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    26 Non-Junk Things To Keep In Your Junk Drawer

    We all have that one drawer where everything goes to die, and most of it is probably crap we don't need any more. But there are also gadgets and gizmos aplenty that actually are useful to have on hand. Here are some goodies that deserve a spot in your junk drawer, but are absolutely, positively not junk.

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    1. A clever multipurpose tool that opens to reveal a menagerie of animal friends ready to cater to your every need.

    It includes seven tools (a flathead and a Phillipshead screwdriver, a file, a wire stripper, a hole puncher, a bottle opener, and a utility knife), plus the friendly faces of a rhino, a hippo, and a llama. Keep it in your drawer for emergencies and take it with you on any upcoming adventures. You'll be prepared for any situation, no matter how wild.

    Promising review: "This is a cute and clever do-everything tool that can also be mounted on a keychain. It's well-made and durable." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.70.

    2. Some great scissors (because those little craft ones you've had since sixth grade no longer cut it), like this pair with over 2,000 positive Amazon reviews.

    Promising review: "I couldn't be happier with my purchase! I'm disabled and have very poor use of my hands, but these scissors slide over my fingers smoothly and comfortably. The blade (along the entire length of the scissor, from base to tip and anywhere in between) can cut anything from light paper to heavy, thick tape with ease. I'm getting enough of them to keep in every room of the house!" β€”Kiki Riley

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.89.

    3. A double-sided electronics cleaning brush to make all your devices look brand-spankin' new.

    Promising review: "My laptop hasn't been this clean since I bought it! This brush works much better than compressed air cleaning. Using the rubbery end, you can even clean off the finger-tracker; and using the little brush, you can get rid of all those annoying little crumbs that impede your keyboard performance and make it look dirty. I wish I'd taken before and after pictures β€” the difference is astonishing! I was skeptical, but this little tool is worth the price." β€”

    Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    4. Some nice nail clippers like this scaly duo Ariel would totally kill to add to her grotto.

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $3.99.

    5. A little bottle of hand sanitizer in a yummy scent like strawberry or coconut, so your whole house doesn't smell like a doctor's office after you put it on.,

    Get the strawberry for $2.50 or the coconut for $5, both from The Body Shop.

    6. A stocked mini sewing kit you'll be sew glad to have in tricky wardrobe stitch-uations.

    This one includes scissors, 12 spools of thread, measuring tape, 16 needles, three buttons, two needle threaders, a safety pin, two straight pins, a seam ripper, and a thimble. Plus, it's super compact (the case is an approximately four-inch square).

    Promising review: "This is a cute little sewing kit. It's great for someone like me who doesn't really sew but needs to make the occasional repair. It has everything I need to fix a button, small hole, or my son's favorite stuffed animal, plus a bunch of extras. And it's all packaged in a nice case that holds everything in place." β€”Tina

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    7. A mini LED flashlight so you can take Dumbledore's advice and turn on the light even in the darkest of times.

    They require AAA batteries, which are also not a bad thing to have in your junk drawer!

    Promising review: "I'm very happy with these flashlights. I use them to take my dog outside at night. They're tiny and easy to carry, but provide enough light to see. They also work great indoors. I like that the on/off button is on the end of the light, so you don't have to fumble around trying to locate it. I'm also going to put one in my purse since they're so lightweight and sturdy." β€”Tuxedo Cat

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $9.99.

    8. Classic Tide To Go, which is the perfect, lazy way to remove stains even when you're not on the go.

    I actually find that I use these more when I'm at home than when I'm out and about. The number of times I've spilled something on my couch cushion and been saved by one of these babies is so high it's embarrassing.

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $5.99.

    9. A glasses repair kit so compact and convenient, it's easy to see why you need it. Well, at least it will be once you fix your glasses.,

    This super handy kit includes extra nose pads, assorted nuts and screws, and a double-ended screwdriver with both Phillips head and flat tips. Plus, over 1,400 four-eyed Amazon reviewers love it.

    Promising review: "Anyone who owns a pair of glasses should have one of these, just in case! It really saved me when one of the nose pads on my glasses broke. Plus, there are plenty of spare parts for readers, sunglasses, or whatever type of glasses you have." β€”R. Bryan

    Get it from Amazon for $6.69.

    10. Some emergency cash safely stashed in discreet fabric envelopes because you never know when you'll need to take the money and run (or, you know, tip a delivery guy).

    The different colors make it easy to set aside (and remember) cash for different purposes, and a breeze to find your moolah in a cluttered drawer or bag.

    Promising review: "These work well! I love that there are magnets to keep them closed. Plus, they come with stickers so you can label them." β€”ss612

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $19.95 (available in four color combinations).

    11. Pretty and practical gel pens sure to make you smile every time you write a note-to-self.

    Promising review: "I love these! They last a long time (I've had them for a whole semester now and none of them have run out of ink), the colors are vibrant and they write very smoothly." β€”Cameron Cook

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $6.92+ (available in two pattern combinations).

    12. Some mini notepads for recording all your genius thoughts or your equally important grocery list.

    These are also the perfect size for a purse or pocket.

    Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $12.97 (available in three design combinations).

    13. Fun push pins for displaying all your memos with tack-t.

    Get a set of eight from jimclift on Etsy for $12.95.

    14. An extra pair of earbuds for when your usual pair inevitably gets lost or tangled. This is 2018, people β€” a day without my headphones feels like a day in the Dark Ages.

    In fact, this super-affordable pair may even replace your old faves β€” over 44,000 Amazon reviewers swear by them!

    Promising review: "These sound as good as any of the other earbuds I've had that have cost $75 or more. I'm astounded! I use these for running, and I figured for $8, I could afford to sweat up a few of these and replace them whenever I needed to. But I'VE RUN 1,500 MILES WITH THESE in the last year and a half! I've gone through four pairs of New Balance shoes, two iPod Shuffles, and three pairs of sunglasses, but I'm on the same set of earbuds! They still sound great!" β€”Gene Goodell

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review here.

    Get them from Amazon for $7.89+ (available in eight colors and with or without a mic).

    15. A basic first aid kit so you can go full Dr. House even when your friend just has a paper cut.

    "Stay calm, I just need to grab something out of my junk drawer."

    This mini kit includes three antiseptic wipes, two packets of antibiotic ointment, two sting relief wipes, sixteen assorted bandages, two safety pins (one small, one large), and a razor blade.

    Promising review: "This thing is fantastic. You're not going to save someone from a fatal injury with what's in this tin, but it's great for day-to-day cuts, scrapes, and stings. It's definitely a nice thing to have on hand, and it's so small

    that it's hardly an inconvenience to store." β€”Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $5.64.

    16. Some sweet sticky notes to help you make like an elephant and never forget your most crucial to-dos. These pads are so cute, it won't be a bird-en.

    Can your roommate even get mad about a passive-aggressive reminder to take out the trash if it's written on a pink elephant? I really don't think so.

    Get a set of two 100-sheet pads from Amazon for $3.29+ (available in two animals).

    17. A luxe lip balm like this cruelty-free one with SPF 25. You'll love it so much, you'll probably want one in every drawer in your house.

    Promising review: "I love this stuff. So many lip balms I've tried seemed to remedy chapped lips immediately, but didn't provide any long-term moisture. My lips are noticeably less dry and cracked after using this stuff for a week. I wear lipstick regularly, which can dry out my lips, but if I apply this beforehand they stay moisturized throughout the entire day. It is not overly sticky, but it feels hydrating and gives a nice shine to your lips. It's definitely worth it!" β€”Alexis F

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50 (available in five scents).

    18. A pack of super-strong poster tack that's also great for hanging heavier objects or for whenever you need an easy adhesive around the house.,

    This versatile putty is reusable and can even be used to make quick repairs in a pinch β€” one reviewer says he used it to re-adhere a part of his TV remote!

    Promising review: "I wasn't having any luck with Command Strips on our walls, so I thought I'd try using this to hang a couple of canvas pictures. I used several balls of putty around the edges, and it worked much better than the strips. Plus, there hasn't been any damage when I've had to take it off the walls." β€”Logan.

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    19. A cool bottle opener so you'll look resourceful AF every time you open a drink (even if you can barely screw in a lightbulb irl).

    It's made of cast iron, so it'll feel as sturdy as it looks.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $19 (available in wrench or hammer styles).

    20. A handy lint roller (be it basic or fun) that's a must have for anyone with a shedding pet and/or a love of black clothing.,

    Get a set of two basic rollers from Amazon for $9.05 or the cacti roller from Forever 21 for $2.90.

    21. A rich shea butter lotion your hands will thank you for πŸ™Œ.

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    Promising review: "I'm a flight attendant, and my hands get super dry because of the dry air on planes and from constantly washing them. This is the only cream that keeps my hands hydrated! It's amazing! I especially love the lavender scent β€” it's just strong enough to enjoy, but not so strong that everyone else is forced to smell it as well." β€”cpetret

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    22. Some adorable bag clips (be they wildlife-inspired or bright and magnetic) that really are all that and a bag of chips.,

    Get six of the woodland critters from Amazon for $7.95, or get four of the colorful magnetic clips from Amazon for $6.99.

    23. A pack of surface cleaning wipes that are clearly great for glass and mirrors, but also for every other grubby surface in your home as well.,

    Promising review: "These really are clutch. You'll never need to spray and swipe again. They also do a great job on the sink and toilet. They're sturdy, don't smell, and are extremely moist. It's a little more expensive than just using a spray and wiping it off, but it's 2018. Let's live a little and kill two birds with one stone, unless the bird flies into your pristine window first (which might happen, they really do work great)." β€”Capital City Nittany

    Get them from Amazon through Prime Pantry for $3.09.

    24. Some cheery washi tape that's not like regular masking tape, it's cool tape.,,

    Promising review: "These are so beautiful, I have to stop myself from using them on everything! I love these! They're especially great for wrapping gifts." β€”RKHNC

    Get the artsy designs or the food for $9.95 or the stars and lightning bolts for $7.67, all from Amazon.

    25. Something fun and silly that's also practical, like some squishy fidget toys or a truly magical external battery.,

    If there's one thing I know to be true in this chaotic world, it's that everyone should have something whimsical in their junk drawer.

    Get a set of four kitty squishies for $5.99 or the unicorn charger for $13.99+ (available in nine colors), both from Amazon.

    26. And finally, keep all your not-junk tidy with a genius customizable drawer organizer.

    The kit includes a grippy silicone mat that you can cut to fit your drawer, plus fifteen divider pieces (in assorted sizes) that can be positioned any way you like to keep all your goodies in their rightful place.

    Promising review: "Perhaps you are fortunate enough to have a kitchen with separate knife and junk drawers. I don’t! So when I fount this drawer organizing system, I snatched it up. It’s been keeping my combo knife/junk drawer in order ever since. The non-slip silicone base is lined in a grid, which makes cutting it to size with a pair of scissors easy. The little nubs, aka Divitz, stick securely to the surface and don’t budge when you’re rummaging through your drawer. But if you want to reposition them, it’s not an excruciating task, and my kit came with way more than I needed." β€”Elizabeth Lilly. Read her full review here (#11).

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in two colors).

    Don't let this be you.


    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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