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Posted by Kim
Wednesday January 19, 2005

Keeping up with junk

Recently I convinced my husband it was time to hang the new shelf I received as a Christmas gift. While looking for a nail or screw the appropriate length, I found myself elbow deep in the household toolbox. Digging through the toolbox I came across a great deal of useless items that over the years had been dumped in the box, resulting in another 'junk' receptacle in my house.

My house toolbox, intended to hold a hammer, screwdriver, pliers, and other small items needed to make household repairs had turned into a dumping ground for all those odds and ends that a person hates to throw away just in case they may be needed someday.

Metal brackets and screws for a waterbed frame long since thrown out, electrical parts from a replaced ceiling light fixture, and enough nails, screws, bolts, and washers to fill a small coffee can. More, than I would ever be able to use around the house. Even if I found the need for a 1-inch washer, would I have bothered to look in the bottom of the household toolbox for one?

After cleaning out the tool box; trashing some junk, sending a pile out to my husband's shop, and finally organizing what was left, I started thinking about all the other 'junk' receptacles I have in my house.

Everyone is familiar with the family junk drawer, usually located in the kitchen; it's where all the little items that are found lying around the house end up.

My junk drawer holds bits and pieces of my family's history. From lost board game pieces, legos, broken watchbands, rulers and compasses left over from the children's years in elementary school to hordes of pens and pencils.

Unfortunately in my house nearly every room has it's own junk drawer. It's handier than hauling all those bits and pieces back to the kitchen drawer. In the bathroom, it's the 'junk' that comes out of my farmer husband's pockets and gets left behind on the counter that end up in the bathroom junk drawer. I have enough fence staples in that drawer to repair half a mile of barb wire fence. Plus, ear tags for calves, elevator weigh tickets, half a dozen tire valve caps, and another small coffee can full of nuts, bolts, screws, and washers.

Then there is the 'junk' cupboard. Also, located in the kitchen, it's a narrow cupboard too small to hold anything but junk. There's a box of wooden matches, shoe polish, a container full of odd keys, old sunglasses, and even a bottle or two of wedding bubbles left over from my daughter's wedding nearly seven years ago.

Next comes the junk room. Located in the basement, it's where all the items too big for the drawer or cupboard end up until needed or finally tossed. Once every few years, when it becomes nearly impossible to walk through the junk room, the junk is gone through and again piles made; some to toss, giveaway, or sell at the next rummage sale. I have a three-story house but thankfully only one junk room per house.

Next time I have a few spare minutes, I'll work on cleaning out some of those drawers. But, sure enough, if I clean them out, chances are I may need a fence staple one of these days!

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