It is another week of the No Wait Challenge over at I Heart Organizing. This organizing challenge is not about completely redoing an entire room (like the One Room Challenge), but rather taking on smaller areas that need a little tweaking. Here are the areas I am organizing for the challenge:
This week I’m tackling my nightstand. Let’s take a look at where it started, the “before” pictures, if you will:
Hmmm… we definitely have a few problems. The first being the number of books and magazines in this space. Martha Stewart magazines from 2002? Really? The next problem is that things are dark and outdated. That alarm clock woke me up when I was in high school. No joke! I have had that since high school. The lamp? Got that when my husband and I were married… in 2001. And did I mention the shade is falling apart, and so is the base? In the name of fire prevention, I need a new lamp.
My goal was to brighten up the space and make it a little fresher. Since I am not what you would call a “morning person”, maybe a brighter tone will help start the day off right. Well, that, and a cup of coffee. I also wanted to have some of my “go to” items more readily available.
I started the whole process by clearing everything off the top of the dresser and emptying the drawers, dusted everything down with my favorite duster, and I was ready to begin.
Dealing with the Books & Magazines
The pile of books and magazines on top of my nightstand looked chaotic and messy. The first thing I did was go through the magazines and recycle the ones I was never going to read… “Bye Martha”. (*Note to self- if you have magazines that are 10+ years old, you are not going to read them. Toss them out.)
Then, I figured out a better way to store the remaining magazines and books. I semi-stole an idea from Stephanie at This Abundant Life. She created a simple, functional crate for all the library books her children brought home. This is what I needed! I actually bought the Joann Fabric crate with the intention of staining it, but then I found a cute crate at Home Goods, and it was sized a little more appropriately, so I went with that.
Brightening Up the Space
I said goodbye to my trusty alarm clock and broken lamp, and headed to Target: My second home. There I found just what I wanted: this alarm clock, and this lamp base with this lamp shade (similar). I also bought a small gallery frame from Walmart and searched for a fun printable from my Printables Pinterest Board. I had my eye on a couple, but finally settled on this one from 36th Avenue (which is free to download and print for yourself).
Increase the Functionality by Having “Go To” Items Available
Have you ever seen articles about preparing a guest room? They always advise having certain items available for guests to use. While I have a couple of these items in my nightstand, I wanted to really think through what I wanted close by. Here’s what I came up with:
Ibuprofen & Allergy Eyedrops
I found these mesh drawer organizers at The Container Store. They are wonderful because you can get them in varying sizes to create what you need for your drawer.
I also wanted a place to put my jewelry. I am always forgetting to take it off. I toss it on my cluttered nightstand with the possibility of it being swallowed by the chaos. A little dipping bowl (similar) was just what I needed.
And here’s where I ended up:
The Bible on the nightstand was a gift my hubby gave me on our wedding day. Something from 2001 that I will be keeping!
In the future, I’m hoping to either: A.) Repaint this nightstand or 2.) Get a whole new nightstand. I was also going to add some wrapping paper drawer liners, but didn’t find any wrapping paper designs I liked, so I’ll keep looking.
I know it’s a very girly space, so I’ll have to go super masculine on my husband’s side.
Thanks for stopping by! Have an amazing day!
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