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    Updated on Sep 30, 2020. Posted on Sep 24, 2020

    33 Things That Belong In The Junk Drawer Hall Of Fame

    Yes, a pair of scissors, some chip clips, a Tide pen, and a pad of Corgi-butt sticky notes can all live in perfect harmony even in the most disorganized of circumstances.

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    1. A six-pack of Scotch Magic Tape rolls because you can't really wrap presents without them. And with six rolls, odds are you'll always be able to find at least one in the drawer.

    A green and black plaid roll of Scotch tape in a plastic dispenser
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Get yourself this batch of tape and hide it in your closest. I promise you this will result in a happier life. You can store one of the rolls downstairs in the family junk drawer for easy access (for the commoners/kids) but keep them in your closest. You'll thank yourself when you're up at midnight wrapping gifts and need a smooth roll of tape." —Judith A Crawford

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    2. An 8-ounce bottle of Goo Gone for safely removing stickers, labels, decals, and more importantly the residue those things leave behind.

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    Promising review: "Easily removes sticker residue. The only thing I would recommend is don't remove the silver foil at the mouth of the bottle, instead pierce the foil with a pin, and then use it as a squirty bottle. This will be much easier to manage the flow of the liquid as you only need a very small amount." —Joe90

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    3. A pack of Corgi sticky notes because a big old floof-butt will surely be a more helpful reminder than a pale yellow square of paper.

    Colorful sticky notes featuring the fluffy butts of a red and a black tri corgi
    Crafty Corgi House / Etsy

    Crafty Corgi House is an Etsy shop founded in 2020 and based in Mission Viejo, California that specializes in Kawaii Corgi stationery and craft supplies.

    Promising review: "Arrived in a great time! The owner included a sweet note and candy! Will be looking to purchase from them again! Thank you!" —Steffani Baty

    Get it from Crafty Corgi House on Etsy for $4.50+ (available in two styles).

    4. A five-setting, adjustable focus LED tactical flashlight to light the way during any emergency. Plus it's waterproof for handling any under-the-sink plumbing problems.

    Reviewer's side-by-side image of the black flashlight in-hand turned off and turned off
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is the brightest small LED flashlight I’ve ever had. It fits conveniently in the kitchen 'junk drawer' and is ready for any dark corners inspection or repair." —Sharon C

    Get it from Amazon for $8.59.

    5. A pack of reusable Loctite Fun-Tak mounting putty so you can hang your favorite posters and pictures up without damaging the walls. Also great for stopping vibrations of rattling windows, hanging decorations, and keeping things under 1 pound in place.

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    Promising review: "BEHOLD. This is my K-pop (shrine) wall. Every poster and photocard you see in this picture is plastered to my wall with the Loctite mounting putty. I am in love with this product and use it religiously for anything that goes on my wall ... It STAYS sticky no matter what. You also do not need a whole lot. The tiniest bit can stick something and keep it there forever. I have only bought this product once, I stuck everything you see in that picture to my wall, and I STILL have one-and-a-half sticks left." —Madison Terwilliger

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    6. A set of two retractable-blade box cutters, because all that cardboard piling up really needs to be cut down to size. Includes a handy refill pouch with five extra blades for when all that slicing gets dull.

    A box cutter with the blade extended about to cut some cardboard boxes
    Amazon

    Promising review: "In consideration of the amount of stuff I order, it seemed worth it to order a new box cutter. I keep one in the garage for opening and breaking down boxes instead of hauling them into the house to do it. For years, I have been using an antique cheap little plastic piece of junk that came from who-knows-where. Most likely a gumball machine. So, I decided to really live it up and buy a new box cutter. I found this pair and they looked nice. Are they ever! They're also better than the more sturdy metal ones kept in the house. They work very well, cut very easily and smoothly. Great purchase!" —Jazmine von Holzrand
    Get it from Amazon for $12.98.

    7. A three-pack of Tide To Go instant stain-remover pens to immediately attack stains when you don't have the chance to change clothes or get to the laundry. Doesn't contain bleach.

    Three orange Tide pens in their packaging
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these stain pens! They last a very long time also. Buying the pack of three made it nice to have one in my purse, car, and in the junk drawer for the house. I use them for car seat stains, my shoes, even on my beige bedspread from my dog getting dirt from her paws! They haven’t failed me on a stain yet! Amazed every time." —Angel

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97.

    8. A ChomChom Roller pet hair remover that'll make you question if you even own any pets after you've completely cleaned off all that shedding (at least for a few seconds, until the critters jump back on couch or bed). The best part? No adhesive papers to replace. Just use it over and over again.

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    Promising review: "We live in a household that contains two humans, two dogs, and two cats. It's a real Noah's Ark furnished with a black sectional couch. Our dogs absolutely hate the vacuum. So much so they will attack the cleaner head with their vicious bite even before we power it on. This makes the task of cleaning our couch extremely unpleasant and nearly impossible. Thanks to Chom Chom, we no longer have this problem! With a simple, quick, SOUNDLESS sweep, we're able to keep our couch pet-hair-free in blissful peace. This tool does an amazing job picking up pet hair but not so much with crumbs." —Magpie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    9. A six-pack of Bic "EZ Reach" lighters to make lighting candles (or whatever else you plan on setting fire to) that much easier. No finger burns here.

    A rainbow array of Bic lighters with black tops
    Walmart

    Promising review: "This is brilliant! It's like a hybrid of a regular Bic lighter and their utility lighter. I have one in my toolbox for this and that, and one on my coffee table for those jar candles that used to be impossible to light. I'll probably get more for the kitchen and for outside stuff. Where has this been all my life?" —Christopher

    Get it from Walmart for $17.99.

    10. A two-pack of Westcott Titanium-bonded scissors, because you are sure to misplace one pair of these scissors and you'll always know the other is in the junk drawer.

    A model's hand using a pair of gray and orange scissors
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Perfect 'junk drawer' scissors. Just the right size to use on anything around the house. Work for left-handed people too with no issues." —Kelsey Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $9.88.

    11. A seven-pack of large Command utility hooks for holding up to five pounds of whatever you need to hang on a wall without doing any damage to that wall either.

    White Command hooks on a wall holding hats, lunch bags, and shirts
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I picked up a pack of large hooks and a pack of medium hooks to use on the back of my pantry door to hold my various Swiffer cleaning tools, and they work like a charm! They stick very well to the smooth wooden door and have been up for quite a while without falling off yet. I firmly believe that Command hooks are one of the best ideas ever, and I am very glad they have such a large assortment of sizes for almost anything you need to hang up." —M. Carenza

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five quantities).

    12. A two-color pack of felt furniture pads, which you can think of as "coasters" for your wooden, laminate or tiled floors.

    Brown and beige furniture pad stickers in circles, squares, and strips
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have wood floors and it’s so annoying to hear the chairs move without protectors and the couches when cleaning. But now with these new protectors, the floor is safe and I don’t have to worry about the floor getting any scratches. They are very durable and come in various sizes which is pretty great." —Vanie

    Get it from Amazon for $11.91.

    13. A pack of 100 releasable and reusable multi-purpose zip ties that won't turn into single-use plastics. Also comes with three, super-convenient cable organizers.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These zip ties are versatile and great for organizing as well as in the garden. They are made of durable nylon and they are weatherproof. I love how they are reusable, so all I need to do is press down to release and reposition them if needed. Other zip ties I have purchased are not reusable and need to be cut and then discarded. These are great if you are trying to protect the environment since they can be used over and over again. We use these at home to organize our cables. My husband likes using these in the garden to keep our plants growing at the optimum angle. If you are looking for zip ties, this set of 100 reusable zip ties are the ones to buy!" —Amy S.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    14. A state bottle opener made from recycled raw steel so you'll never damage the edge or a table or counter again trying to open a bottle like you did in college. Plus, "Go State!"

    Dark metal bottle openers shaped like various states
    RV Metalshop / Etsy

    RV Metalshop is an Etsy store founded in 2014 and based in Pine Log, Georgia that designs and creates sustainably recycled steel pieces for decorations and bottle openers.

    Promising review: "It's made with thick metal so I'm not worried about it breaking! The edges are smoothed so I'm not worried about accidentally hurting myself. It's about the size of my hand which is 7.5 inches long." —MeKayla Mitchell
    Get it from RV Metalshop on Etsy for $12 (all 50 states, DC, and the entire United States).

    15. An all-in-one, small hole repair applicator tool for fixing dings and nicks in your walls. Apply the spackle from the tube (there's built-in primer), use the end of the tube as a putty knife, and then sand with the pad on the top. Genius!

    Model's hand holding a white tube of spackle to patch a hole in the wall
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a really handy little tool! It's probably less bang for your buck compared to the bucket of spackle but makes up for this in how simple and useful it is. I used it to fill small holes from hanging pictures prior to repainting. This will live in our 'junk drawer' so it can be accessed easily for any miscellaneous hole-filling needs." —BB

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97.

    16. A nylon-coated 12-foot tape measure that you'll use for almost every home-related project, be it finding a new couch or hanging picture frames and will serve as a constant reminder to always measure twice, cut once.

    A bright yellow tape measure with an extended portion showing the actual tape measurements
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Wow. You might think, 'what can be so amazing about a measuring tape.' Well, I have been a professional carpenter for years, and I just bought this little guy to have on hand for those quick little household projects where I don't want to drag out my whole tool belt. I wasn't expecting much for the price I paid. But here's why it's amazing: 1) lightweight 2) nylon-coated blade so it has a super-smooth motion 3) even though it is only 3/4 inch wide blade, the extra curvature makes it able to extend surprisingly far without support. So that's why it gets a 'Wow' rating. It's way more than I expected for the price — truly a superior product." —Travel Consultant

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    17. A simple spool of packing string for tying up packages and securing paper goods for recycling. Also comes in handy for pseudo-rustic decorating projects.

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    Promising review: "After struggling for years trying to keep birthday and other occasions wrapping paper on hand I got fed up. I got an all-occasion print on brown bag wrapping paper and this jute. Also, some matching name tags and my worries are at an end. The jute wraps the paper very nicely in a variety of ways and you can make super cute bows with it or just a plain loop bow looks great. People love the uniqueness and are very happy to receive it." —Prof

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in seven colors).

    18. A set of 13 wood-colored markers and wax sticks with a sharpener to touch-up or cover-up scratches and stains in floors, tables, desks, or whatever woodwork has taken a beating in your home.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "Used this on our dining room chairs, laminate flooring, and our oak end table. The assortment of colors is the biggest plus for this product. Where needed to help blend in each color I used WD-40 on a soft cloth and a very fine steel wool. The color I selected for the wood laminate matched perfectly. The dining chairs and end tables needed some blending due to the wood grain. This kit is the best I have ever used. I highly recommend it." —Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    19. A Leatherman multi-tool, which is actually 14 tools in one (including a knife, pliers, screwdriver, wire cutter, wire stripper, scissors, package opener, bottle and can opener, a file, a ruler, and more). There's no need for an entire toolbox when this guy can easily fit in your pocket (or junk drawer).

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Great value and quality, I've already bought several as gifts and everyone loves them. I keep on in my car and in my camping gearbox. Anybody familiar with Leatherman knows they make good quality products. The only consideration is the tools on each Leatherman multitool. For the money, this is the best value of all the Leatherman Multis. Cheap enough so that if it gets lost or scratched up you won't cry too much. I like that the knife blade is on the outside so that you do not have to unfold the thing to deploy it. The fit and finish just shines quality. There are cheaper multis out there and I've tried them all, in the end, I keep coming back to Leatherman." —Avg. Joe

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

    20. An eight-pack of AmazonBasics AA high-capacity rechargeable batteries and charger, because you're always running out of batteries at the worst time and these can be juiced up hundred of times before being properly recycled.

    Eight lime green and gray colored Amazon rechargeable AA batteries and a black charger
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I’ve dabbled with other brands of rechargeable batteries, but have found that these not only last the longest, but seem to recharge more quickly. In the long run, they’re not only more economical, but better on the environment. The packaging is mostly cardboard, except for the plastic shrink wrap. The plastic uses recycle code '1' which is purportedly one of the safer and easier to recycle categories of plastic." —Low Tech Grandma

    Get it from Amazon for $35.48.

    21. A tube of Gorilla Super glue gel that'll dry in 10-45 seconds and bond to plastic, wood, metal, ceramic, rubber, leather, paper and more.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Takes longer than expected to dry but it flawlessly fixed a ceramic Buddha my cleaning lady broke. I was very sad because when I looked to replace the broken ceramic is out of stock everywhere or going for hundreds of dollars and when I bought it was $12 at Home Goods. This glue did an amazing job at fixing it and I’m very happy." —Valuedprimecitizen

    Get it from Amazon for $6.48.

    22. A 6-in-1 multicolor pen so you'll have multiple options for making color-coded notes. Also, this pen is going to be super hard to lose even at the bottom of the junk drawer.

    Four multi-colored pens in clear plastic
    The Fine Print Paperie / Etsy

    The Fine Print Paperie is a Black-woman-owned Etsy shop founded in 2011 and based in Sacramento, California that makes bold, bright, and beautiful paper, planner decor, and pens.

    Promising review: "Love it! It was just what I needed for my planner. Thank you!" —K.L. Burns

    Get it from The Fine Print Paperie on Etsy for $3.89.

    23. A pack of 100 pre-moistened lens wipes to keep all those screens (tablets, smartphones, monitors) as well as glasses and camera lenses squeaky clean and smudge-free (until you immediately smudge them again).

    A blue and white box of lens wipes with a light gray wipe cloth
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Nice towelette made for cleaning phone and tablet screens with no hazy film. Wipes dry quickly so you need to use them immediately after opening. May need a few to clean the surface of your tablet or laptop, but they do a great job." —Webster

    Get it from Amazon for $8.55.

    24. A four-pack of Sharpie "King Size" permanent markers, because maybe a label maker isn't your thing and you just want to write as big as you possibly can on your cardboard canvas.

    A model's hand holding a large black ink Sharpie marker writing on a cardboard box
    Amazon

    Promising review: "'Appreciate the small things in life.' When packing for our move I used these thick markers to label boxes so the movers knew what room each box belonged to and so I knew what was in each box. These markers were a huge help!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.37+ (available in multiple counts).

    25. A Stanley all-in-one, six-way screwdriver to handle nearly every screw-size (except super tiny ones) for nearly any simple home project without having to drag out an entire toolbox.

    A black and yellow handled screwdriver with flat and Phillips heads
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I put this in my junk drawer in the kitchen. Anytime I need to do a quick repair, there it is. The tip sizes work for everything I have needed and it for and you can quickly change from one to another. Highly recommended for your junk drawer, the car, or your desk at work." —Exbadger
    Get it from Amazon for $8.89.

    26. A 16-piece set of furniture sliders for carpeted and hard floor surfaces to cut down on as much heavy lifting as possible. Why carry a couch when you can glide it instead?

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Should have gotten these years ago. They are absolutely wonderful. I can move heavy furniture easily without damaging hardwood floors or getting stuck in area rugs. Because the legs of my furniture are thick and cover them almost completely, I keep them under everything and can move furniture to vacuum. Really great!" —MMLELL

    Get it from Amazon for $12.89.

    27. A rubber band ball, because yes, rubber bands do actually come from somewhere and they don't just magically appear in your drawer. Also great for bouncing off the wall.

    Reviewer's hand holding a colorful ball of rubber bands
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "If you haven't had one of these... you're missing out. Instead of a container or drawer full of loose rubber bands - you have an easy to use 'ball' of rubber bands. It's brilliant. I purchased one about four years ago and just ran out, so this is a replacement. Perfect." —ForeverYOUNG

    Get it from Amazon for $8.32.

    28. A five-pack of Scotch-Brite lint rollers (475 sheets total) to eliminate any and all fur, fuzz, hair from your wardrobe or furniture. As a bonus, you'll be able to wear all your black clothes again.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "At first I wasn't sure about these.... they're a little less sticky that some others that I have used, but I have come to appreciate it that they are only picking up what they need and leaving the other fibers alone. They sheets have a vinyl feel compared to other more paper-y ones. It takes a few passes and multiple sheets to get everything, but as a dog owner who is using this daily, I think it will be healthier for my clothes. Also, they are extremely sticky to each other, so be careful when storing them." —Steven

    Get it from Amazon for $13.49.

    29. A pack of 30 multi-colored, PVC-coated, steel-wire utility clips for keeping chips crispy, cereal crunchy, and anything else you can attach them to closed up tight.

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    Promising review: "These clips are sturdy, dishwasher-safe and can be used for just about anything. They keep my cereal and chip bags closed tightly, can clip several items together on my desk, and look great when hanging student work in my classroom." —TwistedChick

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    30. A light (but still heavy-duty) staple-free stapler that folds (up to five) pages together. You'll never have to steal staples from work ever again (Other office supplies are still totally up for grabs).

    Model's hand holding a lime green stapler
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great little device. I really hate staples and staplers when they don't work, you run out of staples, they get stuck, you have to pull them out. I feel like I spend more time fixing the stupid thing and looking for staples than the time it takes to staple. This is no muss no fuss! Granted it doesn't work for everything, but for a few, pages, is great!" —Chloe Kendahl
    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in four colors).

    31. A classic Victorinox Swiss Army pocket knife with seven basic functions (blade, scissors, nail file, screwdriver, keyring, toothpick, and tweezers). The best part? You don't even have to serve in the Swiss military to get one.

    A red Swiss Army knife with scissors, a blade, and a file
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Well constructed and looks just like the picture. I see where you can order new 'toothpicks' for these now too! I will keep these knives in mind when I hunt for next year's stocking stuffer gifts! You could keep one in a bedside table drawer, in the car, in the junk drawer...inexpensive and very useful!" —Claudia Frace

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98 (available in 32 colors).

    32. A compact pencil sharpener with a screw-on lid to keep those shavings from getting all over the place. Bring new life to dull pencils without batteries or electricity (just like in the olden days).

    A blue plastic pencil sharpner with a black top next to some sharpened pencilse
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Fantastic pencil sharpeners! No more kids with dull pencils at homework time. I ordered three (one for each kid and one for the junk drawer just in case)." —E. Waddell

    Get it from Amazon for $4.00+ (available in assorted colors and quantities).

    33. A set of 16 interlocking organizer trays so you can turn the chaos of any junk drawer into an orderly space where you can always find exactly what you're looking for.

    Gray plastic drawer organizers filled with classic junk drawer items
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I used to hate having to go into my kitchen utility drawer because I would spend a long time searching for something. Typically I couldn't find it because it was a mess and I would just give up. Now that I've organized everything using this product, it's so easy to find what I'm looking for ... I used to look everywhere to try and find a pen. Well, I actually found eight pens, 10 pencils, and eight mechanical pencils hidden in my drawer. Now they're organized and easy to get to." —James DaRoot

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    Remember, even if your drawer is a complete mess you can still make the most of it with the right junk.

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