Today is cold and grey. That is not so bad except that yesterday was like spring. So now I am spoiled. I have to find something to do. I will wait until it is warm again to plant the flowers I bought yesterday. Instead, I am cleaning out the drawer. As in THE drawer, the one you throw everything in “for now” with the clear intention of putting stuff away later. That day has arrived.
I have this extra piano top (doesn’t everyone?) which I am using as a workbench until I build my hard rock maple workbench. I can’t just DUMP the contents of the drawer onto the table, because there MIGHT be something valuable in there. Instead, I remove items one at a time – and since I have to put them somewhere else, I stack them into groups of similar items.
Part of the challenge of cleaning out “The Drawer” is that there is evidence in there: evidence that might PROVE that you put things off for a very long time!
I noticed a few items that I might be able to throw away. There is the wrench bracket to the wrenches that I found in Bill Scott’s MG that I bought and was going to rebuild. The car is gone. The wrenches are gone. Bill passed away. I think I can throw away the wrench bracket.
On the table I see a violin rosin bag, a pile of extra screwdrivers, a 23mm wrench that goes to the camshaft of a Nissan Axxess, which was sold five years ago or more. A fret saw for the guitar I was going to build ten years ago. A file stuck in a handle I made, which is crooked. A plane blade for a plane I do not have. There is double-sided tape that is not sticky on either side, a 1/64th drill bit for drilling holes in banjo necks in order to insert an HO scale railroad tie in order to create a capo for the 5th string. I have a bag of HO scale railroad ties too – 500 count.
Then there are a few light bulbs to the 1976 Chevy truck I used to own. I better keep those, because you just never know when you are going to own a 1976 Chevy truck again. I see a pair of rubber feet that go with my K & M synth stand, a candle stick for lubing wooden drawers, and a sample pack of Varthane stain. All good stuff. I even have a labeler, in case I want to label something. I don’t want to mention names, but someone called “my daughter” got me that labeler and wanted me to label everything in the shop. So I made a label that read “wall” and another one that read “phone” and I kept adding labels to things like that until she left me alone. I might use that labeler someday, so I am going to hang onto it for now.
And I am going to hang onto a lot of other stuff in that drawer too. Because you never know when you might need an extra pair of venetian blind brackets, a slightly hardened stain brush, a glass cutter, a rusted Phillips stubby screwdriver, or two tubes of hardened JB Weld.
You just never know.