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Viral TikTok video reveals Australians organise kitchen drawers the same

There are many experiences unique to living in an Australian home. You might see a giant spider as big as your hand race across the ceiling or have a one kilo tub of Vegemite from Costco sitting in your pantry.

According to one TikTok user, those experiences aren’t what make us Australian. In a new video clip, user @jamesy.juce shows the contents of his kitchen drawers and asks the question, “If this isn’t your kitchen drawer set-up, are you even Aussie?”

Actually he calls it a “draw”, which makes no sense, but swapping “drawer” for “draw” is another uniquely Australian phenomenon that we can analyse on another day.

Top drawer for cutlery, second drawer for bigger implements. So far, so good. Photo: TikTok

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“EVERYONE sets it up like that??”

The TikTok video shows a series of cutlery drawers being opened, and we’ll admit, the order is eerily familiar.

 In the first drawer is cutlery, which is probably pretty universal. Next comes larger utensils like tongs, wooden spoons, potato mashers. The third holds tea towels and the fourth is the junk drawer.

Followers were floored.

“EVERYONE sets it up like that? Gave myself too much credit when I set them up,” one person wrote.

“Why do we live the same lives?” asked one person.

“Why are you in my house,” added another.

Old iPhone box in the junk drawer looks familiar. Photo: TikTok

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“Nah, glad wrap and foil in the third drawer”

Naturally there were nay-sayers who pointed out that cling wrap and aluminium foil should go in the drawer with the tea towels. Which to be fair is what we do in our house.

“Nah, glad wrap and foil in the third drawer,” wrote one person. 

“Why isn’t your glad wrap shoved in the tea towel drawer sir,” another person asked.

Then the international followers chimed in, debunking the whole “only Australians do it” theory.

“Even us kiwis lol it ain’t a kitchen unless it’s like that,” one person wrote.

“Irish and this is the exact layout and order with the same amount of drawers,” wrote another.

Even if the drawer set-up isn’t uniquely Australian, and even if some people put their plastic wrap in with their tea towels, we can probably all agree on the purpose of the fourth drawer: the junk drawer.

“Bottom drawer always full of bills and cables,” the TikTok user wrote. Add to that a sticky five cent coin, a scrunched up Pokemon card and a bunch of name label stickers and it would be like he was looking in the junk drawer at my house. 

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