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Thread: Anyone remember the junk bowl?

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    My little grandson loves me to tell him about the old days and I keep thinking I've told him everything but next time I'll have to tell him about the junk bowl.

    I love most of my memories of the good old days. I was born in 47 and life was still very simple back then. What I remember every household having was a junk bowl. Now of course we have junk drawers and bins and rooms and sometimes garages. Well I don't know about everyone but I do.

    Anyway in our junk bowl we had just little misc items like rubber bands and a pencil, maybe a pen. We would have a stick of gum or two and a book of matches. There might be a pair of scissors and scotch tape if we were lucky but in general, those were always lost somewhere in the house because someone forgot to put them back in the bowl.

    I grew up in a home that would be considered very minimalist, I'm sure there were junk bowls that had lots more in them but I kind of liked the fact that there was no clutter. Clutter belonged in the junk bowl. Can you imagine just a bowl full of clutter in the whole house?

    I've got so much clutter and Stuff I can hardly stand it anymore.

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    I do that with baskets.

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    LOL... those are found here... Drawers, tins, etc. etc. some are organized tho, with labels :)
    What's that called organized clutter, ;) ( do those words belong together ? ) Hummm :)

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    wow to only have one clutter bowl. I think I have a couple in every room.

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    Mom's kitchen had two tiny junk drawers. They were FULL of all kinds of things. Lots of little things. And every Christmas some little grandchild would pull one all the way out! Good times.

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    Ours was wooden and worn with a big split down the side...I remember alot from the "old days". I was born in '57. That was before mascara came in tubes. My Dad use to fix the TV all by himself with a mirror on the floor and pliers and those cool looking tubes. LOLOL!!!!!!!

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    That's when the drawer would get cleaned out.
    Quote Originally Posted by Novice.for.now
    Mom's kitchen had two tiny junk drawers. They were FULL of all kinds of things. Lots of little things. And every Christmas some little grandchild would pull one all the way out! Good times.

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    I have one drawer.

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    I wish all my junk would fit in a bowl! :D

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    Oh the memories. We had a junk bowl on top of the fridge. It was also wooden and loaded up. If you needed it, it was in there.

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    We have a drawer. screw driver..pliers...hammer...kitchen
    sissors, glue, clips for chips...etc...etc. When it gets
    where we have trouble closing it, we clean it out together so that we don't throw away each other's good junk. However, we don't use the 'j' word..we just call it "the drawer". Everybody's gotta have one!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Ruthie
    That's when the drawer would get cleaned out.
    Quote Originally Posted by Novice.for.now
    Mom's kitchen had two tiny junk drawers. They were FULL of all kinds of things. Lots of little things. And every Christmas some little grandchild would pull one all the way out! Good times.
    LOL, it became sort of a of tradition. One year, mom's son-in-law was THE one. And he hated it! Yes, mom cleaned them out several times, but they always filled back up. It was kinda sad when we cleaned them out for the last time after the parents were both gone. We siblings all paused to remember our times together as a big family.

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    When I was growing up, we had those old covered glass "refridgerator" dishes for junk. I think mom still uses one for junk. The other one I stole and it is now a butter dish.

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    I grew up with a junk drawer in our house. I thought it was mandatory to have one in everyone's house.

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    I was born in 1946 and at first didn't remember having a "junk bowl". But someone mentioned a wooden bowl? That was our junk bowl; it was wooden and had a few things in it. We wern't poor, but definetly not rich, so didn't have a lot of extra stuff like everyone has now a days. Thanks for the memories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Novice.for.now
    Mom's kitchen had two tiny junk drawers. They were FULL of all kinds of things. Lots of little things. And every Christmas some little grandchild would pull one all the way out! Good times.
    the JUNK drawer....we had that growing up...now, it is called the living room...some days....

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    We had a small metal cabinet in the kitchen with a drawer in the top. EVERYTHING that did not have a standard spot in the house fit into that drawer. My mom still has the cabinet but it has been delegated to the garage. Think I will check out whats in it the next time I visit.

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    My mom had a ceramic chicken, it looked like it was intended to be a planter, about 10". Whenever we asked mom for a needle and thread (or other little things) we were told "look in the chicken". It makes me smile to think of the chicken dish, thanks for posting this. :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    I have several junk drawers and a junk bowl on the island in the kitchen. Well, it's really a fruit bowl , but junk ends up in there also. LOL

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    In my dreams I have a clutter free house but something always happens to it before I wake up. LOL

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    yes, my mom had a junk drawer and also a candy drawer

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    If I had a junk bowl these days it would be the size of a small swimming pool.

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    I also was born in 46. My Mom died in 56, but I remember a cookie jar, blue with flowers on it being the junk bowl. I can still picture it sitting on a little table under the window in the kitchen. Good memories. It's those little things in our lives that make us smile!!!

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    I still have a junk bowl on the kitchen bench for elastic bands, paper clips, and assorted small pieces. Down the bottom is a small sound box from a Dr Who toy which still says "EXTERMINATE!" whenever it is disturbed! I keep forgetting it is there until I disturb it again, and I jump every time.

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    My family didn't have a junk bowl; we used a whole drawer. In fact I have one now. I tend to keep twistie ties (of all sizes) in it since those are handy for just about everything. :)

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