We asked our regular contributors through e-mail What is something every “junk drawer” must have in order to be considered a proper “junk drawer”? We got many interesting responses. Here are some of them. We have just copied and pasted their responses, not editing them in any way.
1. The thing that prevents you from closing the drawer.
2. A screw that looks too important to throw out but you have no idea where it came from.
3. Keys for unknown locks.
4. Instructions for a product that either doesn’t need instructions (like a fan) or that you don’t even own anymore.
5. Too many old pens, most of which don’t even work, some of which are highlighters or broken pencil crayons. Stray rubber bands or paper clips. A tiny plastic bag of spare hardware for that side table you assembled six years ago. A roll of masking/painter’s tape. A plastic part to something that’s always been there and who knows where it is from. A couple of mystery keys or keychains. Crumbs. Two loose thumbtacks and a pen lid that fits nothing. A dry sharpie.
6. Assortment of single batteries.
7. Stray rubber bands.
8. Random chargers. What’s that to? No one knows but we save it just in case we might need it again.
9. Scissors. Bonus points if they have orange handles.
10. That random Christmas decoration that was found way too late to be packed with the rest.