A lot of people are under the impression that junk drawers are just a "Southern thing", but that could be farthest from the truth.

I am from Tennessee, so I have some skin in the junk drawer being from the South" thing, but I will wager a whole year's worth of paychecks to prove that having a junk drawer is a "People Everywhere" thing!

I have friends from out here on the West Coast who have told me their junk drawer is actually a junk CLOSET (I have one of those, too), or that they have several junk drawers in their homes. In some cases, they admit to having a junk GARAGE. Oh my!

Let's see what I have in my junk drawer:

Lighters, old receipts, decorative napkin ring holders, random buttons, a whole thing of pencils, pens, and sharpies. What else is in there? Only the goddesses of the universe know why I stuffed old restaurant menus in my junk drawer. Most of these restaurants aren't even in business anymore! Was I keeping them as mementos? Like I said, who knows!

What can you do to keep your junk drawer from getting out of control like the way it is now? I have two suggestions, and I am going to try them both:

Tip #1: Buy a tin of cookies, dump the cookies and put everything in your junk drawer inside it. Easy, peasy, quick cleanup!

Royal Dansk cookie tin via Walgreens.com

Tip #2: Watch some various Marie Kondo "Magic of Tidying Up" drawer organizing videos on YouTube. Sometimes, watching other people clean up and organize their sh** helps ME organize MY sh**! I hope it will do the same for you!

To answer the question of whether having a junk drawer is just a Southern thang, IT. IS. NOT.

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