Before buying our house, we never had enough drawer space to have a junk drawer. We did have a lot of cords and electronic accessories so we had a “cord and battery drawer” in the bottom of a side table. We still have it, and today we went through it all. We found so many cords that we didn’t know what they went to, plus a bunch of cords that we did know where they belonged – with something we no longer owned! This is the gallon bag I am bringing to Best Buy to recycle these cords:
Some things that went in this bag included:
- Old cell phone/camera chargers (The cell phones are no longer in our possession)
- Phone cords (we only use ours for the internet, and we don’t need extra)
- Computer charger that was broken
- Cords that we didn’t know what they belonged with
We also threw away a lot, such as:
- Old memory cards we’ll never be able to use again
- Multiple camera straps
- Dead batteries
- Broken earbuds
We kept chargers and adapters we use.
I labeled anything that wasn’t already with bread ties and Sharpie.
Also, used twist ties to contain the cords. (Or, once, a toilet paper tube for a longer cord.)
Used battery containers from the Container Store (found here) to contain batteries of all sizes. I don’t have any C batteries right now and I used the C-sized container to keep extra size AAs.
Some things I love to have that I keep in this drawer also:
- A battery checker
- A reusable battery charger
This is the drawer now. It includes
- battery checkers
- battery charging device
- mini flashlight
- less-used earbuds
- mini tripod for camera
- old disposable camera that I’ll use up and find some place to develop
- old iPod Nano that I only use on long car rides (and the adapter to go with it)
- camera when I’m not using it – then I don’t lose it so much
Of course, I have other chargers and electronic accessories that I do not keep in this drawer – such as both our cell phone chargers (used nightly), my laptop charger (used regularly), bigger flashlights, etc.
Do you have a place to store your cords? Have you ever gone through it?