1 DAY ONE Bedside
1. HOW DO I FEEL WHEN I LOOK AT MY BEDSIDE AREA?
Stand near your bed, then lie in bed. Your bedside area should make you smile and soothe your soul. If any item produces even a tinge of sadness, guilt, or anxiety, move it out of the bedroom (and perhaps your life) immediately.
2. CAN I BREAK WITH TRADITION?
Matching nightstands and lamps are classic bedroom furnishings, but they don’t offer many storage options. Substitute pieces you already have— a small cabinet, a writing desk, an entry hutch, or a few bookshelves— on one or both sides of your bed.
3. WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE OPEN SPACES?
Tame these often messy areas with baskets or bins that stabilize stacks of linens and clothing. Use baskets, bookends, and magazine holders to organize reading material. Incorporate an attractive waste bin.
4. WHAT AM I DOING WITH ADJACENT SPACES?
Underbed space is the perfect spot for seasonal or essential but less than attractive items. Purchase a plastic underbed box for each side of the bed—some come on wheels to make access easier.
5. HOW AM I MINIMIZING TECH STRESS?
If you must charge your smartphone or other devices on your bedside table, adjust the device settings to block distractions and interruptions.
6. WHAT’S ON THE FLOOR?
The ideal answer is nothing. Put books on shelves and magazines in upright holders. Put dirty clothes in a hamper. Hang clothes you plan to wear again on a hook or hanger.
7. WHAT AM I READING THIS MONTH?
If you love reading so much, you need to stop making book piles. Establish one shallow basket/bin to collect reading material. As soon as the basket is full, it’s time to edit. Place any remaining books on a designated shelf elsewhere. You won’t forget the titles you still plan to read.
Revise your bedside reading the first of every month and know why you want to read every book on your list. Your bedside stack should be about the best of the best that you want to read. Move aspirational or assignment reading to a work area.
AVOID THE BEDROOM BLUES
Promote better sleep by enabling Night Shift or Night Mode, which minimizes the amount of sleep- inhibiting blue light coming from your electronic devices.