Maybe They Do, Maybe They Don't
December 2, 2017 1:04pm CST
A junk drawer is a drawer that is used for storing a variety of miscellaneous items of a small size. The items in the junk drawer are useful items, but they are not items used that often. I buy securely-packaged batteries of desired dimensions and voltages, and I place those packages of batteries in our junk drawer. Our junk drawer houses AA, AAA, AAAA, 9V, and 3V batteries. I do believe that the batteries securely contained in their designated packages know when my husband and I are not at home. The batteries are also well-aware of the hours when my husband and I are sound asleep. When we are asleep, or out and about, those batteries break free from their packages and party hardy in that junk drawer of ours. No way will those batteries go back into their designated packages once they have tasted freedom. Those now foot-loose-and-fancy-free batteries invite all the batteries that are lying around the house to the party too. Some of those lying-around-the-house batteries may be alive or dead. Even a dead battery has a bit of life left in it to party in a junk drawer for a minute or two. Due to the regular partying done by that mix of batteries, I end up with a junk drawer full of loose batteries that may work or may not work. I just place the maybe-they-work batteries and the maybe-they-don't-work batteries that are rolling or sliding in the junk drawer in a plastic baggie. If I run out of batteries that have not broken free from their packages, I just grab that baggie of batteries that may or may not work and hope for the best.
32 people like this
• United States
Oh yes, so many batteries needed and they are so darn expensive. I was amazed that a package of 4 AAA batteries was $6.99. They say don't buy batteries at the Dollar Store because they are not as good, but I am buying them at the Dollar Store..
• Bunbury, Australia
We gather all our recalcitrant batteries together and Vince tests them with a device. The wallflowers go in the bin and the rest are allowed more partying. We now buy rechargeable and recharge those that can no longer be the life of the party. This puts the spark back in them.
• United States
That is funny, you made me laugh! I recently cleaned out my junk drawer. I was ruthless and without mercy. Despite the cries of "you'll need me someday!!!" I got rid of nearly an entire drawer of junk. I used baskets from the dollar store that were lying around to organize the rest. Then the tool drawer--like yours, my batteries roam free within the tool drawer and run from any hand that reaches in! I confined them to a basket, threw out most of the old nails and screws I'll never use, discarded broken parts that belonged to things I don't remember, and when I was done the drawer was lovely. I swear the bag I took to the trash was faintly kicking as I put it in the bin!
• Aurora, Missouri
That is hilarious, Deborah! You could tell the ones that may not have a charge that you will do terrible things to them if they don't work when you need them to... See if that "revives" them for a while! Pretty and I have a junk drawer in our kitchen. It has packs of 9 volt batteries and D and C cell batteries in it. I keep new packs of AA and AAA in my bedroom. (Sometimes a friend helps themselves to those batteries if they are in the junk drawer. SMH!) We also have a Ziploc baggie of used but still good batteries in the living room. Usually, those are the ones the friend finds. I don't care if she takes those batteries.
• Fairfield, Texas
Oh girl, I just buy batteries at the time they are needed @Corbin5 . But one thing I have learned is to NEVER leave a battery inside of an instrument (camera, whatever) that you hardly use because if you do, it will leak acid and rust whatever the 'instrument' happens to be.