06.30.11 Personal

The Junk Drawer

t's a privilege you get as an adult, he said matter-of-factly. JD and I were making dinner after my debacle with suggesting we drink veggie smoothies for dinner (yes, veggie). We bet who could drink it the fastest and we gagged our way through the greenish drink. JD won. Then insisted we make dinner. It's a priviledge you get as an adult, he said matter-of-factly. I embarrassingly stared stared into a kitchen cabinet. It's the kind of cabinet one might use for, oh, say, cups. But what do I use it for? JUNK.

I'm a rather neat person. I prefer organization and cleanliness...and yes, I've cleaned bathroom tile with an old toothbrush to get just the right sparkle. But my junk drawer? Well, that's off limits.

I owned a junk drawer when I was a kid and things never changed. It was the one space in my life where nothing mattered and I gave myself permission to let go. Pens, paper, medicine I'm too lazy to take to my medicine cabinet upstairs, a rubber band, my wedding cake toppers, a expired coupon book. It's all there.

Explaining my embarrassment to JD about the junk drawer is like explaining peace to a hippie; he just gets it. He tells me it's a privilege and insists everyone has a junk drawer. I know this tactic...he uses "everyone" as a way to avoid the chance I'll repent and CLEAN THAT DRAWER AT RIGHT NOW WHO CARES ABOUT DINNER!!

So to "everyone" who's just like me, I feel you.

{Oh, and wait...what is that? CDs?! Matches?! Chapstick?! Whew, that was least y'all know I'm perpetually prepared for a romantic night in. Bow chicka bow wow.}
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Melissa E Earle - One comment on this post just in case you haven't heard it yet: Brown Chicken Brown Cow  11.27.12 - 6:05pm
Erin - I have several scattered about the house and studio. Each one has it's own purpose. The one in my desk at home is a little of this and that but has everything to do with Art, writing, music, my glasses, lipgloss. The one in the kitchen...5 hour energy, one last emergency chocolate, a few random spices, the last can of tomato soup (it's summer), and some other random things that don't really go into a kitchen but some how it works. Then there is a basket in the hall closet, and the junk tub in the storage area. OMG.... There is a lot of junk or semi junk in my house. At least it's semi organized. :)  07.07.11 - 2:39pm
Erin Snapp - It's good to know there are others out there who share the love of the "junk drawer"....I've been meaning to clean mine up for months now..ha  07.06.11 - 5:25am
Ginger Murray - Our junk drawer has many of the same things... including Cold- Eeze-- that stuff does wonders, if taken religiously, and as directed!:)  07.05.11 - 8:31pm
Noelia Kline - You forgot to mention your 5 Hour Energy drink. ;D  07.05.11 - 10:24am
Tiffaney - Im sorry Jasmine but that is too clean to be considered a junk drawer. My drawer is so junky that it takes me 3 tries to open it before stuff start jumping out.....  07.04.11 - 6:48pm
Darcy - Ha! Even your "junk drawer" is neat!   07.03.11 - 8:58am
Hannes Uys - Hectic Jasmine!  07.02.11 - 11:22am
Sharon - Everybody was more interested in your junk drawer than your veggie smoothie......I think I was the only one! Veggie smoothies are delicious--and sweet!--when you mix an apple or two with it. I drink them daily. And hopefully you have a professional blender so you're not "chewing" your smoothies like I did before I bought my now beloved Vitamix blender. Best wishes!  07.01.11 - 12:33pm
sarah - remember that episode of friends where chandler discovers monica's junk closet?   07.01.11 - 12:49am
Vanessa M - Haha! Your junk drawer aint got nothin' on my junk CLOSET...I moved on from a junk drawer a looong time ago. I'm glad you've been fortunate enough to keep your junk contained in a measly little drawer after all these years :-)  06.30.11 - 11:45pm
Brandi C - OMG, Jasmine, love your random posts, LOL! Looking at my "junk" drawer now and it consists of highlighters/pens, notepad, earphones, Burt's Beeswax Lip Balm, batteries, Satsuma (The Body Shop fragrance oil), phone charger and B-12 random :-)  06.30.11 - 9:16pm
Kyle Bromley - HAH! J* I have a junk closet!! It is pure excellence when one can go for a box of Golden Grams and then look down at the bottom shelf and get those AA batteries that were taken from the remote. Yes married life is living day to day with a battery thieving GNOME!!   06.30.11 - 8:39pm
Corrie Lindroos - That is a seriously weak junk drawer, lol!!!  06.30.11 - 7:16pm
Jo Lynch - Ah Jasmine, I love you. Your posts about nothing really important are my favourite. Your very lucky to have someone like JD who understands everyone's need for a junk drawer :)  06.30.11 - 5:43pm
Kristin Nicole - Yup, everyone needs a spot for their many random things that just don't belong anywhere else.   06.30.11 - 5:39pm
kristine ko - i clean bathroom tiles with a toothbrush too and a lot of bleach! LOL.  06.30.11 - 5:17pm
Linda - It's called the 'man drawer' in my family. Full of manly stuff like post it notes, batteries and envelopes.  06.30.11 - 3:11pm
Savannah Lauren - Your junk drawer looks quite organized. ;)  06.30.11 - 2:10pm
Mikaela - haha! yes, this cabinet (which IS relatively neat) definitely screams 'romance' ;)  06.30.11 - 1:31pm
Isaac Stott - CD's, matches, chapstick......and 5 hour energy extra strength. Now your ready for that night in! :)  06.30.11 - 1:15pm
Christina Juleson - If that's considered a junk dwarer then boy oh I have a lot of junk!  06.30.11 - 1:13pm
Andrea - First of all, did you organize before snapping that picture? Because it looks way too neat for a JUNK drawer. And "Bow chicka bow wow"?… LOL… priceless!!!  06.30.11 - 1:06pm
Andria Lavine - HAHAHAHA!!! "Bow chicka bow wow..." LOL! We have one for upstairs and one downstairs... you are not alone, sista!  06.30.11 - 12:54pm
Jessica - I agree it's very neat to be a junk cabinet! I have one too and it consists on little objects I don't know where to store them after I re-organize my room haha!!   06.30.11 - 12:24pm
Lydia - If that's considered a junk drawer, I just went from one to many! So I gotta say it, that is way too organized to be a legit junk drawer! ;-)  06.30.11 - 11:58am
Life with Kaishon - That is your messy junk drawer? OH MY GOODNESS! Please don't ever come and look at mine.  06.30.11 - 11:53am
Carrie - That's not a junk drawer; way to organized to be one :)  06.30.11 - 11:13am
Kristen - First off...this is too neat to be a "junk" drawer/cabinet. Don't feel bad, though everyone definitely has a junk drawer. Mine consists of pens, pencils, cat toys, dog treats, change, xmas ornaments, keys, chapsticks, you name it!! ;-)  06.30.11 - 11:10am
Kimberly Murray - I actually have multiple junk drawers. The great thing is that I can actually find things easier in my junk drawers than when I try to file them away in a logical place.   06.30.11 - 10:57am
Kathy - The one piece advice that I got when I was married (that stuck) was "Always have a junk drawer" And it is! Best advice ever! You're's the one place that doesn't matter...anything can go.  06.30.11 - 10:56am
Tobi - I wish my junk drawer looked that clean! Oh and I also have stepped it up a notch...I have a junk room. :)   06.30.11 - 10:51am
Becca - Oh my goodness. When we were kids, the top drawer of our dressers were our "private" drawers. No one else was allowed to open them, and we could put whatever we wanted in them. Needless to say, "private drawer" is just a polite way of saying "junk drawer" Now that I'm an adult? Well... since we're all confessing: I have reserved the top two drawers in my dresser for junk. And, you know what? They aren't getting cleaned any time soon.  06.30.11 - 10:33am
Yuliya Molitvenik - You always put in a smile on my face, love your posts! Have a fabulous Thursday Jasmine!  06.30.11 - 10:19am
Moody Sousa - You're funny. And that makes up for your shelf of neatly arranged random iteams which do not deserve the title of "junk drawer".   06.30.11 - 10:19am
LEOLAK - Agree w/ everyone..neatness junk drawer/cabinet ever! lol I feel you though...and yes we all do have one..however I have several and a junk room! That room is getting to me though (and the drawers -I can stand one but multiple..ugh) and I'm determined to clear it! I don't have that many rooms to begin with...and I so wish I was a more organized person w/ everything but old habits are hard to break. =) Power to the junk drawer!   06.30.11 - 10:13am
Eileen - That's more like a junk shelf. I can barely open my junk drawer and it's always in the kitchen  06.30.11 - 10:12am
Amanda - Cd's, Matches, Chapstick and FIVE HOUR ENERGY! haha You really ARE prepared for a night in! lol  06.30.11 - 10:04am
Emily dobson - Yep, totally have one. Batteries, suckers, coupons, markers, screws, pictures...whatever.  06.30.11 - 10:04am
Lucy - Me and my boyfriend have our own junk draws :) mine is full of stuff that doesn't have place, much like yours Jasmine, but my boyfriends is full of old receipt that mean nothing eg. receipts for 42p gum grrrr  06.30.11 - 9:58am
Shannon Sorensen - I might have 2 or 3 junk drawers. Is that ok, too?   06.30.11 - 9:55am
Dave - Jaz, I'm not sure to have ever seen a real junk drawer before...that appears to be your own personal convenience store. Junk drawers have old batteries, allen wrenches from ikea furniture, some tea lights, a pencil sharpener, tape, thumbtacks, safety pins, small toys, old key chains...I can send you a picture  06.30.11 - 9:54am
gina d. - Jasmine, what you've got is some prime real estate in there that is sorely used way below it's potential.   06.30.11 - 9:50am
Angie - Wow. That is one neat junk drawer!  06.30.11 - 9:46am
Michelle - It's like a game of "I SPy" I still can't find the matches. LOL  06.30.11 - 9:45am
Monica - I too, am to lazy to take medicine where it goes. But instead of taking it upstairs, I just have to walk a few feet across the living room to the bathroom. I wouldn't call it lazy, just resourceful :)  06.30.11 - 9:42am
Alyssa - Yeah, that's the neatest junk spot ever. I can't even open my junk drawer sometimes!  06.30.11 - 9:41am
Sacha Blackburne - I am nothing like you - or should I say, my entire life is like your junk drawer. I am messy - naturally very very messy. I am blessed enough to have reached a point in my life where I have help hiding that fact, but one place that it is impossible for anyone to tidy but me is my desk. So as I type, I am probably getting carpal tunnel as my wrists are dipped down over so much paper work to reach my keyboad that is actually still touching the desk - I long to have your neat nature, and to only have one cupboard to be embarrassed about. I long for your A type personality - not sure what letter I would get but guessing it is definitely close to a Z. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy that one little freedom. xxxxx  06.30.11 - 9:41am
Megan Wold - Your junk drawer is amazingly organized. Compared to mine. And maybe I should switch my drawer to cabinet to get it to look a little cleaner.   06.30.11 - 9:41am
Allurey, - Don't worry, Jasmine. You're not alone on this. I have a super, junky draw too, which reminds me it needs to be cleaned before the week ends. Lmao.   06.30.11 - 9:39am
Shannon Karczewski - You only have ONE junk drawer? In this ain't got nothin' on me! :)  06.30.11 - 9:39am
kristin brown - yeah, i think we've all got one of those. it is quite the interesting peek into someone's life though! :)  06.30.11 - 9:37am
felicia gwen - A junk drawer is a MUST in every house!  06.30.11 - 9:35am
Bre Thurston - I absolutely have a junk drawer! Oh, except since moving to So Cal our place is so small it doesn't get an actual DRAWER, so it's a junk basket (with lid) on the counter. And it's too small :)   06.30.11 - 9:35am
Nadya - Yes everyone has one! Yours is not nearly as bad as some. Mine is a mess i have doggy poop bags, pens, sicssors, stickers, blue tape, clear tape, other tape, some wierd pins , screw driver, broken hammer, etc. LOL but then we have a medicine junk drawer thats just a hot mess LOL  06.30.11 - 9:35am
Jessica H - Oh girl- I have 2 or 3 "junk" drawers. I need some serious organization help! :)  06.30.11 - 9:33am
DeJesus - Holy frijoles! You just made our junk drawer(s) look worse. Thanks.  06.30.11 - 9:32am
Cindy Fike - Is that a bottle of shampoo in the background? haha..  06.30.11 - 9:32am
Brian Calabrese - I have 8 of these "Junk Drawers" lol  06.30.11 - 9:30am
kelly marie - I feel you on the drunk's pretty liberating until your BF comes along and ORGANIZES IT.   06.30.11 - 9:28am
Rachel Tatem - I totally know what you mean. I am a very organized and clean person. I like to know where the "home" for an object, but I must admit I too have a junk drawer. I have all the things I use on a daily basis like bread ties, my wine note book, a couple pens, clothes pins... you get the idea.  06.30.11 - 9:27am
Maria - Geez! That's the neatest looking junk drawer I've ever seen. Honestly.   06.30.11 - 9:20am
Maria - Geez! That's the neatest looking junk drawer I've ever seen. Honestly.   06.30.11 - 9:20am
Anne T. - Yes, *everyone* does have one. However, yours is still pretty neat. Things are nicely stacked, and even categorized by type. :) My drawer(s) can barely open they are so full!  06.30.11 - 9:19am
Charlie - Nice little giggle before my long weekend. Thanks. Sorry to say this but that is the neatest junk drawer I've ever seen. :)  06.30.11 - 9:19am
Maria - Geez! That's the neatest looking junk drawer I've ever seen. Honestly.  06.30.11 - 9:18am
AAK Photography - I also grew up having a junk drawer and have also continued that tradition into my married life. Albeit, I must say your junk drawer is much more organized than mine and mine consists of mostly candy!  06.30.11 - 9:09am
SimpleGirl - OMG! I recognize those pharmacy labels! I'm a pharmacist for them and it would me MY PRIVILEGE to serve you.  06.30.11 - 9:07am