Raise your hand if your bedside table is a dumping ground? Seriously, if you ask me which one is (or was!) the most neglected drawer (or drawers) in my home, those take the cake. I came to realize that, like the junk drawer, this is a drawer I open every single day -or night- so it definitely needed some TLC.
As much as I tried to have a picture perfect vignette on my bedside table, every night there were always books, a water bottle, cables, chargers, electronics, hair ties, glasses, you name it. I ended up dumping everything in the drawers. Luckily I have three of them, so I was able to create my zones and my limits to finally keep the clutter at bay and my essentials under control and not on the table.
Lately, I have been finding myself hanging for longer hours in my room at night time. I have the bedtime routine to dump my brain, plan the next day on my new Day Designer, and -if I am not too tired- I read something. Whether is a book – hard copy or on my iPad- or a somewhat inspiring and enriching article to end the day on a good note.
But, the routine was getting a little overwhelming. Because let’s get real, I didn’t think that my bedside table was much of an issue. Except it was. Here is a look at my three bedside table drawers a week ago.
Pretty sad. I can’t believe I procrastinated this little organization project for so long!
Back to Basics
I emptied them out over the bed and sorted everything out. Whenever I am decluttering a space I have a system that helps me get the job done quickly. I sort my things into three categories: keep, toss or donate, and relocate.
Notice the words that I highlighted in bold. These two actions are the essential part of organizing. Whether is an entire room, a shelf, or just a drawer, if you don’t discard or relocate things, you’ve done nothing. What is the purpose of organizing, if you are going to put back things that most likely do not belong in there?. To me, everything has to have a function, and if it doesn’t work, it has to go.
So, I reduced the amount of clutter in my bedside table significantly and went back to basics.
I pictured my ideal nighttime routine and kept all the items that are absolutely necessary to make that happen.To me, everything has to have a function. And if it doesn't work, it has to go. #decluttering… Click To Tweet
Bedside Table Essentials
If you know me, and my organization weapons, you know how much I love containers and drawer dividers. So, I rescued a couple of underused (aka holding odds and ends in the closet) drawer dividers I have purchased at Michaels probably 4 years ago and put them to good use.
The clutter on my bedside table was just the result of procrastination. Seriously. Because I even had these drawer dividers in the closet (another procrastinated project), sitting there waiting to be used.
Inside the first drawer I keep:
- A sleeping mask – we have an arch shaped window that is not covered, so every so often a full moonlight would be shining right on my face. I swear it is powerful! That, and the TV flashing lights.
- A notebook – as a creative, I need a place to jot down notes as soon as inspiration strikes.
- Cables & chargers – because this girl is *never* unplugged!. I need to work on that.
- Essential oil vials – guys, essential oils are my life lately. This is material for another post!
- Hand moisturizer – because if you have not seen my hands, you have not seen dry skin. Ever.
- An itsy-bitsy speaker (aqua cylinder and aqua cable) – the cutest little thing, that plugs into your iPhone to amplify sound.
- Hair clips / hair ties – whatever I take off that night. I need to purge these. They’re all over my house.
- A light with automatic sensor – This is the most practical item in this drawer. I can find things quickly without having to reach for a light switch.
- iPhone earbuds – logically.
In case you are wondering, those are DEOS earphone covers. I don’t know how it happened, but apparently, I am obsessed with lavender -even with essential oils, LOL – .
Pamper Yourself Before Bed
As the years go by, I feel like I am taking more and more after my mom, since a bottle of Tylenol and night cream are staples in my bedside table. That, and pencils and highlighters, because I can’t live without them.
I wasn’t too fond of makeup removal and age defying creams, but when you hit your mid 30’s you realize that ‘expression lines’ are no joke. So, I caved and started a nighttime routine.
- Makeup removal wipes – for lazy nights when I am already in bed and realize I didn’t wash my face. I go back and forth with these wipes. I have yet to find my soulmate.
- Night cream for my face – I love this one from Olay. It’s cool to the touch and has a very pleasant scent.
- Body & feet lotion, pain relief medication – although my headaches are totally gone since I started diffusing essential oils in my bedroom.
- iPhone backup battery case – I keep this backup charged and ready to go. This comes handy when I am out and about for long. Perfect for a day running errands, long trips, beach day, etc. Essential.
- Assorted pens, pencils, highlighters, washi tape – You name it. I have a small office since I do my planning in my bedroom every night.
The ‘Library’ Drawer
Lastly, I am using the third drawer to hold my reference books, and whatever I am reading at the moment. I am currently reading for the second time, ‘ The Alchemist ‘, by Paulo Coelho (my favorite author). I read this book 17 years ago (whaaaa???) and I truly recommend it, if you are into spiritual reads and self-help. Is a beautiful novel.
My first generation iPad still works. Although is not the greatest for apps or safari, (it won’t update iOS, so I am stuck with iOS 4) my Kindle app still works fine, so I use it as an e-reader.
Creating an Attractive Yet Functional Vignette
With all the stuff I own, I did not believe that I could make my bedside table look, let’s say…’put together’. But, after sorting all the drawers and giving them function, I realized that I could have something pretty going. So during the day, it’s nice to walk in the room and see this.
- The wall art is a constant reminder of my husband’s love. I made the art, and you can download it for free here.
- More books – to keep the inspiration flowing
- A nice scented candle – I tend not to light up candles too often because the carbon monoxide released gives me really bad headaches (hence my obsession with essential oils!). The open tin releases just enough scent for my taste.
- A faux succulent completes my vignette – Why fake? Let’s get real, who wants to sleep with a vase full of roses or an orchid next to her face? I am with the theory that plants breathe your oxygen at night and release carbon dioxide. So, faux it is. And I love the zero maintenance.
- A cord keeper sits discreetly in the upper right corner of the bedside table
At nighttime, however, things get a little out of whack.
I plug in my essential oils diffuser (I keep it in my office during the day), and plug in my iPhone and my iWatch.
Now that all my bedside table drawers are in order, I am more driven to spend more time in my room. I have to say: I even feel more creative. Just knowing that I have my essentials at my fingertips (and neatly organized), makes my nighttime routine more enjoyable. Not to mention that I love how my little vignette came out. Pretty and functional.
When was the last time you checked your bedside table drawers? What do you keep in them? I am curious to know! 🙂 – Leave me a comment below, I would love to hear from you.