Where is it?

11 Aug 2022
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A well-known Australian columnist was asked years ago when he had written a weekly column for many years, where does he get his ideas? Does he ever run out of things to write about?

He said one day as a deadline was looming and he had no idea, he opened his miscellaneous drawer and started writing about all the different objects that ended up there.

Most homes have one a drawer where all the bits and bobs that have nowhere else to go, end up.

Some people have a small drawer, some have an organised drawer divided into sections, while other have small cupboards and some, like a friend I know, has a big wooden box where she puts things that don’t fit anywhere else.

So, what’s in my drawer, for me there are odd bits of string, surplus pens and pencils, cardboard and other paper that is to be recycled. I wonder how  a large drawer has so much stuffed in it that  the drawer is often jammed.

I wonder why so many people have such a drawer when all the items may have a place elsewhere.

I would like you to share what you have in your drawer or box etc and what do you call it? Is the drawer helpful for finding things or do you feel it is so full you may need to organise it better?

Leah

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Mortimer

Aug. 12, 2022, 4:34 a.m.

Just having the one drawer of clutter is in itself an organisational triumph. I’m not sure if having the luxury of space allows you to keep clutter, or it’s an economical mind that hates waste, possibly even idleness. Any flat space tends to serve as a “drawer” at ours, with layers developing that could be ultimately carbon dated if there wasn’t a periodical purge. Even the purge never fully clears the decks there’s always “seed” left to start the next collection.

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Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 12, 2022, 6:04 a.m.

I agree Mortimer…left unchecked…it grows!! Bear x

Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 8:38 a.m.

Mortimer thanks for your comment. The idea of having a purge or decluttering the drawer is important. Every so often on an expedition to the drawer I round find an item was thought to b3 lost forever.

Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 8:55 a.m.

Bear left alone it multiplies .

Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 12, 2022, 6:14 a.m.

Morning Leah, Thank you for this simple reminder about our friend Justin Case, because I do see it as a reminder that we often keep ‘stuff’ for our friend Justin Case…moments! We have had to get rid of so much ‘stuff’ when we downsized last year…so now, Mr. Bear is re-starting his man cave-hunter-gatherer-of-a-wood pile…it’s lurking behind the shed we’ve built!! In the house, we have a ‘man-drawer’ that is actually odd kitchen utensils as well as normal stuff - that won’t fit in the cutlery drawer, but now has an added tape measure, drawing pins, paper clips and elastic bands - thank you to the British posties who drop them - all handy things we ‘may’ need! I do cull things all over the house, every few months - so if stuff hasn’t been used - out it goes! Great blog Leah, hope you are doing well. Love and Bear hugs x x x

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Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 8:54 a.m.

Bear, thanks for your reply. I lost mine maybe it is in my Dawes of stuff,!!! Justin are had a sibling roundtoit at my childhood home.

Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 12, 2022, 10:13 a.m.

Lolilol xx

Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 11:32 a.m.

One has to laugh or the stuff wins.

The Gardener

Aug. 12, 2022, 7:01 a.m.

We call it a glory hole. I havve a drawer full of connection for cameras, phnes etc long since dead. My normally super daughter refuses to have my bg case on back seat of car for our journey, paranoiac about damage. Put a rug down? No. So have to put stuff for wedding in small old case (borrowed) and hat in supermarket bag. Rest of luggage stays in this hotel. Pile driverr just started up opposite, river calm, I am trying to stay so. So well organised till now. Thanks Leah x

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Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 8:43 a.m.

Glory hole that it is an interesting name. TG thanks for your comment.

Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 12, 2022, 10:16 a.m.

Aw TG - you’ve packed so well for your trip - shame dtr can’t let you bring your stuff with you. Pile Driver? Ugh I bet that’s loud! Just been in a calm river so sending my calm thoughts to you for the coming exciting days. I used the phrase Glory Hole and Mr. Bear said it meant something rude!! So had to stop saying it!! Tee hee! Love and Bear hugs x x x

Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 11:31 a.m.

Bear, I thought the phrase may mean something in Uk than in the rough colony,!!

Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 12, 2022, 12:44 p.m.

Ha ha ha!!

Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 8:19 p.m.

Smiling here!,

Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 8:52 a.m.

I wonder if anyone’s mood affects the state of the drawer of stuff. if you are full of energy do you tidy and declutter the drawer..? If very organised do you label or bag every item..? If depressed does you drawer become so jammed full you can’t open it..? Just a thought. .?

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Tutti Frutti

Aug. 12, 2022, 4:16 p.m.

I would certainly have to be in an amazingly positive mood to be able to face decluttering.

Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 8:45 p.m.

TF I agree I need to be in a positive mood as well as energetic to even think about decluttering . Also lots of chocolate!

Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 12, 2022, 10:20 a.m.

Moods affect when I can declutter anything - if I am low, it just doesn’t get done until I am able to cope - unless it is part of the problem - eg if the ironing basket is overflowing, nothing will help it go away and lift my mood until I get on and do it! Don’t label and bag things up unless they are small equivalent items….there are only so many hours in the day and I think we can get caught up in ‘doing too much’ and it can become overwhelming and a little obsessive and that is another can of worms…

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Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 11:33 a.m.

Thanks Bear for sharing how your moods affect how you deal with stuff.

Orangeblossom

Aug. 12, 2022, 10:43 a.m.

Many thanks for the blog Leah. I had a free key ring squirrelled away in the hall drawer. My OH Is good at decluttering when it comes to my stuff. I say yes because I can’t be bothered to argue with him. Needs too much energy & I have a short supply of it.

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Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 11:37 a.m.

OH i can understand about partner moving and tidying my stuff. One day I sorted out a dozen bags of books into subject areas but he saw a mess of bags and ‘tidied, the into boxes without realising I had already sorted them. I knew he was pleased I smiled but was sad inside. I was sad after all these years he feels he needs to organise me . i have short supply of energy to use on these matters.

Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 11:39 a.m.

Oops me at to say OB . Thanks for sharing .

Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 12, 2022, 12:47 p.m.

I’m sad for you too Leah, it’s his problem if he thinks you need to be organised, that’s a control issue I think. Sending Bear hugs x x x

Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 8:48 p.m.

Thanks Bear. I know when you share a home with someone, there maybe arguments about stuff. I know my mess can cause problems .

Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 12, 2022, 12:46 p.m.

Hope you don’t mind me updating everyone on Andrew-H’s progress. He is extremely tired but is doing ok. Not able to eat anything exciting yet - appears to be living on Baxter’s soups, bless him. He really appreciated all the good wishes from Moodscopers and hopes, when his energy is back and he’s not sleeping for England, that he will be able to write here himself. Thank you Leah, Love and Bear hugs x x x

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Oli

Aug. 12, 2022, 4:52 p.m.

Thanks for the update Bear and best wishes to Andrew :)

Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 8:52 p.m.

Bear I am so pleased to hear about Andrew and send him by best wishes. Not sure what Baxters soups are, maybe canned ones like Heinz ?

Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 8:53 p.m.

Oli It is good to hear about Andrew and I thank Bear for her updates.

Lexi

Aug. 12, 2022, 1:40 p.m.

We have a junk drawer. It's not very big. But it's where all the misc cords, random batteries, odd tool, weird things I can't figure out what they are but they must have a use for something, if only I could remember what it was...I do clean it out regularly. I may have thrown out something useful now and again, but I can't remember :) xo

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Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

Lexi Thanks fir the description of your drawer. The feeling one may need something one day can prevent one from throwing it out. I think the definition of sonething one needs is the thing you threw out last week,!! How are you going.?

Patty

Aug. 12, 2022, 1:58 p.m.

Hi Leah. I have one and I call it the Junk Drawer. I just reorganized it because we just moved and I have stuff from the drawer at the old house. I put things in plastic bags that belong together - paper clips and clips, pens in one, pencils in another. Although I cleaned it out, it is still full and looks a mess! There are rubber bands post-it note pads. Mine is usually a mess and then I occasionally clean it out and get it all organized, which doesn't last. My husband really throws stuff of all kinds in there and that frustrates me. If it's on the counter, he throws it in there. He can't stand things on the counters.

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Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

PattyThanks fir describing your drawer. I can relate to the items there. At least you partner throws thing from counter into drawer. A friends partner would throw anything on counter into the bin!!

Nicco

Aug. 12, 2022, 3:23 p.m.

Leah, I have a drawer but also a box, depending on what the item(s) is/are. The box holds things like odd screws that suddenly appear, odd bits of metal or plastic that look like they've fallen off something but we can't find the source & kept just in case we do discover it & whatever it is can perhaps be mended. The drawer is for things like pens & pencils that won't fit into the pencil pot but are still useable so too good to discard, xmas decs we come across that we've forgotten to take down when all the boxes have been packed away in the attic, awaiting next year to join the other decs (if we remember!) old keys we've long forgotten what they're for but keep in case we do remember. Every so often (probably once every 5yrs or so!) I have to clear the drawer out (I've never attempted the box!) You can bet on the fact that when I get the courage to throw something out or put it in the recycle bin, a few days later I discover what the item I kept was for & is of utmost importance, but alas, too late! I'm a bit of a hoarder - tend not to throw things out in case they can be found a use for - & am often disappointed afterwards when I do finally discard something. An example of this was a few days ago when I got rid of my old salt funnel for the old dishwasher we used to have that got replaced 10yrs ago. A few days later, when it had gone, I realised I could have used it to fill up the garden bird feeders - saving the seeds & grain from spilling everywhere - why I didn't think of that years ago is anyone's guess - doh!

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Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 9 p.m.

Nicco Thanks for your detailed descriptions of items in the box. As I wrote in an earlier comment one does not know one needs something until it is discarded.

Oli

Aug. 12, 2022, 3:55 p.m.

I used to have a drawer like that Leah but it turns out it's easier to put everything away in its place -- that's the only trick I use now. I've just come back from staying with my friend for a few days and first, I know not to say anything, secondly, many times every day I saw her spending time looking for things and not finding where she's left them. The whole place is cluttered. It's not the size, it's the amount of stuff that's in it, and the way every surface has piles of stuff heaped on it. Whatever you want to do, from trying to find a space to sit down and read a book, to trying to find a space to work on computer, to trying to find a space to do some exercise -- there is no space. Coming back here is bliss. I know where everything is so I don't waste time looking for it or trying to find a space to work in once I have it. My house used to be like my friend's place so no judgement from me. My clutter drawer was full of clutter. No way now, no way. It's a total waste of time and it's so ****** stressful not being able to find anything. Great blog.

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Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 9:06 p.m.

Oli Your friends place is what my place would be like if I lived alone. When I tidy things up I can never find anything so having things near by on surfaces helps me. I suppose having a place to sit and enough free surface but with a bit of friendly clutter like books and nicnacs would suit me. The trouble is many of the objects in my drawer don’t have a separate place so putting them in one place makes it easier to find. Oli thanks again for your reply.

Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 9:18 p.m.

Oli My problem is when I tidy up, I spend more time looking for items but if they are right in front of me I know where they are. I have even written down where I put things and the forgotten where I wrote it.

Tutti Frutti

Aug. 12, 2022, 4:14 p.m.

Hi Leah This topic and the fact that almost everyone else seems only to have a draw makes me feel depressed. I have most of a room which is a mix of useful stuff that I didn't have the energy or organisational skills to file (so have to spend ages trying to find), stuff with sentimental value and clutter. And it is all muddled up so that it takes ages to find most of the useful from time to time stuff. The prospect of attempting to tidy it up is completely overwhelming and awful. Not sure when I might be able to face tackling it and it is much too big a job for me to ever finish. There is a clear path to my desk chair and though my desk is messy I can easily find my calculator and main work notes. That's about the best that can be said for it at the moment. I generally just face away from the chaos and try not to think about it. The rest of the house is relatively tidy because my husband gets grumpy if it isn't. Love TF x

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Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 9:13 p.m.

TF I have more than one drawer, I have a garage full of bookshelves of stuff Thant my partner sometimes tries to tidy up until I mess it up again . I relate to your post. If we didn’t have the car in it and tools and storage items, it would be full,of books and stuff. Please don’t feel depressed I was just focusing on one drawer but there are other moodscopers who would relate to us too, Not my intention to make you feel low as I was saying how you can write about anything as the columnist suggested. Thanks again TF fir sharing your story.

Leah

Aug. 12, 2022, 9:21 p.m.

TF I can relate to no organisational skills. The only thing I have managed to do is out my keys in a key rack as soon as I get home. I do misplace my shoes.

Dragonfly

Aug. 14, 2022, 1:55 p.m.

I relate to you TF. I have a messy drawer or two, plus cupboards and an entire attic. I don't know when I'll ever have the wherewithal to tackle it. I often feel overwhelmed with the things I've kept Justin Case, or through sentimental reasons. I've tiny baby socks that wouldn't fit on my son's big toe now, along with all the toys from clear-outs that have been shoved in the attic until further notice. Many toys and clothes my grandchildren will now have outgrown without them having made any use of them, because they've been inaccessible. I wish I could just 'bippty boppity boo' and it would all be gone! I often think my attic represents my mind, and don't even get me started on emails!

Jul

Aug. 13, 2022, 7:32 a.m.

Hi Leah. Sorry I'm late replying. When I'm feeling low, I tend to want a tidy house or drawer as it shows I can be in control of something if not my mood. When I'm feeling okay, I tend not to be anxious about that sort of thing and am far less aware of mess. It just does not bother me. Jul xx

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Leah

Aug. 13, 2022, 9:11 a.m.

Jul, it is funny how we are opposites as I have no energy or motivation when low. . Thanks for your comment.

Marilyn

Aug. 13, 2022, 7:26 p.m.

We have a messy draw, after ‘Pamela’ on Gavin and Stacey helped give us this name. Rest of the house is organized but this is our little bit of chaos! I love the messy draw. Good post

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Leah

Aug. 14, 2022, 1:11 a.m.

Marilyn, Thanks for post. I could dream of only having one messy drawer.

Dragonfly

Aug. 14, 2022, 1:45 p.m.

Same here Leah. Once in a blue moon I go to great extremes to tidy and organise a drawer or cupboard, but it always reverts to its previous untidy state - not mentioning any names! Then I lose heart completely as it's taken so much energy to have done it.

Leah

Aug. 15, 2022, 8:35 p.m.

Dragonfly, yes it seems futile to tidy then knowing it will be messy in short time but thst is me, I have untidy genes,,!!

Sally

Aug. 15, 2022, 11:14 a.m.

Drawers: a work in progress. A bit like a sushi bar, the bits of ribbon, card, rolls of sellotape, old black and white photos, go round and round , and meet themselves, just in a different drawer! Folders : I diligently put the address of members of clubs and organisations I belong in a folder, a ring binder , and then forget I ever did it, or where that file is! So: retrieval system very much at fault here, I’m afraid! I despair! .

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Leah

Aug. 15, 2022, 8:38 p.m.

Sally Thanks for your reply. I agree my retrieval memory is poor. I write in a notebook where I keep objects then forget where I have put the notebook,,!!!

Sally

Aug. 16, 2022, 2:55 a.m.

Haha! Sounds just like me, Leah!

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