1 DAY ONE Bedside

ASK YOUR­SELF

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Storage Doctor -

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.

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