A woman on Car Talk (had a VW and was told to get something out of the trunk) stated that that would be hard because her trunk was an extension of her purse. I’ve always loved that excuse for a junk drawer trunk.
@Kidsandliz relatable. though not an extension of my purse, since we live in a small one bedroom apartment the trunk of my car definitely often functions as an entryway/closet/basement/garage/cabinet under the sink/etc.
@jerk_nugget Yeah I am likely getting about 2mpg less than I could because of all the crap stored in my vehicle for the same reason as you - I live in 525sf, 2 room apt (well unless you count the bathroom as room 3 but it isn’t even big enough to have a tub). I laughed so hard when that woman had said that on the radio though.
No junk drawer. I only have two my the kitchen. My very first apartment was 1/4th of an 8 car garage where the owner of said garage converted it without consulting anyone who used a kitchen for its intended purpose. No drawers at all, Sink was incredibly shallow. But it had 8 feet of wine/booze racks along the ceiling (college town). LOL
@chienfou Well that might be true but none of us renting from him in that garage were students. He was working on the last apt when I talked to him about the issues. He said he never cooked, his wife did that, and so he had no clue what he did was problematic if you were to actually use the kitchen. In that apt he did put in drawers, a deeper sink and make some of the wine rack cabinets instead. I would have moved into that one when he was done had I not gotten a better job elsewhere. He also told me when he asked his wife for help designing the last one and she came to see what he had done in my apt, that she yelled at him for not asking for her input and said he needed to learn how to cook (which he didn’t want to do) so he wouldn’t be so dumb again. She also, apparently, questioned him on his drinking since there was all that space for booze. LOL
my kitchen only has two drawers, so a junk drawer is not possible at this time. one drawer contains spices, the other contains an organizer which holds the silverware, peeler, can opener, kitchen knives, etc.
@chienfou it’s not so much minimalist (i wish) than it is converted attic apartment in boston haha. i wish i could replace what few cabinets we have with drawers. it’s not a terrible space but it needs a lot of work. maybe in another life
@jerk_nugget Mine also has only two drawers. One contains silverware, ice cream scooper, a couple of large spoons, clips to close things and a number of run through there cockroaches (that being said I am finally starting to win that battle - didn’t have any for ages until they started the foundation work). The other has spatulas, flippers, measuring spoons, etc. Neither is very large.
@Kidsandliz dang! best of luck on the roach battle. the worst we’ve had is these big slow houseflies that seem to hatch from the windowframes if it’s been cold but suddenly they get a lot of sun/warmth. i end up having to vacuum up all the damn things. they’ll all just show up one day and i’ll feel like i’ve gone insane, and then disappear for weeks/months till it happens again. there’s a sunroom when you first come in downstairs and you can see dead ones all around the windows there. the landlord of course could care less.
When I lived in my apartment they had cut down a bunch of trees around it and I started to get some kind of little bug type things in one of my windows that sounded exactly the same as that. It drove me crazy. They were extremely old windows that of course needed to be replaced but weren’t bc the apartment company was to cheap. I stuck a bunch of paper towel in the windowsill anywhere that I saw them come in and sprinkled a bunch of borax and roach killer on it, they never came back. When I moved out I went to take it all out of the window and from the rain and condensation it had turned hard as a rock. But it was worth never dealing with those bugs.
@jerk_nugget I vacuumed up fruit flies once. And then I did NOT immediately take the vacuum outside. Lesson learned. I had to vacuum again.
I also have had hoards of lady bugs invade my car. As in hundreds and hundreds and hundreds who literally collect in piles (even when live). They get in the engine too. Beyond gross. Cats won’t eat them either. Apparently they evolved to taste bad just like roaches. Cats eat exactly one, puke it and then never again.
When the ants (explain to me why as I live on the 4th floor) paraded through a window I put out ant poison. I put it outside on the window sill so the cats would stay out of it. I didn’t realize by poisoning the ants I’d kill a lizard and bat, both of who would come every day/evening to eat the ants. Cats loved seeing those things on the window (lizard) and on the window sill (both). Their own private cat TV that responded to their batting their paws at the window. I felt bad about killing the lizard and bat as much as I was glad to be rid of the ants.
@jerk_nugget@Kyeh Nope nope nope. I just get rid of them with a leaf blower. You get them crawling all over you too when you mess with them. Now if someone else wanted to collect them fine but I am not doing it. And they give off a stinky odor.
@Star2236 yup! old windows. the first time it happened i thought it was just regular flies coming up through the kitchen window which is over where the trash bins are. (since it is only my partner and i, we only put out one bag of trash per week and we do it the night before trash pickup or morning of. however my neighbors have kids/family so they may put out more trash more frequently which obv isn’t great during the warmer months but just a fact of life.) anyway, i went around to all the windows with that screen tape and touched up any/all holes. then i gorilla taped the gaps in the window frames. thought “okay, that’s it.” and then the next day the windows were full of the flies again! i thought i had lost my damn mind. hasn’t been THAT bad since but we still do get a handful from time to time. i will try borax/pesticide if they return. we don’t have kids or pets so nothing to worry about there and perhaps that will help.
@Kidsandliz are you sure? the foul smell usually means lady beetles. i’ve had them in my house too, but thankfully only a few at a time. either way any sort of mass congregation of bugs ain’t great haha.