I try. I try to be tidy. I try to keep my shit organized. I do. I pick up Legos. I pick up trinkets, and pencils and stuff from around the house on a daily basis. I keep my closets as organized as I can. I stay on top of stuff because I know it'll just snowball and make more work for me if I don't. That being said, I DO have one dirty little secret. The Junk Drawer. It's the one drawer in the house that I absolutely REFUSE to clean out. I know that if I do, if I throw any of its contents away, I will most certainly need it within days of tossing.
This drawer includes, but is not limited to, the following contents:
*Number Birthday Candles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Darth Vader, Superman, Elmo and Spiderman. None of them are in any kind of shape to be used again - so why am I saving them?
|I can't bring myself to throw out any of the candles my kids had for their baby parties. Shit, I'm about 2 birthdays away from Hoarder- status aren't I?|
*Shoelaces: Why? Because you never know when you will need a pair of shoelaces?
*Rubber Grippy Jar Opener: I use this about once a year when I stumble upon a jar of Salsa that is sealed with a death grip.
|No stubborn lid is going to get between me and my nachos. I can't throw out the gripper!|
*Bottle Openers - none of which I remember are in there when I actually need one.
*Ball Pump - this I have to blame on the kids. They put it in there, and it never fails, when they are looking for it, they open the drawer and swear it's not in there. It hasn't been moved for years - so it is still there, but as with everything else, only my eyes can actually see it clearly enough to find it.
*Countless Rubber Bands - that I end up using to pull my hair back when I'm cooking because I can't find one bloody hair rubber band on the first floor. I end up losing 20 strands of hair trying to take those bastards out! OUCH!
*Address Book - containing addresses, phone numbers, and little memos from the 80s - you know, when people actually called and wrote each other. I know it's obsolete now since I have all of my contacts in my laptop - but I keep it for nostalgic reasons.
One of these days I'm going to lose it when I go to open that drawer and it jams on me like it usually does and I'm going to throw the whole damn thing in the garbage. But until then, it remains- the junk drawer.
Whatcha got in yours? You know you have one, too!