#541 Junk drawers

“Honey, have you seen my measuring tape?”

“I think it’s in that drawer in the kitchen with the scissors, bobby pins, scotch tape, nail clippers, barbecue tongs, extra buttons, old birthday cards, stained take-out menus, thick rubber bands, matches, garlic press, stack of Christmas napkins, old cell phone chargers, instruction booklets for the VCR, some assorted nickels, an incomplete deck of cards, extra chain links to a watch, a half finished pack of cough drops, the Scrabble piece I found while vacuuming, dead batteries we aren’t fully sure are dead yet, a couple screws in a tiny plastic bag left over from the bookshelf, an expired pack of gum, a toaster warranty card, used birthday candles, a square of carefully folded aluminum foil, novelty bottle openers, a barbecue lighter, and that one tiny spoon.”

“Thanks honey.”


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55 responses to “#541 Junk drawers

  1. Ashley Chantal

    hahaha stack of christmas napkins… i know for sure that i have a couple stacks in a couple different junk drawers

  2. Panthalassa

    You forgot “the extra buttons that come with sweaters which you’re never going to use but keep anyway and eventually forget which sweater they go to.” :-)

    The Scrabble piece and the bag of screws are my favorites. There are many junk drawers in my house, and I’m fairly certain these two items are present in every single one.

    • TrixieRix

      And honestly, out of all the clothes you buy and wear, how often do you lose buttons? It has to be like .1% and yet I have at least 20 tiny packets of in-case buttons as if they don’t sell buttons in any stores for like 50c!

  3. Gavin

    I love the Junk drawer – it’s like a treasure hunt!

  4. Cary

    I have no witty comment.

    This just about sums everything up.

    ESPECIALLY the incomplete deck of cards. We have about three or four junk drawers in the house, and each one has at least one incomplete deck of cards in it. I say at least because I’m certain there’s one that has four decks.


  5. Nathan

    Ahh this was my suggestion on Monday! Glad you already have it covered.

  6. Stephie

    I can not tell you how many “dead, but we’re not sure their dead, batteries” are in the many Junk Drawers I’ve had.

  7. Bekah

    My junk drawer is so full of junk it barely closes. I’m sure I could go through it and throw some things away, but ya never know when your’re gonna need those things.

  8. Alf

    In our house we call it the man drawer!

    Have a look on youtube for ‘Michael Mcintyre Man Drawer’


  9. Hee! I named my blog Junk Drawer because, at first, I was going to blog about everything, a mixed bag. Then I started focusing on just humor pieces. By then the name had stuck! Just like everything I throw in my drawer. I swear mine never gets cleaned. And, really, does it have to?

  10. Mel

    From my JD, let’s add to that list chopsticks from takeout, tiny spiral notebooks from when I would try to be organized, half-dead-but-not-dead-enough Sharpies, recipe notes for unknown dishes, phone numbers for unknown people, and, my favorite, a drawer organizer tucked neatly below the heap of junk.

  11. Ken

    I started cleaning up in my office in early February. Since then I have made a point of filling one trash can a day from junk drawers (offices have them too), cabinets with old, outdated documentation, obsolete software, miscellaneous pieces of no-longer-needed hardware, unusable envelopes, rubber bands, staples and tape. Here it is the end of March, and I am finally drawing to a close. Everything is neet and tidy, and I am ready to spend the next 10 years filling everything up again.

  12. Jenn

    it’s awesome when…. you have that squeaky-clean / fresh feeling after leaving the dentist.

  13. Ansley

    When we would go visit the neighbors’ houses or our cousins’ house as kids, we always knew where their junk drawers were in their houses–if the pack of kids got bored we’d wander to the drawer and start rooting around–you’d always find some neat treasure to play with!

  14. Cveta

    Haha! The random list of things made me smile :)

  15. Shiv

    wow – WHAT A GREAT IDEA for a post!

  16. Heather

    this was SO genius!!! haha i’m dyyyying. oh man. hahaha

  17. Beth

    AMAZING! I think I have that exact same stuff in MY Junk Drawer. lol

  18. Amy

    I call this the drawer of everything.

  19. Elise

    LOL How did you get in my house?!?! :)

  20. TrixieRix

    Let us not forget the unused ketchup, soy & duck sauce packets. Btw, I HATE duck sauce. So why don’t I just throw it away???!!!

  21. Sholom

    I was actually in someone’s house looking for a random item and no one in the house knew where it would be. It was a rather upscale well to-do home, and I figured, hey, no matter how fancy people are, they are still just people!

    So I asked the mom if there was a “random drawer” in the house, where all the stuff ends up… she pointed to one in the kitchen, and lo and behold! It was there!

    Some things never change…

  22. Allie

    AWESOME!!! Love this one! So true. :)

  23. All of my drawers are filled with junk. But I also keep several jars and baskets for the extra special pieces of junk. Like all those awesome cereal prizes I accrued over the years.

  24. julie

    so so true but you forgot to put in “crappy Christmas cracker toys that no-one wants”.

  25. Allie

    I miss my junk drawer, but now it has become the drawer with all the scissors. We only have two pairs so i guess it still kinda is a junk drawer.

  26. Carla

    All the drawers in my house kindof look like that!

  27. Pauline

    This is in fact what we call the bodger drawer. It contains many of the things you mention, plus bodgers, i.e. small “useful” items.

  28. bookwurm

    I think everyone must have at least one of these draws. Well actually, I think I have two or three just in my room ‘^^.

  29. so freakin awesome! this drawer exists everywhere i’ve ever lived and every house i’ve ever visited. whenever i’m looking for something and its not in the drawer, i’m shocked because i can always imagine it right beside the duct tape, next to the empty bic lighter……

  30. Carrie Glassmeyer

    I have actually cried tears of joy upon finding things in my junk drawer YEARS after losing something. And its happened more than once, its always made my day, if not my week…and yet, I cannot remember one single item that I retrieved. All I can remember is the pure happiness and joy that came from the findings in a junk drawer–now THAT is AWESOME!

  31. Drew

    A junk drawer is the staple of any happy household.

  32. So many junk drawers over here, I can’t find out which one the junk is in though.

  33. Maria Gee

    My AP Chemistry teacher has one of these Junk Drawers. Since I’m his Teacher’s Assistant, I have to clean out that drawer…

    Things I have found:
    -3 North/South Magnets
    -A spoon
    -One of those Tuning tees…?
    -2 of his Staff ID cards, one from ’97, and ’99.
    -Too many pens to count…
    -12 Scissors
    -Someone’s house key
    -A stack of his current business cards, and old business cards.


  34. yeah thats pretty much sums up my draw

  35. C

    In the UK there is a comedian called Michael McIntyre who does a whole sketch about this – he calls it the Man Drawer:


  36. André

    We call it our Odds & Ends drawer. It sounds cooler than “junk”.

  37. Maryse

    I have one of those drawers, in my room.
    My mom keeps telling to clean it. I don’t know why, no one will look in that drawer except me.

  38. Lucy

    There’s an English comedian called Michael McIntyre that does a routine on this! he calls it ‘the man drawer’!

  39. Kristen

    The best is that you know exactly what is in the junk drawer even though none of it makes any sense…organized chaos!

  40. Caitlyn

    haha this reminds me of an amazing joke from one of my fav comedians:

    He calls it the ‘Man Draw’ – INCREDIBLY funny!

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  42. Kelsey

    Among all of those items, I usually find Monoploly money; every time, even after we’ve cleaned out the drawer recently&it’s become a mess again.

  43. Hmm, sounds the collection in my junk drawer. In addition, I have used and unused bus tickets, random bits of “copper” (1, 2 and 5 Eurocent coins), stray pieces of candy, some toys from Kinder Surprise eggs, a few brochures from local attractions, a couple of transit maps (of various vintages), assorted dice, a couple of cloths to clean eyeglasses, a dog leash, and some postcards.

  44. Have you heard this song? :-)

    It goes on and on and on, but here’s the jist!

    One, two! One, two, three, four!

    Second drawer down, second drawer down,
    Everything fits in the second drawer down.
    Sharp, blunt, long, short, skinny or round,
    Everything fits in the second drawer down.

    That’s it people!

    Don’t leave it sitting on the bench,
    If you do, it’ll make an awful stench.
    You’re domestically unstable,
    If you leave it on the table.
    You’re some hopeless bachelor,
    If I can see a spatula.
    You mustn’t have a missus,
    If I can see some scissors.

    Ladies, you know what to do. Now us boys can do it too!

    Second drawer down, second drawer down,
    Everything fits in the second drawer down.
    Sharp, blunt, long, short, skinny or round,
    Everything fits…in the second drawer down.

  45. LynzCatastrophe

    Ah the junk drawer, that one drawer in my house that holds object that i need everyday but have no where to place them. However how the soft clothes to wax the truck ended up in there is beyond me.

  46. Lara

    …and those weird little half-red half-clear christmas tree bulbs.

  47. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is great blog. An excellent read. I’ll certainly be back.

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