Simplified 365: The Bedroom - Day 2: Your Bedside Table

2.Simplified 365: The Bedroom - Day 2: Your Bedside Table

Today we are going to start small, but with something that will make a big impact: your bedside table. 

Are you like most people?  Is there a layer of dust and a plethora of stuff on it? If there isn’t, then just promise me you’ll dust it.  

For the rest of you, let’s clear off your bedside table and it’s drawers and put all of the things onto your bed. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to sort the stuff into like piles.  All the chapsticks in one pile, lotions in another and things that belong elsewhere in a 3rd.  Once you’ve divided everything, it’s time to toss anything that is broken, expired, “icky”, and otherwise useless.  

Ask these questions if you’re having trouble:

  • Do I use this every night?
  • Does this make me happy to look at?
  • Is this beautiful or relaxing?
  • Does this even belong in this room?
  • Do I need more than 1 of this item here?

Before we put the keepers back, go grab a dust-rag and wipe down the top and inside all of the drawers of your bedside table. 

Done? Great! 

Now put back the things you use every night.  I personally have an eye mask, some lotion, earplugs and a flashlight that live in the drawer, as well as a lamp, coaster, and a couple of decorative/sentimental items on top.  The key here is to think about what you actually use on a daily basis.  As you’re doing this, notice the other items still on your bed.  If they fall under one of the above categories, great.  If not, it’s time to find them a new home. 

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