What’s in your junk drawer? Can I assume that everyone has one? If you cataloged the contents, what percent would be worth keeping? What percent might have a more sensible home elsewhere in your house? Are you sliding down the slippery slope of hoarding?
My junk drawer is a visual masterpiece, a virtual kaleidoscope with colors and shapes shifting throughout my search for scissors…ah, yes, that’s what I’d been looking for. But what I found instead was my junk drawer’s raison d’être. It is there as a placeholder for stalled endeavors, to provide assistance with everyday living, to add color to my life, and to offer a last minute hiding place for clutter when unexpected visitors knock on the door.
I had fun on my treasure hunt today when time was not of the essence, though typically my drawer doesn’t get much thought. But I know now that if I continue to be happily surprised when I find partially forgotten gems such as these, no amount of logic or promise of tidiness, or whispered comparisons to hoarders will persuade me to organize my beautiful mess.
Window crayon box. It typically holds wax things used to decorate the sliding doors in the kitchen with messages of welcome and holiday greetings. Most recently it welcomed stepdaughter Nissi for her vacation visit. The funny thing is the box did not contain the crayons; they had been placed in a jar by the doors for instant access during the vacation. Today I put them back.
Seed packets. I live in a townhouse and can legally cultivate a grand total of 3’ of land off my back patio. So seed packets (including corn) that were tucked in adorable if somewhat impractical Easter baskets have not found their place in the ground. I’d like to think I could plant them still, but they’ve been around since last year when I realized my tomatoes and peppers and swiss chard pretty much filled the plot.
Suncatchers. These catch no sun in the closed drawer, but they do represent one of my favorite Topsfield Fair activities: making cut glass mosaics. It’s cheap, it’s fun, it gets you off your feet for a while, and if you’re one of the few adults to give it a try, they let you use the glass cutting scissors instead of just searching through the endless confetti of pre-cut shards. I’m not sure if Jon made the abstract, but I made the other two. Wish I could go all abstract and like what I come up with – maybe next year.
Promotional Sewing Kit. A freebie given out at some trade show or event by the Manchester Airport. I suppose it’s less useful now that the navy, beige, and gray are gone, but I heard spring colors will be brights this year and pastels are very “Easter”.
5. Bean Boozled jelly beans. Phew, the expiration date on these babies is November 2013. Making them just a perfect little trick for Easter. The beans give you a 50/50 chance, do you feel lucky? One might look like lime but taste of stinky feet, seriously, that’s how they work. Could there be a better way to stop your craving for jelly beans (well, an all black licorice box would have the same effect, but that’s just me.)
Now why was I looking for scissors?
©2013 by Alison Colby-Campbell