Thursday, September 25, 2014

Welcome to the junk drawer.

 Tell the truth: does your  junk drawer look like this? 

Okay, this is not my junk drawer  (I’m not showing mine!), but it’s a good example of what the inside of  a junk drawer can look like.  Mine has a lot more elastic bands.

Yes, I am letting down my guard, but I haven’t completely lost my mind. Revealing the junk drawer at its worst? As if. 

Some items currently residing: 

The Princess dachshunds’ toothbrushes and toothpaste. We seem to be out of beef and chicken flavor

Two measuring tapes

2 packs of sparklers because you never know when a birthday party will break out

Bag of red candy of mysterious origin

Dozens of elastic bands from the newspaper

Collection of false noses and glasses - for visiting children or silly adults

Car keys


Canadian Tire money (10 cents)

Small gardening scissors

Binoculars to follow antics of squirrels

You get the point.

I’ve been trying for years to solve the junk drawer problem. Finding a place for everything and everything in its place.  If you try to live by that principle, why would you need one? 

Then this week I read an article about Daniel Levitin, neuro-scientist and author of The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information,  Included in the brainy article:  The Junk Drawer.

I immediately ordered the book so it could sit in the pile of other non-fiction books urgently awaiting my attention. 

But I digress. Apparently, we have to adopt organizational tactics to help reduce the brain’s workload.  Come on, friends, try to stay awake:  I’m getting to the point, which is of course, the junk drawer. This holding tank for 'stuff'  allows us to cut down on time and mental energy wasted on trivial decisions, such as where to put three pair of false noses and glasses.  Face it, they didn’t merit a lot of thought.  The dogs’ toothbrushes? Right.  I’m sure I’ll find them mentioned in the book when it shows up. 

That’s all I needed! 

Now I have this advice from an expert, I can really relax—about this one silly thing anyway.  We don't need to worry about that junk drawer!

Maybe twice a year I’ll throw out the stuff I can’t identify. Exactly where did that red candy come from, anyway?  I’ll use the mental energy saved to catch some bad guys on the page.  Or read a book!

Okay now, your turn. Junk drawer confessions? Triumphs?  I can’t wait. And if anyone wants to share what’s the weirdest thing they’d found in their junk drawer, well, I’d sure like to know what that is.