I didn’t know that your junk drawer could be fatal – thankfully I cleaned mine out recently! This news story on Yahoo says it all: How Your Junk Drawer Could Set Your House on Fire.
I have a desk in my kitchen with THREE junk drawers. Most of the stuff I throw in them has a real home somewhere else in the house or shed, but the junk is being shoved out of sight for a while. Since my last clear-out, the drawers have stayed mostly uncluttered, because I have made myself put things away where they belong in the tool box, the office, etc. I am trying to keep a small stash of supplies on hand that I use all the time, or that don’t belong anywhere else.
Here’s how it went!
Yes, I could actually close the drawer and ignore it. Let’s have a closer look:
Here we have:
- 5 rolls of tape
- Stack of little notebooks
- Stack of Post-It pads
- Many erasers, new and used
- Pens, pencils and Sharpies
- Thumb tacks, paper clips and elastic bands
- Glue stick
- Twist ties
- Nuts, bolts, screws, nails, picture hangers, and fasteners
- Felt pads for under furniture
- Hex keys
- Eyeglass repair kit
- Lens cleaning cloths
- Mini flashlight
- Keys, keys and more keys
- Key tags
- Ridiculous pile of locks
- Graphite for sticky locks
- Luggage tags
- Laser pointer for cats to chase
- Noisemaker for scaring cats off counter top
- 2 mini stuffed animals (cat and koala)
- Candle holder
- 2 packages Fimo (polymer clay)
- Fake gems and glass stones
- Piece of ribbon
- 3 tulle drawstring jewellery bags
- Evil dead battery destined for Hazardous Waste
- 2 -1/2 Remembrance Day poppies
- Cell phone car charger
- Change purse
- Many packages of unplanted flower seeds
- Seat belt adjusters
- Small objects awaiting repair
Honestly, what was I thinking!
Here is the “after” photo. I brought my mini glue gun to the junk drawer so I could actually fix things and not stuff them away to rot.
BTW, the drawer organizer was there all along; it was just buried 🙂
Here’s the next one:
This is the one where I had miscellaneous batteries, battery chargers and cables, along with paper and plastic items – probably not a good idea!
Note the numerous lint and cat hair removers.
I have rechargeable batteries for most things, but still use a few alkalines for elliptical machine, TV remote, etc.
I have since put all my chargers and cables into a lunch box:
And here is the bottom drawer:
Probably the less said, the better…
And here’s how it looks after resuscitation. The black bags contain binoculars and a wind-up radio for power outages. There is a pedometer, a whistle from the Brisco General Store, a roll of plastic string for the Whipper Snipper (strimmer), a painted box with window ornaments inside, and the reorganized bags of twist ties, elastics and fridge magnets.
OK, I’m done now, and feeling thoroughly exposed 🙂