Declutter Nightstand: 15 Minute Mission

Today's decluttering mission is to declutter your nightstand.


This is often an area where all kinds of things get piled, from late night reading material, cups of water, your glasses and more.

Make sure to declutter the surface enough to get rid of anything that should not be there, and so you can actually access your alarm clock easily each night and morning, without fearing
knocking stuff over or off!

In addition, if your bedside table or nightstand has a drawer, clear it of clutter as well. Ready, set, go!

Bonus points if you tell me what types of items normally accumulate on your nightstand and/or what you do to combat clutter and keep the space functional.

Further, below are pictures of bedside tables and night stands that readers have sent in, some of them decluttered and others that still need a bit of work, all for inspiration for you!

Photo courtesy of Chelsea Nesvig

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Common Items Found On A Cluttered Night Stand

Eric provided this picture of his cluttered night stand.

He's not alone in piling stuff onto this spot in your home.

Other readers shared what types of things take up residence on this surface and don't seem to leave.

Do you recognize any of these items next to your own bed right now? Now, I'm not saying all of them need to be cleared off. Some of these make sense in the location, such as your alarm clock. But many of them need to be moved to a different location, or at least regularly cleared off.

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Before & After Pictures Of Night Stand When Did This Decluttering Mission

by Ellen

Before

Before

Before After

Ellen shared these before and after pictures.

She stated, "Everything gets dumped here. Kids stuff. My stuff. Random hand bag stuff.

I cleaned off and (tried) to put everything where it belongs. Now I need to tackle the dresser.

Thanks for these 15 minute challenges!"

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This Is The Worst My Night Table Has Ever Been

by Lynn

Lynn says:

Well I think everyone should have a hanger, a Tupperware bowl, a plastic bag, a new wallet etc. on their bedside table.

This is the worst my night table has ever been.

Oh, and a baby monitor (fyi my kids are 8 & 9). I haven't used it in years. I don't know where it even came from.

Wow that is bad! It will be done before I go to bed.

Taylor says:

That's the spirit Lynn! It looks like a lot but really it shouldn't take too long to clear it off and you'll feel so much better!

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My Results From This Mission: Before & After

by Amy

My nightstand is a bookshelf and I have lots of medications and medical things needed so it gets cluttered and a mess very easily!

Ideally, the top is for drink and evening snack and a scentsy melter, first shelf is a basket of bills for the week medications, and books/magazines currently reading, and second shelf is my daughters and mine "craft" shelf- paper, markers, cross-stitch etc.

As you can see in before pic it becomes overloaded EASILY.

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Yay Me! I Got It Decluttered Today!

by Susan

Thanks for the reminder.

Lamp, cell phone hooked to charger, iPad hooked to charger, Kleenex box and coaster.

The pile of junk "to do" is gone, as is the wireless device "organizer" that was a dust trap. Yay me.

Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?

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I hope seeing these pictures has inspired you to get your own nightstand or bedside table cleared off.

When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I would encourage you to keep going.

I've got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.

Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!

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what I did with remotes
by: Jessica

I purchased a pocket that goes on the side of the bed. It holds all my remotes so I can get them off my nightstand.

Limit what I have on the flat surface
by: Michelle

I have small baskets in my drawer to organize small items so they don't get lost and I limit the top of my nightstand to lamp, small box to organize my sleep masks and earplugs, journal, book, tablet and phone, all of which are neatly stacked.

I clear it off every morning
by: Jenelle

I generally declutter them every morning when I get up and make the bed. I clean off both night stands.

Replaced my night stand with an end table
by: Teresa

It's funny that you decided to do a nightstand declutter. I just bought a new end table to replace my night stand. I found that the nightstand is too small and short. We inherited a nice bedroom suit from my mother in law. It has the normal bed, dresser, chest of draws and nightstand. I went to the local Goodwill and found a nice end table, with a drawer. It's a little light in color. But that can be fixed. I plan on doing some rearranging tomorrow.

A way to use those miscellaneous art projects
by: Anonymous

I use a little ceramic bowl my son made in art class to put little items in. For example: The earrings I accidentally wore to bed or a Bobby pin left in my hair.

Dump the chair
by: Lisa R.

After seeing the pictures of the transformed night stands it has given me the inspiration to move the recliner that is currently serving as my "night stand" and catch all for a real bed side table. I moved the chair in to our bedroom in 2012 after my husband's motorcycle accident so he could sleep in it. Now it just collects everything and has my alarm clock etc. in it. It is a huge mess! I need my neat table back!

what's on mine at the moment
by: Janice Goetsch

At this moment (and usually) my night stand has tissues, essential oils, coconut oil I use at night, lip ice I use at night, eye cover, books, pieces if paper/ note cards/ writing pad, pens, the lamp (of course) and that's what you can see. ;)

Tree Bark?
by: Anonymous

As I read your nightstand mission for today, I glance over at my nightstand. What accumulates? A glass of water, alarm clock, 25 foot tape measure, a my little pony, many hair bands, and tree bark. Yep, a pile of tree bark.

what's on mine
by: Carla

Fan, on all year long for white noise.

Something I have realized
by: Melanie

I have realized that after you live with clutter long enough you stop seeing it but it really effects your mood when everywhere you look things are messy or you have to keep moving things out of your way to get a task done.

I now see that by throwing things out and putting things where they belong I will have a more peaceful feeling inside too.

so much easier now that it is cleared off!
by: Judi

I got to and cleared my nightstand a couple of months ago putting things I still need to have to hand in the drawers, it is so much easier to now have space for my glasses and phone when I go to bed.

Whats on mine? Oh boooy..
by: JessZee

Magazine organizer that's supposed to help with clutter. Not in it is my new credit card I need to activate, a note book, pictures my daughter refuses to let me throw away, etc., two purses, bottle water, cup from my kid, iPad phone and chargers, remote and wireless headphones box of tissues. I just cleaned it SUNDAY!

what's on and in my nightstand
by: Anonymous

My nightstand is the home of my medical equipment including a nebulizer. In addition there is the phone, iPad, box of Kleenex and the plastic dishwasher bottle basket used for nebulizer pieces. The drawer of the night stand holds my clean nebulizer mouthpieces and inhalers. As I use a mouthpiece I place the dirty one in the dishwasher basket so that when it is full it goes in dishwasher. I keep just enough mouthpieces that I keep two in the drawer clean while the others are being cleaned. All are marked with the date of first use so that they are replaced in a 6 month cycle. It's an organized system that works well for this ADD unorganized person.

Heading toward peace
by: Clutterbug

Ok, I feel better now that I know someone had tree bark on her nightstand. I can certainly get rid of my extra books, papers, etc! Thanks, "tree bark anon" for giving me a laugh and HOPE!

Remotes
by: Anonymous

I have one of those mail organizers (one of those upright ones with 2 or 3 slots for mail/papers) that I put remotes in. The cable remote is too big for it, but it does get the TV and BluRay remotes out of the way.

Basket
by: Anonymous

I like the basket in a basket idea.

I need so many things close by
by: Linda

I have my ice tea, face creams, books, glasses, pictures, cell charger, some nail necessities.

I never realized the effect the clutter had on me
by: Ruby Ballesteros

Never realized the effect the clutter had on me. I receive donation letters, well bottom drawer was full. Top drawer would close since I place mail, newspaper, held purse on corner. I threw away almost everything without guilt. I bought desk trays for $1.00. Placed meds, lotion, few stationary. Bottom; CDs, journal, candles and tissue box.

What works for me
by: Ruth

I only have lamps, a Kleenex box, and an alarm clock. All other items are gathered in baskets in the top drawer--reading materials are in a basket beside the bed. Works for me!

silverware tray in drawer
by: Anonymous

I use a silverware tray in my night stand drawer to organize my stuff.

I use baskets
by: Anonymous

I went to local Dollar store and bought some small plastic baskets for my drawer and it really helps. On top of my nightstand is my CPAP machine, bottle of water, reading glasses, Chapstick, remote, etc. I also use a cosmetic bag to help organize medication, nail clippers, and other personal items.

Nightstand Necessities
by: Nickie

You asked what type of things are on my nightstand: I have a small floating shelf which can't hold too much - that was quite deliberate. I have a small Bible and 2 other favorite books on the shelf. I have found that a pretty cup and saucer set is not only a decorative accessory, but is perfect for holding things. In the cup, I put wrapped cough drops, while I place my earrings and bracelet from the day on the saucer. Pretty AND practical! I also have a small (about 7" diameter) basket to hold the remotes for the TV, lights and fan, as well a a pen. There is still room leftover for my glasses as well as a coaster for a drink if necessary. Underneath the shelf is a rectangular basket that holds a healthy, but neatly contained assortment of magazines and books. That's it. It looks neat and uses some of my favorite items to create a cozy bedside nook!

what I've got on mine
by: T

I have a lamp and and an alarm clock on my night stand with an occasional glass of water. That is all that is there.

Flat Space Clutterer
by: Angela

My night stand is terrible. Mountain Dew bottle, water glass, necklaces, rings, earrings, movie stubs, screws, change, nails, pens, mateless sock...That's not even all of it!

Where do things belong
by: Faerie

You say to declutter and put things where they belong. Well that's always my problem. I just don't know how to decide where things should go.

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