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2014-08-16 11:12:05 PM  
Back when I was in a ltr, (15yrs) I used to read my girlfriend's Cosmopoliton. They had an article that still sticks with me, and has generated a lot of discussions with women I have meet over the years.
Not sure the title, but basically, "How Your Purse Mirrors Your Uterus".
 
2014-08-16 11:21:08 PM  
Mine reveals that I'm always THINKING I'm out of batteries when I'm not. Seriously I have multiple packages of the same size battery.  When one battery dies I go buy more thinking I don't have any without checking.
 
2014-08-17 12:07:55 AM  
I think if I were going to send a photo of my junk drawer to NPR, I'd probably remove some of the lint from it, fluff it up a bit, and shoot it at a very flattering angle.  It would be satisfying walking down the street the next day having everyone knowing my junk drawer was huge.
 
2014-08-17 12:12:15 AM  
No one better be drawing my junk!
 
2014-08-17 12:20:05 AM  
I'd post a picture of my junk drawers but I can't remember which junk drawer my camera is in.
 
2014-08-17 01:08:12 AM  
My junk drawer isn't filled with things that would be useful for repairing or maintaining anything.
There are no tools, screws, or spare miscellaneous pieces of hardware.
There are only trophies.
Black lace panties stolen from a late night laundrymat.
A baby food jar filled with formaldehyde with a luckless toad forever staring out with the same expression it had when I plunged it in and screwed on the lid.
Another baby food jar filled with teeth from the stray cats from the neighborhood that I've strangled.
Locks of hair.
Some body jewellery.
The skin collection.
The pinky finger with a bejeweled nail.
 
2014-08-17 01:14:29 AM  
I put my junk in your trunk.
 
2014-08-17 02:46:37 AM  
My wife and I don't so much have a junk drawer as a junk house.
 
2014-08-17 03:12:04 AM  

shanrick: My junk drawer isn't filled with things that would be useful for repairing or maintaining anything.
There are no tools, screws, or spare miscellaneous pieces of hardware.
There are only trophies.
Black lace panties stolen from a late night laundrymat.
A baby food jar filled with formaldehyde with a luckless toad forever staring out with the same expression it had when I plunged it in and screwed on the lid.
Another baby food jar filled with teeth from the stray cats from the neighborhood that I've strangled.
Locks of hair.
Some body jewellery.
The skin collection.
The pinky finger with a bejeweled nail.


Piker. I need a whole walk-in closet for my skin collection.
 
2014-08-17 03:16:37 AM  
drawer?
try drawers and boxes and storage totes
 
2014-08-17 03:23:47 AM  
I'm just happy they are still using the term "junk drawer" since it goes back to the 60's, at least. fark you young people :)
 
2014-08-17 03:56:34 AM  
All of my drawers turn into junk drawers if I leave the husband alone with them too long.  Tiny computer screws he swears he'll use again, miscellaneous bits of metal that all look the same but are apparently very different, tiny tiny screw drivers all the same size, lighters and he doesn't even smoke or have cause to set fire, papers with one or two words written on them. Absolute crap that's too vital to throw away.
 
2014-08-17 04:07:48 AM  
Just one drawer? Mine's scattered throughout the entire house.
 
2014-08-17 04:12:48 AM  

Ambivalence: Mine reveals that I'm always THINKING I'm out of batteries when I'm not. Seriously I have multiple packages of the same size battery.  When one battery dies I go buy more thinking I don't have any without checking.


/this
 
2014-08-17 04:20:35 AM  
I have no junk drawers, I roam from place to place so weight is an issue. I have junk files on my external hard drive and in the cloud. No need for your atypical screwdrivers or glue or sellotape when you have nothing that requires a simple tool or adhesive. If my drive, phone, laptop or camera goes wrong I'll need a bit more than just a piece of tape. I also have no need for items that bring back memories as I have photos of everything I feel passionate about. Some things I'd rather forget and those I have no photos of. It's quite satisfying to be able to choose what makes a lasting impact and what is lost amongst the detritus of the redundant past.
 
2014-08-17 04:24:47 AM  
You mean that thing with a roof on it?
 
2014-08-17 04:32:31 AM  
"So what does your household junk drawer look like?"

Butt plugs, vibrators, and dildoes.


Oh and scotch tape.
 
2014-08-17 04:39:04 AM  
IF you do find my "Junk" drawer please let me know whats in it. KTHXBYE....

encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com

/not actually my house.
 
2014-08-17 04:40:17 AM  

Boo_Guy: "So what does your household junk drawer look like?"

Butt plugs, vibrators, and dildoes.


Oh and scotch tape.


How't the dung Basement looking these days.
 
2014-08-17 04:59:23 AM  

eas81: Boo_Guy: "So what does your household junk drawer look like?"

Butt plugs, vibrators, and dildoes.


Oh and scotch tape.

How't the Basement looking these days.


The expansion was just finished,  it looks so much bigger now.
 
2014-08-17 05:11:28 AM  
My junk drawer reveals I love delivery food, but because it's in the junk drawer you can probably infer I'm too cheap to actually use any of those menus too often.

Also the leftovers from a giant box of nails and a hammer.  Because art works don't hang themselves.
 
2014-08-17 05:52:18 AM  
This isn't about my underpants is it.
 
2014-08-17 06:14:35 AM  
Junk drawer? ha. try junk closet. all you'd see is LoZ memorabilia and old art pieces from class though.
 
2014-08-17 06:27:16 AM  
When we moved into our house, we were amazed at the amount of space. Fast-forward  23 years.We are moving and can't figure out how we got so much junk in such a small house. We have only one junk drawer, then we have several gadget draws.
 
2014-08-17 06:30:21 AM  

fusillade762: shanrick: My junk drawer isn't filled with things that would be useful for repairing or maintaining anything.
There are no tools, screws, or spare miscellaneous pieces of hardware.
There are only trophies.
Black lace panties stolen from a late night laundrymat.
A baby food jar filled with formaldehyde with a luckless toad forever staring out with the same expression it had when I plunged it in and screwed on the lid.
Another baby food jar filled with teeth from the stray cats from the neighborhood that I've strangled.
Locks of hair.
Some body jewellery.
The skin collection.
The pinky finger with a bejeweled nail.

Piker. I need a whole walk-in closet for my skin collection.


It puts the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again.
 
2014-08-17 06:34:24 AM  

gadian: All of my drawers turn into junk drawers if I leave the husband alone with them too long.  Tiny computer screws he swears he'll use again, miscellaneous bits of metal that all look the same but are apparently very different, tiny tiny screw drivers all the same size, lighters and he doesn't even smoke or have cause to set fire, papers with one or two words written on them. Absolute crap that's too vital to throw away.


I didn't know my wife had a fark account.
 
2014-08-17 06:58:35 AM  
I have at least one junk drawer in every room, and it seems I have OCD, because I can usually tell someone exactly which drawer to look in to find exactly which piece of junk is being sought.

I should probably get help.
 
2014-08-17 07:10:46 AM  

gadian: Absolute crap that's too vital to throw away.


You're God-damned right about that!
 
2014-08-17 07:10:58 AM  

namatad: drawer?
try drawers and boxes and storage totes


This.  I really need to go through my desk and reorganize it as well as the boxes of stuff I have from when I was living with my parents.
 
2014-08-17 07:11:51 AM  
am ascared now that I might be crazy or cray-cray is what my neighbor lady calls me
she works at wallmart though, what does she know
 
2014-08-17 07:21:27 AM  
Do you mean the one in the kitchen or the one in my desk?

Kitchen: Lots of AA and AAA batteries. One each: D cell battery and nine-volt battery. A baggie of clapped out old rubber bands. Six different styles of snack-bag claspy-things. Some baking objects that I have no idea what they do. Some string. An autographed picture of Randy Mantooth!

Desk: Sticky tape (that thick crap, not cello tape). A color calibrator for my monitors. Misc. USB and iProduct cables. Tools: pliers, crimps (RJ11, RJ45 and TV coax), screw drivers (lots), wire cutters, toenail clippers (they're tools, damn it!), Allen wrenches and a pop-rivet tool. Boxes of staples. Balls from trackballs. Replacement light bulbs. Small pieces to anime *ahem* "action figures". Rosemary's baby! And a baby's arm holding an apple.
 
2014-08-17 07:40:50 AM  
It says I have too much junk.
 
2014-08-17 08:11:08 AM  

Ed Grubermann: Do you mean the one in the kitchen or the one in my desk?

Kitchen: Lots of AA and AAA batteries. One each: D cell battery and nine-volt battery. A baggie of clapped out old rubber bands. Six different styles of snack-bag claspy-things. Some baking objects that I have no idea what they do. Some string. An autographed picture of Randy Mantooth!

Desk: Sticky tape (that thick crap, not cello tape). A color calibrator for my monitors. Misc. USB and iProduct cables. Tools: pliers, crimps (RJ11, RJ45 and TV coax), screw drivers (lots), wire cutters, toenail clippers (they're tools, damn it!), Allen wrenches and a pop-rivet tool. Boxes of staples. Balls from trackballs. Replacement light bulbs. Small pieces to anime *ahem* "action figures". Rosemary's baby! And a baby's arm holding an apple.


Re: chip clips. Spend $1 to buy a 50-piece package of clothespins. You'll feel like a fool for ever buying chip clips. Plus, you'll find yourself sitting in your favorite recliner after the chips are gone, mindlessly clipping the clothespin on your ears, your nose, your lip, your nipple, your eyebrow, the dog, your toe, the remote control...after about an hour of this, your wife and/or husband will leave the room in disgust, and you can watch whatever you want on the TV. Maybe that last part is just me, though.
 
2014-08-17 08:15:16 AM  

Ed Grubermann: Do you mean the one in the kitchen or the one in my desk?

Kitchen: Lots of AA and AAA batteries. One each: D cell battery and nine-volt battery. A baggie of clapped out old rubber bands. Six different styles of snack-bag claspy-things. Some baking objects that I have no idea what they do. Some string. An autographed picture of Randy Mantooth!

Desk: Sticky tape (that thick crap, not cello tape). A color calibrator for my monitors. Misc. USB and iProduct cables. Tools: pliers, crimps (RJ11, RJ45 and TV coax), screw drivers (lots), wire cutters, toenail clippers (they're tools, damn it!), Allen wrenches and a pop-rivet tool. Boxes of staples. Balls from trackballs. Replacement light bulbs. Small pieces to anime *ahem* "action figures". Rosemary's baby! And a baby's arm holding an apple.


lulz...
When I put my Summer Car on the road this year, I found a "What Do You Want From Live" CD.
Fark: car has a cassette player.
 
2014-08-17 08:38:26 AM  
A year ago, I decided that every drawer in my house needed to contain: a phillips screwdriver and a pair of scissors. Because those were the things I was always getting annoyed looking for. I went to the store and bought like 15 screwdrivers and 15 pairs of scissors. Came home and distributed them to the drawers. Best thing I ever did.

End threadjack.
 
2014-08-17 08:39:31 AM  
It says that I have way too many miniature flashlights
 
2014-08-17 09:15:20 AM  

Ed Grubermann: Do you mean the one in the kitchen or the one in my desk?

Kitchen: Lots of AA and AAA batteries. One each: D cell battery and nine-volt battery. A baggie of clapped out old rubber bands. Six different styles of snack-bag claspy-things. Some baking objects that I have no idea what they do. Some string. An autographed picture of Randy Mantooth!

Desk: Sticky tape (that thick crap, not cello tape). A color calibrator for my monitors. Misc. USB and iProduct cables. Tools: pliers, crimps (RJ11, RJ45 and TV coax), screw drivers (lots), wire cutters, toenail clippers (they're tools, damn it!), Allen wrenches and a pop-rivet tool. Boxes of staples. Balls from trackballs. Replacement light bulbs. Small pieces to anime *ahem* "action figures". Rosemary's baby! And a baby's arm holding an apple.


+1. Nice
 
2014-08-17 09:42:30 AM  
I checked mine. I have several iPods, old IDs, a $5 gold piece that should be locked up, lots of Post-It pads and a charger that I thought was lost. Also a pair of dorky-cool 1960s safety glasses I found behind a cabinet at work. Lots more. It's really a microcosm of my junk house.
 
2014-08-17 09:47:23 AM  

shanrick: My junk drawer isn't filled with things that would be useful for repairing or maintaining anything.
There are no tools, screws, or spare miscellaneous pieces of hardware.
There are only trophies.
Black lace panties stolen from a late night laundrymat.
A baby food jar filled with formaldehyde with a luckless toad forever staring out with the same expression it had when I plunged it in and screwed on the lid.
Another baby food jar filled with teeth from the stray cats from the neighborhood that I've strangled.
Locks of hair.
Some body jewellery.
The skin collection.
The pinky finger with a bejeweled nail.


What kind of self-respecting pervert stops with only one pair of stolen panties?
 
2014-08-17 10:06:57 AM  
Mind's full of cheques I can't be bothered to cash...
 
2014-08-17 10:21:56 AM  

baconbeard: Mind's full of cheques I can't be bothered to cash...


Rich people's problems.
 
2014-08-17 10:23:55 AM  

Sid_6.7: My wife and I don't so much have a junk drawer as a junk house.


I kept thinking "what if every drawer I have is a "junk drawer"?
 
2014-08-17 11:03:48 AM  

endosymbiont: A year ago, I decided that every drawer in my house needed to contain: a phillips screwdriver and a pair of scissors. Because those were the things I was always getting annoyed looking for. I went to the store and bought like 15 screwdrivers and 15 pairs of scissors. Came home and distributed them to the drawers. Best thing I ever did.

End threadjack.


Every year, a couple weeks after Christmas, I hit up the Leows and Home Depot and go to the "gifts under $10" racks, now marked down to a couple body bucks. I have several of the screwdriver sets with different heads, small ratchet sets, tape measures flashlights and other useful things scattered throughout drawers in my house. They're shiatty quality, but so handy to always have within a few steps.

They're a few in my junk drawer along with a few sewing kits and all the other usual stuff already mentioned.
 
2014-08-17 11:20:17 AM  

KidneyStone: My father passed on Monday amd we're dealing with the posessions of an 85yo man. Almost every single drawer is a junk drawer.

I don't think I'll RTFA


I'm sorry for your loss. My 90 y/o Mom has been in the hospital since Monday afternoon slowly recovering from emergency blood clot surgery.
 
2014-08-17 11:24:52 AM  
Do they still count as junk drawers if you split the junk across lots of small ones so that the junk is very roughly sorted by theme or at least size of the items (e.g. one with old gadgets like cell phones, walkmen, chargers, clocks while another one has old letters and newspaper clippings and another one bicycle tools and parts and another one crap from your childhood and another one cables, earbuds and plugs and another one..).

IKEA used to have a great variety of differently sized drawer elements like those:

3.bp.blogspot.com
..but it looks like they've discontinued most of them.
 
2014-08-17 11:48:39 AM  
cherryl taggart
I have at least one junk drawer in every room, and it seems I have OCD, because I can usually tell someone exactly which drawer to look in to find exactly which piece of junk is being sought.

I should probably get help.



Sounds like a subfunction of what I call my "random garbage memory" that's wasting brain power with remembering or associating random unimportant crap for ages instead of more useful stuff:
like in school "I don't remember what it said, but there's a third part to the theorem; because I remember seeing it on the bottom-right of a page 37 and there were three bullet points" or stuff like "Remember 20 years ago? We were swimming and you were joking that..".
Or I might not know if I have any paper clips, but I might remember throwing a certain blue one into the left-most drawer if I were looking for that particular one.

/or you're optimized for handling Union-find operations, although I doubt that most junk drawers are disjoint sets. ;-)
 
2014-08-17 11:58:56 AM  

El Clintoris Maximus: It says that I have way too many miniature flashlights


Everybody has too many of those, on account of only half of them work. Someone expects us to be heading into the eternal blackout any day now, I guess. When the Yellowstone caldera goes, you will all be walking around with those teeny little flashlights, asking strangers for batteries.

I'll be dead about 10 seconds after it goes, so you can have my batteries. They're in my junk drawer.
 
2014-08-17 12:12:00 PM  
I'm assuming "junk drawer" is a euphemism for underwear and there's no way I'm sending them a picture of mine.
 
2014-08-17 12:49:53 PM  
I tried keeping my junk in a drawer, but it hurt to much when I closed the drawer.
 
2014-08-17 01:30:26 PM  

gadian: All of my drawers turn into junk drawers if I leave the husband alone with them too long.  Tiny computer screws he swears he'll use again, miscellaneous bits of metal that all look the same but are apparently very different, tiny tiny screw drivers all the same size, lighters and he doesn't even smoke or have cause to set fire, papers with one or two words written on them. Absolute crap that's too vital to throw away.


Tiny screws are important.
 
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