by Susan McCarthy
Chances are that you can declutter your nightstand in the hour before you go to bed. You’ll go to sleep feeling a sense of accomplishment and you’ll set yourself up for more relaxing nights when this small space is free of clutter.
Even if your bedside table isn’t covered with stuff, you can still declutter it. There have been times, even with very few things on my bedside table, that I realized I still had unwanted and unnecessary items in this space.
In some cases, I thought I should keep certain things beside my bed (a box of tissue and hand cream, for example) even though I rarely used these things here. So, don’t get caught up in lists of ‘5 Must Have Items for Every Nightstand.’ What is useful for one person is someone else’s clutter.
And fewer items are better because there will be more space on the surface, and this just looks relaxing.
If your nightstand has a drawer or two, then you may think that the clutter doesn’t matter since it’s hidden out of the way. But do you go into those drawers looking for things you want to use? If the drawer is cluttered, chances are the experience adds to an undercurrent of stress. You can also be intentional about what you keep in the drawer.
What Should I Keep on My Bedside Table?
Again, you don’t have to rely upon someone else’s list. Instead, think about your bedtime routine. What do you regularly do when you get into bed? Are there habits that you’d like to engage in? Do you have established habits that you aren’t happy about.
You can use the space to direct how you want to start and end your day. Want to journal? Keep your journal and pen handy. Want to stop grabbing your phone first thing in the morning? Then don’t keep your phone here – put it across the room, or in another room.
If you don’t use something, then consider storing it in a new space or getting rid of it. Don’t burden yourself with obligations to engage in a dozen different actions during the bookends of your day. Keeping this space sparce and simple is a way to bring more peace into your entire day.
How to Declutter and Organize Your Nightstand
Make a point of tidying this area either in the morning or at night so this space never becomes disorganized again.
How Do You Declutter a Bedside Table?
Remember, before you start, consider what you want here. What types of activities do you want to engage in first thing in the morning or last thing at night? Use this space to support or build your morning or bedtime routine.
Hi, I'm Susan
I'm a former teacher who became a professional organizer (and not because I'm a natural-born neatnik). I live with my husband and fluffy cat on a river in Massachusetts. I crochet, make handmade cards, and love reading young adult novels. Learn more about my decluttering journey here.