Why "Junk Drawer" is Maybe the Worst Name for Anything Ever

Why "Junk Drawer" is Maybe the Worst Name for Anything Ever

Taryn Williford
May 1, 2018

Hot take: Calling your catchall a "junk drawer" is possibly the worst branding moment since Netflix tried to become Qwikster. That kitchen drawer is, in fact, very precious real estate. A place for all your unplaceable items. A home for the homeless. A shelter for stuff.

The things in there aren't junk, because "junk" implies that they're needless and replaceable. But if those things were truly so worthless, they would have been sent out of the apartment the last time you decluttered.

So, no.

They're the spare batteries that will save movie night. The deck of cards you'll remember you have when it's 3 AM and you're still up enjoying beers from the back of the fridge with friends from back in the day. The travel packet of Tylenol that will feel like you struck gold when you wake up the next day with a hangover and realize the bathroom stash of painkillers is empty.

Your junk drawer, it turns out, is more like a treasure chest.

The things within are valuable, and to truly honor them, you'll want to make sure they're easy to find. So sometime this week, take a moment to honor thy junk drawer and give it a little love in the form of DIY dividers and space-saving strategies.

We packed a few tips in the video above, but I'd love to hear from you: What's in your "junk" drawer, and how do you keep it organized?

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