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Someone asked me what was in my Junk Drawer. I told her I didn’t have one, and I could tell right away that she thought I was being a little smug; a ridiculously organized decorator, superior to the rest of the universe in her controlled lack of need to corral her chaos.  

As we chatted about the drawer that everyone has, I realized that I honestly didn’t have a junk drawer, but I had something far worse – Junk Bowls! Almost every room in my house has a decorative bowl filled with miscellaneous things that I don’t know where to put. It is my solution to the drawer, but it is round, decorative, and out for everyone to see; being open about it, doesn’t make it any less junky, I just pretend (in my mind) that it is an accessory.

So, to the person who thought I was superior in my organizing, I do hope that this makes you feel better; in fact, I probably have more junk than most people do. As I waited for my computer to warm up, I grabbed the nearest bowl (I actually have five in my house) and this is just some of what was in it:

An empty roller perfume bottle (to remind me what scent to buy next time, and, I admit, I sometimes hope that the perfume will magically reappear). A watch that doesn’t work. Lip balm that I bought for my car, but forgot to put in it. Eight earrings and three necklaces that need to be repaired. Several assorted nails and screws. An expired dog license tag. An American quarter and an English penny. A hair tie, a rubber band and a button from my jeans. A safety-pin. A ring. A necklace that a boy made for me in 1979…

The list goes on, and we all know I will probably never fix the jewelry (well, I might, someday), or put away the other things, but this is what I keep – just like everyone else.

Wendy E. Wrzos http://wendyandthebluegiraffe.blogspot.com/

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Have to confess, there was a time when you could barely see my living room walls; if I could put a nail through it, or find a gizmo to attach it to, everything  got hung up. Not sure where this obsession came from, but I think, initially, it was because my house was small, and I wanted to display my ever-growing collection of vintage hats and clothing. But, honestly, I also know that I saw my walls as an endless opportunity, a blank space just waiting to be decorated.

Years later, I continue to cover my walls; moving things around to fill a corner that needs a little something, or hanging a new item that I might find at a flea market. I justify my actions by telling myself that there is a practical side to what I do, and that I am providing homes for things that otherwise would be lying in a cupboard, unappreciated. And, with that delusional thought, here are some of my favorite “hang-ups” for you to share.

Unfinished Wooden Peg Hooks, like the ones in the main photograph (above), can be used to hang just about anything. Easily painted or stained to match your home, I have used them for handbags, coats, towels, necklaces, scarves, clipboards, belts etc. (Found in most craft stores and Flea Markets).

Safety Cup Hooks are larger than regular cup hooks, and have clever little spring-catches at the top that prevents the cup from falling off. Find them at your hardware store, or on-line. (I have had mine for over 20 years now, and they are still as good as new).

Binder and Bulldog Clips. So much stronger than you think, and only limited by your imagination. Here, they have used them to hang boots and label baskets, making a great entrance-way look organized and stylish for very little money.

And, finally, one of my favorites, the cork-board. Perfect for inspiration, miscellaneous business cards or just a few things you want to keep, but don’t quite know what to do with…..

Wendy E. Wrzos  http://wendyandthebluegiraffe.blogspot.com/

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