Organizing a bedroom doesn't just mean organizing a closet or a chest of drawers. It also refers to organizing your bedroom nightstand. While nightstands take little time to organize, they can be an eyesore when going to bed at nighttime. And, during the night, in the dark, finding the one thing you are looking for can be challenging.
Several items can be stored in the nightstand. Below are just some I found over the years organizing my own, families', and clients' nightstands.
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We will discuss ways to make this small but necessary area more organized with handy organizing tips and tools.
Bedroom Nightstand Organization Essentials
How do I find the right nightstand for me?
First, let's start with getting the right nightstand to minimize clutter. Look for a table that has at least a few shelves or one or two drawers. If you wish to use something without drawers, have a closed, shallow bin to hold small items. This way, you don't need to worry about stuff tumbling over in the middle of the night.
Watch out for nightstands with open shelves. They sound like a good idea, but they can get quite dusty, which will add to your cleaning routine. And no one wants to add work to their chores.
I particularly like nightstands with legs so I can vacuum under them often to minimize the dust. I am not a fan of moving furniture constantly, so making it easier for me to clean is always a plus. (Please note these are affiliate links through Amazon, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn affiliate fees if you decide to make a purchase.)
How do I organize the inside of the nightstand drawer?
Now that you decided on a nightstand, you can start by organizing the little things stored on it. You don't want this area to be a junk drawer. My favorite way to organize a nightstand drawer is by using drawer organizers. You can get these in different sizes, and they can fit nicely in the drawer. If you write in a journal, getting a large enough bin to fit your journal is helpful so that nothing is lying on top of these divided bins. If you have deeper drawers, stop by your nearest dollar store and purchase some deep containers. (Please note these are affiliate links through Amazon.)
What should be in each drawer on the nightstand?
Nightstands usually have one, two, or three drawers. Each drawer should have its own purpose with the items you use, from most to least used.
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In the top drawer, there should be items that are used more frequently. These could be items you grab first thing in the morning or the last thing you grab at night.
The bottom drawer can be used for items that are less frequently used but need to be near the bed.
How do I store jewelry on top of the nightstand?
Have a place for your daily used pieces of jewelry. Like me, you take off your watch, rings, and other things when you go to bed. These items should have a home when you aren't wearing them. Look for a large enough bin for everything you need to take off at nighttime. You can store these items all in one container to minimize the number of things on your nightstand. It can also hold other things like cell phones and change. Here are some suggestions I found on Amazon (affiliate).
How do I organize charging cables on the nightstand?
Get some cable clips to help you keep your charging cables in order. Hiding them in the back of the nightstand will make it look less disorganized. I have a large one that I adhered to the side of my nightstand, holding several cables. When nothing is plugged in, the cables can easily be tucked on the side where no one sees them. (Please note these are affiliate links through Amazon.)
How do I store books on a nightstand?
And lastly, if you want to store a book or two you are currently reading on your nightstand, look for bookends that can easily hold the book upright. Or, you can use an empty drawer to store the books. Keep in mind that if you have too many books on your nightstand, it can get messy and will collect dust. Breathing in a lot of dust on a nightly basis isn't good for anyone, so improve your health by minimizing the dust in your bedroom. These items are from Amazon (affiliate).
Each person's nightstand is personal to them and should be organized to help them find things in the dark and during the day. While we store many things on and in our nightstand, make sure everything has its place to make the area appear less cluttered. These items above are just the main organizing essentials for any nightstand. Make sure you organize the other items that weren't mentioned to make it a well-organized nightstand. I hope this helps you get inspired to organize your nightstand today.
Below are posts from other experts that will help you organize your nightstand.
How to Organize A Nightstand
Tips for a Clutter-Free Bedroom Nightstand
The Ultimate Guide to an Organized Nightstand
Now it's your turn. How does the top of your nightstand look? What else do you store on your nightstand? Please comment on how you organize it below so others can get even more tips. Sweet dreams!
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Sabrina, I just did some reorganizing of my nightstand the other day. I thought it was looking a little cluttered so I happily put everything in the top drawer. I really don't need to look at it all day. I only need these items before I go to bed so it wasn't an issue to put everything neatly away.
Your post prompted me to go look at my nightstand and see what's there and to make sure I wasn't misremembering. There's nothing there but books (lots and lots of books) and a corded, landline phone. On the other side, there's a small table that used to have a lamp and an alarm clock, but both have proven unnecessary due to modern tech. (I don't even keep a pen and paper; if I have to remember something, I shout it to Siri in the next room and have it text me so I'll see it on my Mac in the morning!)
So, unless I'm sick in bed, I don't store any of those typical things — they all have homes elsewhere. I guess I'm a statistical outlier!
That said, your advice is spot-on. For anyone who does keep actual stuff at the bedside, drawers with dividers, shelves, and cord holders are a must.
My nightstand has one drawer and one large cabinet space. The top surface of the nightstand holds books (probably too many,) my journals, lamp, tissue box, eyeglasses, landline phone, pad of paper, and jar of pens. The drawer holds other essentials like emery boards, lotions, extra eyeglasses, and sleep masks. The cabinet holds old journals. Every so often, I go through the books and decide if it's time to move them to another bookcase or donate them. But mostly they are there because I'm either in the process of reading them or want to read them next.
I'm all about using containers in nightstand drawers! My husband built our nightstands, which are narrow to fit in the space we have. I couldn't find any containers to use in such small drawers, but I made due with mint tins! Out of the box thinking for the win. 🙂
I like to keep a notepad and pen next to my bed in case I have any bright ideas or to-do's pop into my head. That way I can jot them down without getting out of bed, and without worrying about forgetting them by the next morning.
My nightstand has two drawers and I don't know what I'd do with that stuff if it didn't! (Although to be honest, I could probably just pitch some of it.) All I keep on top is my purse, a lamp, and the book I'm currently reading.
I have been working on this lately as I tend to gather up piles of books that I may have referred to or half read ugh!! So, I am trying to be more focused on what I want by my bedside. I have many journals in my bedside table and more in another area so am thinking of getting them all in one place. Like with like, you know. I think its an important area to pay attention to. Great post!
I have three drawers in my nightstand. The top one holds the "essentials," and then surprisingly, I found that the bottom two drawers are just the right size for bathing suits and cover ups. Love to make the most of out of that small storage space!