Junk Drawer Overhaul: Susan's Style Stash

Today's special visitor is Susan Brinson, better known to the world as one half of House of Brinson. Their blog is a feast for the eyes and a threat to the diet (the Mr. is a food photographer) that defies succint description. If you haven't been, you absolutely must visit. Now on with the post.


My secret junk drawer is my bedroom side table for sure. Most people think, bedroom, strange place for a junk drawer. For me, the stuff in there is just thrown in before company comes over or when I am in a rush to tidy up. The rest of our loft we consider 'public' space because Will uses it for work. We have food stylists using our kitchen and Will's assistants in the office and storage closet. We are generally pretty neat and organized, except our bedroom.


So let's talk junk. This is my junk: nail polish, cream, a million lip balms (why I have so many who knows) and strange stuff I just don't know how it got there. So I decided to take a few re-orging steps:

- Take out what doesn't belong there and put it away!
- Put the items I do need into categories
- Decide how to organize the items in the categories above


For the finished drawer, I decided to line the drawer. I have vintage furniture, and it is not the nicest. So why not make it pretty with fabric? I also do not have much color in our loft, so this is a great place to have 'secret' color.

- Lined drawer with scrap fabric and cardboard
- Made two bags, one for the hand stuff like nail polish, emory boards, etc
- The second bag is for odd stuff I need by my bedside table, like lavender oil (repels bugs in the spring and summer)
- A new, smaller notebook for late night inspiration



Thanks to Susan for letting us take a peak. To see and read more about her and her stylist life, stop by House of Brinson.


  1. This made me laugh - I totally need to do this with my drawers!

  2. That looks great! I love the idea of using cloth bags to organize drawers.

  3. Anonymous10:14 AM

    I am addicted to lip balm and have it all over at home and work. Looks great!

  4. The little bags are adorable!

    I just emptied out my nightstand drawer - but haven't put anything back in for two weeks. As is turns out - I don't need much in there!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Loving this junk drawer overhaul piece. We just moved into our new home last weekend and we already have a junk drawer because I didn't know where to put the crap! Starting off on the wrong foot....

  6. Oh My! I hate to think what's in my Junk Drawer. Or should I say Drawers? I really only have 2... er, 3, junk drawers! 2 in the kitchen and 1 in the bedroom and I fear yours is so much tidier than mine!

  7. That is one adorable junk drawer!

  8. Very cute! And everyone needs the odd small notebook for late night inspiration. I know I do!

    How did you make the bags?

  9. What a great idea. I love the bags. Great project!


  10. we are getting ready to move into our new home and i'm sooo excited to organize all my drawers and cabinets. am i crazy or what!? :)

  11. The bags are really gorgeous. Are they just closed with velcro or did you apply zippers? I love the embroidery, too.

  12. Those bags are too cute! I love this junk drawer organization!


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