Small Space Stories: What to keep on your bedside table

The bedside table is a logical place for your alarm clock, reading material and a reading lamp, but has your bedside table become a dumping ground for much, much more? Maybe it’s also become the place where you empty your pockets at the end of the day, or the place where you drop your unopened mail, or maybe it’s a random mishmash of stuff.

Consider using your bedside table for only the essential items you use every night. For example, if you need to take medication every night at 2:00 a.m., then by all means keep your pills and a glass of water near your bedside if that’s where you take your medication. But if you keep some of your pill bottles near the bed, some in the kitchen and some in the bathroom because that’s where they just happened to land, you might contemplate keeping all of your pills in a kitchen cabinet together so they all have a home.

In my small space, I try to keep my bedside table as uncluttered as possible. My table houses a lamp, alarm clock, a current magazine, a book I’m currently reading and a pen in case I want to take notes. That’s it. Keeping the table as uncluttered as possible helps to create a calm, serene space - a place in which I look forward to a restful night’s sleep.

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