming names) have a tendency to change the battery in something and toss the dead batteries back into junk drawer. Also to treat empty tape dispensers like they may grow new tape if they're left alone in a dark place for a while.

I, on the other hand, have a tendency to receive photos of friends and family and, not knowing what to do with them in that moment, toss them into the drawer. The thing is, I *do* know what to do with them; I have a special drawer just for photos. Only I forget that. All. The. Time.

I'm as guilty as anyone else in the household of not wasting the brain power to figure out where a thing actually goes. So the drawer had reached the point of needing to be jammed shut.

Not anymore. I put away, or threw away, at least 60% of what was in there. It's neat and organized, and I found that pair of scissors I've been irritated had disappeared. I feel very accomplished.

It will last about two weeks....
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[User Picture]From: gythiawulfie
2015-09-15 05:47 pm (UTC)

Oh the joy of junk drawers

I have 3 distinct ones. They each have a purpose or generalized purpose... but then they get mixed up and intertwined and I have to separate them all over again....

One for all the weird tools that you only really use inside a house for bizarre things... to small to go in the regular tool box but needing a home...

One of the odds and ends of kitchen gadgets that you bought on a whim, used a few times, and eventually will get donated somewhere.. but until then they need a home.

One for little "stocking stuff" cool bits and pieces that were awesome at the time, but served little practicality months down the road, slowly they will be donated over time...

Scarily, the drawers have a never ending recycle/refill/recycle pattern.

Batteries? They have their own clear rubberneck bin. We live in Florida, batteries are eaten up because of the air/climate at about a 30% faster rate (it's the salt content in the air that does it) and with hurricane season, we stock up in May and use them up as the year goes on...

(There's also the recycle bin for batteries too.. they get taken to a drop off station).
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-09-15 07:33 pm (UTC)

Re: Oh the joy of junk drawers

You are more organized than I--and clearly have more drawers!
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[User Picture]From: the_siobhan
2015-09-15 07:38 pm (UTC)

Re: Oh the joy of junk drawers

See I wouldn't call those "junk" drawers. Everything in them has a purpose.
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[User Picture]From: gythiawulfie
2015-09-16 12:49 pm (UTC)

Re: Oh the joy of junk drawers

Well, by default... they are all in separate areas of the house... where those kinds of items tend to reside..

It just kinda ended up that way...
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[User Picture]From: the_siobhan
2015-09-15 07:38 pm (UTC)
I HAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE junk drawers. I want to have everything to have a place to live, or else toss it.

One of my ex's used to keep wicker baskets around the house and every time she found something in her pockets she didn't know what to do with, she would toss them into the basket. She told me it was so we could find stuff when we needed it, but I gotta tell you, if I'm looking for a screw I'm looking in the tool chest where we keep the screws sorted by size, not digging through 8 wicker baskets filled to the brim with pennies and elastic bands and dead batteries.

Once I got so pissed off I emptied them all out, threw away the garbage, sorted out and put away all the stuff that was useful and give the baskets to FreeCycle. A month later she walked into the house and said, "Look what I bought! They'll be so useful!" and opened a bag to show me a half dozen new wicker baskets.

I may have an issue.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-09-15 07:45 pm (UTC)
I have good insight into why she's an ex....
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[User Picture]From: the_siobhan
2015-09-16 01:46 am (UTC)
We may have had some incompatibilities. :-)
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2015-09-16 01:38 am (UTC)
Maybe 3 weeks if you're lucky ;)

That reminds me that my junk drawers (one for misc, one for photos and stationary) are overdue for a sort.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-09-16 04:06 pm (UTC)
Glad to be the guilt fairy! ;-)
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[User Picture]From: coyotewoman
2015-09-17 05:58 pm (UTC)
It's funny - this is not the first time the junk drawer theme has poked at me this week. In my case it's a junk room - all of the craft supplies I can't use anymore, all of the slightly broken but still usable furniture, all the things I just don't know what do do with - have ended up in that room, which was always meant to be my sewing room. I can still walk in there (along very narrow paths) but the hinges on the door are off-kilter and it's so hard to open and close that door I tend to just walk past and leave the mess all alone.

And, because these things do spill over into other areas of our lives - I had a PTSD episode, and a whole load of "junk" from my past came exploding out... and my therapist and I have been discussing how the junk room in my head has overflowed and broken the door, and it's time for us to unpack that room and sort through what's there and finally throw some of it away so there's room up there for light and joy and creativity... an utter case of "as above, so below".

So wow, that was a ramble and maybe TMI, but thanks for your post. I'm taking it as a sign from the Universe that I'm moving in the right direction - and that it's time to get off my butt and reclaim that sewing room! :)

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-09-17 07:33 pm (UTC)
I've been doing that with my basement. It's supposed to be a family room, but it eventually became the repository of everything that I couldn't decide where to put or resign myself to get rid of. It's good to clear out those spaces. Go you!
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