by Jennifer Bump
I have a confession to make: I have a junk drawer. Several, in fact. Although, I take issue with calling them junk drawers. I mean “junk” insinuates that I have rusted carburetors, a broken hot pink plastic swimming pool from three summers ago, and pens that don’t work just shoved into whatever space I can find. And that is completely untrue. My multi-purpose drawers, as I prefer we call them, don’t contain junk so much as they contain art projects, extra pieces of drapery/plumbing/electrical hardware that my dad assures me I will need in the future, pens that work (well, they worked the last time I checked) and all of the things I have to get off all visible surfaces when people come over.
And I’m not alone. That’s right, you have one too. No need to feel ashamed. Now, I don’t know what has caused your particular multi-purpose drawer situation but what I need is a better storage solution. A permanent place where I can keep my art projects together, where my random cords have a home, and a space that is out of sight for the rulers, pens, scissors and tape that keep life running. Just preferably not in the same drawer.
Paula Deen has a quaint little line of furniture and I like to imagine that she’s the type of lady that understands that people have junk drawers or as she says it, in my mind “jungk draaws.” She has two pieces in her collection that would help me stylishly organize my projects into a more permanent solution.
Paula’s Dish Pantry (Item 192678)
Paula’s Dish Pantry is great because you have some displayable space on top and a bunch of drawers to help you organize below. I love the hardware on this piece and the old library card drawers. Plus the two toned finish really gives the piece depth.
Paula’s Kitchen Organizer Cabinet (Item 197676)
This piece could go so many places in a home—-kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, mudroom, laundry room. Think of the possibilities! Plus the piece also features drawers that are labelable. I don’t think the awesomeness of labelable drawers can be overstated…everyone could have their own drawer in the bathroom. I came from a family of six and having your own drawer in the bathroom was kind of a big deal.
I love these pieces. They are both so beautiful and also amazingly functional. No more multi-purpose drawers full of playing cards, unused candles, thumb tacks, and photo albums rolling around together. You all have a place you can call your own now. Happy organizing!