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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Junk Drawer - UPDATED

I am horrified to admit that this is the junk drawer in our dining room buffet.

It is the new project that I have set for myself.  By next week, I hope to go through this drawer and get rid of many things that are completely unnecessary. 

Why, for example do I need a tin that says "50 - Over the Hill"?  That is so five years ago.

We got this at a wedding a couple of years ago.  It's up for grabs if anyone wants it!

A very nice man with a metal detector dug this stuff out from our community garden site.  It went into a plastic bag and into the junk drawer.  There is a silver spoon, a bullet, a hinge and an old fuse, along with some ancient pennies.  What should I do with it?

I guess it's time to take this film to be developed!

These look like Charles' old glasses, but I don't think they are.  It's a mystery.

Three blue lanyards: National Guard, Thunder Mountain High School (Go Falcons!) and one from the Archdiocese of Anchorage Discipleship Days from about 5 years ago.

A button from the Alaska Marine Highway (I DO believe in Ferries)!

A selection of buttons and pins.  (I was wondering where that Santa pin went!)

I watched the start of the Iditarod (both the ceremonial and the offical starts) in 2002.   And apparently, never sewed this patch on anything.  The 2011 Iditarod is happening right now!

A lone bright orange shoelace.  Why did I feel the need to keep this?

A picture of one of my midwives with her baby.  This was taken the day that my daughter Phoebe was born 25 years ago.

This is a chip good for one free drink at Louie's.  Maybe I should use this as my reward for getting the junk drawer cleaned out (after Easter).

When the job is done, I will post before and after pictures.  

When it comes to organizing, I have found that small steps are best.  

I predict that I will take a lot of time to look at the items in the junk drawer, try to figure out where they came from, and then decide to keep some if them.  NO!  I must be strong!  I must be ruthless!

Wish me luck.




  1. Hi, nice to meet you! My "office" is my "junk room" and I need to clean it but it overwhelms me. Someday soon... :-)

    Hugs from Oregon, USA -- Teresa :-)

  2. How did you find me? this is wonderful.
    I love your junk drawers I have them all over the home they are treasure chests to me...

  3. I went through this process with an entire 3 bdrm, 2 1/2 bath, full basement, dbl garage house - it took me forever, but it's refreshing to live more simply - and to donate anything usable to others.
    Good luck with your project, and thanks for your visit at my little blog!
    ~ Zuzu

  4. How brave of you to show off your 'innards'. I thought everyone had a junk drawer in their buffet..ha, ha!

    Thanks for stopping by, I have to run now but I will be back to visit your sweet blog.

  5. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!
    Now the state of that drawer looks extremely familiar, if not he contents! I have some of these at home even though we only moved last year!! I just hate clearing them out, to the etxtent that when we moved, I simply put the contents of each of my "bits and bobs" drawers into seperate carrier bags, and they are still there!!!!!So nothing important in them then!

  6. Paula, I'm so happy you found my blog! I'm already in love with yours. How can a junk drawer deconstructed be so mesmerizing? I don't know, but it was!

    Hope you're having a blessed Lenten season. I'll try to get something new and good up for you very soon!

  7. Well the stuff you found in your drawer is a lot cooler than the stuff I found in mine.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting.


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