Let’s face it, we all have one. A junk drawer. Maybe some of you refer to it as “a drawer of useful things” or “a drawer of items that do not have a spot to call home,” or simply “THE DRAWER”.
Whatever you refer to it as, for this post’s sake, it’s a junk drawer.
Most of us have it in the kitchen, sometimes another one in the bedroom, or maybe in a hutch in the dining room. Wherever it is I have come to realize that there are at LEAST 10 items that you should always have readily available.
I think now when my parents are visiting us, they don’t even ask me anymore if I have a…they just look in THE DRAWER, because 99% of the time what they are looking for is in there.
So here it is…
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1. Flashlight* – This one is pretty obvious. Power goes out? Boom – Flashlight right there. Hear something outside? Boom – Flashlight. I could go on, but I won’t.
2. Matches/Lighter – Same scenario as above with the power going out, light a candle. Or the just incase of those moments you need a lighter for…grill?
3. Hammer – How many times have you just wanted to hang a new piece of art or bump in a loose spindle on a chair…but the hammer is all the way in the garage? If you’re like me…ALL the time….
4. Flathead and Phillips head screwdriver*..bonus if its a changeable tip! Scenarios: changing batteries in kids toys, fixing a loose handle on the cabinet.
5. Pen/pencil/Sharpie – Always great to have handy.
6. Pad of paper – Grocery list, phone numbers, reminder notes, lunch box notes.
7. Tape/Gorilla Glue – You never know when something will break, or you need to hang one of those reminder notes from above.
8. Spare Keys – Lost your key? Don’t lose your spares!
9. WD-40 pen*- These things are at the best. So many times I have shut a door thinking I should really put some WD- 40 on that but always forget to go to the garage and grab it until I shut that door again. Having the no-mess pen readily available is such a convenience.
10. Scissors/boxcutter – You stumble across a coupon in the paper, cut open the package that just got delivered to your front steps or cut off the annoying tag in your shirt that has been bothering you all day.
1. Take out menus – this is where we stored them until recently, they are not placed in a home binder in another cabinet.
2. Tacks/chalk – perfect if you have a bulletin board or chalkboard in the vicinity.
3. Organizer* – I just recently placed an organizer (ikea toy train box) in our junk drawer. But since we’re are calling it a junk drawer the organizer can be optional.
What are your must haves in your junk drawer?