Tucked Away

AA Milne quote

I have a tendency to squirrel things away.  Lots and lots of things.  And I tend to not be the most organized in regards to the same.  For me that lack of organization causes a lot of extra stress and strife.

The ladies of The Blended Blog have been sharing sneak peeks into their lives, and I managed to somehow end up offering up the contents of my junk drawer.

All I had to do was use Google to search for “junk drawer” and I immediately felt slightly better about sharing mine with everyone.  Some are quite scary!

I also came across an article online all about junk drawers.  In 2014, Linton Weeks wrote an online article: What Your Junk Drawer Says About You.  He notes that junk drawers might contain mementos (Got some.  Plenty in mine),  love notes (Not in mine.  I’ve never gotten one of those.), random hobby stuff (check!) or unfinished craft projects (Okay, that would be my entire house.), and probably some representations of good intentions long forgotten.

My junk drawer is one of the top drawers of my dresser and I’m not sure what the items, hastily tucked away, in my junk drawer say about me.

Well, I suppose I do know what it says.

It says I have a tendency to squirrel random stuff away.  And I’m certainly questioning my lack of common sense participating in these shenanigans, because it is slightly embarrassing to share my messy junk drawer with everyone.

messy junk drawer

I actually didn’t realize just how much stuff was in my junk drawer.

everything in junk drawer laid out

In the spirit of full disclosure, here’s the rundown (this feels slightly like one of those hidden picture puzzle games):

  • A Leatherman multi-tool I’ve hauled around since the 90’s when I was in the Army.
  • A pair of dog tags that have my medication allergies listed on them.
  • A fabric plate that says “Quilt A Latte” from the SODO Pacific Fabrics. (Oddly enough I am not the biggest fan of puns.)
  • 1 leather inside-the-waistband (IWB) firearm holster.
  • 1 leather outside-the-waistband (OWB) firearm holster.
  • 2 to-go packs of Bio-Freeze.
  • 1 spool of “dove grey” Aurifil thread.
  • 1 spool of copper-colored silk thread.
  • English paper piecing templates.
  • 2 packs of size 11 straw needles.
  • 2 packs of size 10 quilting needles (too small for my hand but I keep using them).
  • 4 skeins of perle cotton thread for hand quilting.
  • 1 fountain pen tip.
  • 3 ink pens with the 1-800 number for my medication on the side.
  • 1 Lamy Joy calligraphy pen (I don’t know how to write calligraphy.)
  • 1 postcard with a wind-swept tree.
  • A pair of my favorite Kai scissors.
  • 1 double-ended needle threader.
  • 1 lapel pin from Talledega Motor Speedway.
  • 1 collectible spoon from Vail (definitely don’t need.  I don’t collect spoons.)
  • 1 Ziploc bag full of pictures of my mama and an old lace handkerchief.
  • 1 costume jewelry necklace I haven’t put away.
  • 1 three-strand pearl necklace I haven’t put away.
  • 1 pearl ring that was handed down to me.
  • 1 little pin that says “Joy” on it (from a YWCA fundraising event).
  • 1 card with a 50’s fashion illustration (my brother said it reminded him of our mama).
  • 1 autographed Patrick Kerney (former Defensive End for Seattle Seahawks) football trading card.
  • 1 autographed 8×10 photo of Jesse Williams (Tha Monster) (former Defensive Tackle for The University of Alabama and the Seattle Seahawks).
  • Food for Thought nutrition brochure from the National MS Society.
  • 1 stack of envelopes for writing letters.
  • 2 sparkly headbands in purple and gold.
  • 1 stack of blank recipe cards.
  • 1 hook for rug hooking with wool yarn.
  • 1 pack of handmade Harry Potter cards from a craft swap.
  • Several photograph cards with images of wooden ships, boats and ferries that I want to frame.
  • 1 book about ways to tie scarves.
  • My little red, well loved and worn-out Lutheran Book of Prayer.

So that tiny little dresser drawer holds more than 50 things that seem to be otherwise homeless.  When I tried to put them back in the drawer in a tidier fashion, they all look just as jumbled and messy as before.

half an attempt to tidy it all up when put back in junk drawer

I’d say my junk drawer is definitely eclectic and very Joy!

Now you should head on over to, my sorta local (PNW) Blended Blog pal, Lana’s blog and see what she’s got stashed away in a junk drawer.

Do you have a junk drawer?  Do you think it says a lot about you?

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  • What a fabulous collection of seeming homeless items that have found a comfortable place with you. I love the pictures in a Ziplock, the Leatherman – one in our junk drawer, too, from Paul’s Army days. I noticed the vintage drawing right away – love. And all of the floss and craft supplies. I would say this is like a snapshot of the Joy I have come to know (and now know better) and love. GREAT post!

  • You have such an interesting junk drawer – and there’s no junk in there :)! Love how you listed everything out – it was fun to hunt for the items. We still need to get together for coffee!