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Recently the drawer that I use to store my cosmetics has become an unmanageable mess with bottles of lotion and hair product thrown haphazardly here and there because my daughter is late for school. And putting things back in their proper place is just so much work. No, it really is. Because I’ve just spent the last half hour repeatedly screaming, “YOUR SOCKS GO ON YOUR FEET.” Or telling my husband over and over again that the baby is in the fireplace.

And then I inevitably forget to throw away things that should be thrown away. Or more accurately, I get down to the last three drops of lotion, think I’ll eventually use those three drops, and then leave that empty bottle sitting at the bottom of the drawer for the next three years. Multiply this by about a thousand, and THIS IS MY LIFE.


I got the spring cleaning itch the other day, maybe because out of the ten bottles of lotion in my drawer I couldn’t find a single one that hadn’t dried up. Civilized people shouldn’t live this way. I mean, there are entire shows dedicated to people holding interventions for people like me. Why has my family not stepped in?

The accents in this bathroom are mostly dark orange like this:


So I found a fabric that would match the rest of the decor in the room, a heavy cotton with a small, dark orange coral print (for a total steal! $8.99 a yard!):


And then I measured and cut a piece to fit on the bottom of the drawer. Instead of gluing it or nailing it in place I used double-sided tape to hold it in place. This way, if the fabric gets dirty or I get tired of it I can change it out easily. Because if my family is not going to step in, then I have to do all the thinking.


Then the hard part: throwing things out. I had to really ask myself, Heather, have you even SEEN this nail polish since you moved into this house. No? GONE. This process alone cleared out half of the mess. What was left I gathered into groups, some free-standing, others arranged in small, clear containers. And now there is a designated place for everything. And now every time I open this drawer I get a huge smile on my face. It’s just, pretty.


You guys! I found a headband I totally forgot I had! WHO KNOWS what I’m going to find in those other drawers.


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HGTV and Heather Armstrong (@HGTVHeather) invite you to our next “Watch with Heather” Twitter Party! We’ll be tweeting this Saturday during Battle On the Block. Join us at #watchHGTV from 10-11pm EDT for all the fun.

To make comments and/or replies, please follow @HGTVHeather and include #watchHGTV in your tweet


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57 Responses

  1. kate says:

    I cannot believe you posted a picture with the tile that nearly crashed the internet. You are a brave woman. :-) That fabric is sooo pretty and I love the double stick tape idea. I just wish I had a bathroom drawer to line.

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  3. Bobbi says:

    Hmmm. I'm glad I'm not alone. I routinely have to go through all my bottles of lotion/shampoo/conditioner/hair products etc and do the purge. I just take it to the local women's shelter…then they all have to have therapy for hoarding products :)

    Parchment paper with fall leaves ironed in or even spring time flower petals might be cool too :)

  4. kesha says:

    wow! this is totally original design!!!
    lining drawers with a pretty liner! what's next, organizing books on a bookshelf? how to use colored hangers in your closet? wake up, HGTV–you are getting ROBBED by paying for these inane, unoriginal posts.

  5. Andrea says:

    Gotta say I didn't think the drawer was that bad in the first place. Sure it looks really good after, but I got a shelf in my wardrobe, another in my bathroom and two small drawers that make the first shot look pristine! Yes, obviously I need to get to purging ASAP but just saying Heather, it wasn't that bad.

  6. I thought you snuck in my bathroom and snooped the "before" picture ! Really! Same little makeup bag and products! I like the use of the clear containers. Where can we find those?

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