Other than those receipts, though, this is a valuable drawer with a few things in it that don't fit elsewhere. Here are the things I like to keep around in this catch-all drawer:
• Lighter - For candles on the dinner table and in the kitchen. (And for the gas stove, occasionally!)
• Pens - For making lists and marking up recipes I test.
• Rubber bands - Saved from produce bunches and used to close up open bags.
• Cut flower food - I always seem to have extra packets of flower food, which I save to use in fresh replacement water for older bunches of flowers.
• Scissors - Where would a kitchen be without scissors? I use these constantly.
What do you have in your "junk" drawer, and does it need a good clearing-out? How can you make it more useful for your kitchen?
(Image: Faith Durand)