At Home with Christie – Junk Drawer Essentials


Christie Mahany
Christie Mahany

I have an awesome toolbox. It’s one of those that has a place for everything, and everything has its place. I have a separate bag for extra stuff – caulk, nails, wall anchors – and even a backup toolbox that hold things like my cordless drill, stud finder and laser level. It’s so extensive that I have a hard time keeping my husband out of my tools. Our house is only about 1600 square feet, so the toolbox in the closet isn’t very far away, no matter where I am. And yet, I keep some tools in my junk drawer, and undoubtedly, those are the ones I go for first. So here’s my top junk drawer essentials, and the whys that go with them.

But first, do yourself a favor and buy some kind of organizer. One of the best things I did was buy one of those modular plastic organizers specifically made for the junk drawer. It has a ton of compartments and stickers(!) to let me know what goes where. People think I’m organized, when really I just don’t like to put too much thought into repetitive things. The organizer isn’t perfect, but it helps give me narrow down where to look for my following favorites….

junk-drawer-WEB1. Screwdriver. Specifically the kind that have the little magnetic bits that interchange and all store together. This way when you see something that needs tightened you can go to the junk drawer. Also, when you promptly forget which type of screw it was as soon as you open the junk drawer, it won’t matter because you’re covered.

2. Baby screwdrivers. You know, those super skinny drivers that you have to put magnifying glasses on in order to know if they are a plus or a minus (AKA Phillips or flathead for you not living in our house)? Keep those on hand for when you need to unlock the bathroom door because your preschooler locked everyone out, or if you need to punch a hole in something while being crafty.

3. Needle nosed pliers. EVERY house should have these. They’re an extra pair of long skinny fingers that you don’t mind getting dirty. Is your tub/shower drain running slow? Don’t use those slow working caustic chemicals! Grab your screwdriver and your needle nose pliers (and some paper towels – you are not going to want to touch what comes out of there) and get to work. Plus most have a cutter near the hinge, which works great on wires or fishing line…. or those plastic things they use to attach shopping tags to clothes.

These are by far NOT the only things I have in my junk drawer, but they are certainly the reason I go to the drawer most often. As many options as I have, I find that these few things (along with duct tape and baling twine… or fishing line, in our case) handles at least 80% of our everyday needs.

How about you? What is your go-to staple for your junk drawer?

At home, Christie

About Christie Mahany:

Christie Mahany
Christie Mahany

On any given day I’m a full time real estate agent, momma and chief wrangler of two kids and two dogs, married to a guy who essentially hunts and fishes for a living, and happy residing on the outskirts of Erie, PA. Sometimes I fool myself into thinking I have superpowers, except my cape is usually in the laundry…I hope. It’s all in a day’s work.

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