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Workshop

THE RIGHT STUFF

COTTAGE HACKS

Does your junk drawer have the goods?

“It wouldn’t be a junk drawer if it was organized.” —Cottage Life Facebook fan Betty Searle
LIAM MOGAN

We polled readers on Facebook to find out what belongs in the ultimate cottage junk drawer. More than 140 weighed in, with items that ran the gamut from the almighty, omnipotent duct tape to “the random, unidentifiable keys that must be kept.” (Sad, but true, Louise Kane.) But a few items took us by surprise—highly specific, definitely useful, and the kind of “junk” you’d only find at the cottage. This ain’t no wimpy city drawer!—Braden Alexander

LIAM MOGAN. COTTER PINS, SCREEN TOOL, PLUMBING TAPE, LAMP WICK, AND MANTEL COURTESY HOME HARDWARE

“Chocolate tins keep the bits that belong together,” writes Norma Thompson. “They’re easily stacked and labelled. Plus, a tidy drawer is a treat (no pun intended).”

Glow sticks for quick illumination when the power goes out.

A spline installation tool—that pizza cutter-like thing, used to stuff screen back into its slot. “By far the most useful item,” writes Loren Vasil-Pirocchi. “There’s always a dog, a child, or an intoxicated guest going through the screen door.”

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