Friday, August 16, 2013

{30 Minutes Or Less} Organizing the Nightstand

Since we're working on bedrooms this month, I decided it was about time I cleaned out my nightstand.  I hinted in an earlier post that my nightstand was a secret disaster zone.

See how pretty and innocent she looks from the outside?


Don't be fooled by those good looks!  Inside it was a hot mess.  Like Britney-Spears-circa-2007-hot-mess.

 
So, with my secret organizing weapon by my side, I got to work.  


Like most projects I tackle, I started by emptying out the space and grouping everything into categories.



The cupboard section of the nightstand was crammed full of books (none of which I am currently reading), journals, room spray (hasn't been used since 2005), and an assortment of eye masks.  In the drawer I found more eye masks, pens, pencils, change, a book light, hair bands (including a mauve scrunchie that I have had since middle school), post-it notes, matches, and J's hospital tag from when he was a baby.

Let's all pause a moment to check out how tiny his little ankle was.  It's amazing how quickly they grow up.


Back to the nightstand.  Whenever I clean out a space in my house, I typically find that most of the clutter has an actual designated spot somewhere else in the house.  Thus, the thermometer went to the medicine cabinet, the matches and change went to the junk drawer, all the unused books went to the bookshelf in the office, the majority of the hair accessories went into the bathroom, the pens and post-its went to the desk in the kitchen, and the room spray and all but three of the eye masks went into the garbage.

Perhaps now is a good time to address my eye mask hoarding.  It is true.  I sleep every night with an eye mask.  I am 100% OCD about it.  I cannot sleep without one.  In high school and college, I had horrible insomnia and once I started sleeping with an eye mask, it all but cured it.  I have learned I am super sensitive to light, so in spite of the fact we have black-out blinds in our bedroom, I still strap on that mask every night.  My husband tells me it's sexy, and although I know he is just placating me, I choose to believe him.

I used these itty-bitty Command hooks on the side of my nightstand to hang my three remaining eye masks.  The directions said to wait an hour after adhering the hook before using, but this is a 30-minute challenge so ain't nobody got time for that.


Inside the drawer, I started off with this little mesh container that I had hiding in my basement.  A dab of poster putty on the bottom keeps it from sliding around the drawer.  



 Then I loaded up the drawer with my journals, Kindle, vitamins, book light and a couple pens/pencils.


And, yes, it is driving me crazy that my pens/pencils are just floating around the drawer and not in any kind of container.  I couldn't find anything that is the perfect size to fit in the space allotted, so for now they are free to roll about.


The cupboard is practically empty now, with just my Bible flying solo on a shelf.


A few more after pics for y'all:


And one more thing.  For some reason, I couldn't toss out that old scrunchie.  At the last minute, I rescued it from the trash and back into the drawer it went.


I'm curious to know...do any of you sleep with an eye mask?  Any other odd sleeping habits or rituals?  And do you think scrunchies will ever make a comeback?

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36 comments:

  1. I still use scrunchies! The only odd habit I have for sleeping is that I have to have MY pillow. No one else can use it, and it can only be MY ONE. I can't use two because it's too high. My husband can't be lying on my pillow either. It has to be ALL MINE!! Muahahaha! Aside from that, I HAVE to have all the closet doors in the house shut. *you know, to keep the Boogie Man inside* But, that's about it. :)

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    1. Ha! That is too funny! I, also, must have closet doors shut. But for me it is less about the Boogie Man and more about the clutter of the closet that keeps me up at night. ;)

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  2. Great job Kristin! Great idea with the command hooks for your masks.

    I have some scrunchies too :) I even wear them sometimes around the house.

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    1. I am glad to know I am not the only one that still owns a scrunchie!

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  3. I have my youngest's hospital bracelet in my nightstand drawer too... no idea why. My nightstand needs a little spruce up too, but I"m up to my kneck in kitchen organizing so I can't even think about it now. Too funny about your eye mask! I tried sleeping with one a few times... freaks me out that I cant just open my eyes and see right away. I guess I have a slight "boogie man complex" too. Keep up the great work!

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    1. Your kitchen is looking awesome! And I love all the recipes you include on your blog. :)

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  4. I definitely don't have any spare scrunchies lying about! I always sleep with an eye mask, though. I never wake up with it though, but it helps me fall asleep. I like the idea of hanging them on the side. I think I'll do that too.

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    1. I love knowing I am not the only one who sleeps with the eye mask! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment. :)

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  5. the floating bible made me think of bibles in a hotel. hee hee!

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    1. Haha! You are so right! Now, if only I had housekeeping to make my bed every morning...

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  6. Parenting with Love & Logic is sitting on my nightstand too! It's kind of my Bible for parenting. :)

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    1. I am right with you! That book is my go-to for all parenting questions. :)

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  7. No eye mask for me but I have to have ear plugs in. My husband is retired so he doesn't have to wake up as early as I do for work. I have trouble staying asleep so the ear plugs go in because he will come in and turn the TV on! Thanks you for this post. I can't wait to get busy on my nightstand. I hate even looking at it.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post and thanks for the comment. I use earplugs when we travel, but lucky for me, my husband is a very quiet sleeper.

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  8. Yes I also must sleep with an eye mask. I threw out the alarm clock because it was too bright! I'm going to dump out my nightstand today and figure out why I hide everything in there.

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    1. I also got rid of my alarm clock! Now I just use my cell phone. I think we should all start an "eye mask" club -- love finding out there are so many others out there with the same habit I have!

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  9. I still have that one scrunchie that won't go away either. It is immortal I think. Love the organization! I am motivated now. I am sure I have the exact same books sitting on my nightstand also!

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    1. Glad you stopped by and thanks for leaving a comment. Good luck on your own nightstand! :)

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  10. I sleep with an eye mask too! You are not alone!

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    1. Love it! Thanks for the solidarity!

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  11. My husband gives me a hard time because I sleep with about 7 pillows. I like one on each side (side sleeper is me), one between my knees and two under my head. Okay maybe that's only 5, but makes it sound like it's 100! I am a night shift nurse, so I also sleep with ear plugs and a portable fan for white noise. I'm a weirdo, I know.

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    1. I had a pillow hoarding issue when I was pregnant. There were so many pillows in our bed, there was hardly any room for my husband!

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  12. That is so funny! I often commit to throwing away objects for the sake of organizing only to return to the trash to retrieve them...then I too find an "organized" way to store it! :) I hate it when my husband takes the trash out before I remembered to dig that special object out! :)

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    1. Haha! I am the same about Goodwill items. I have to donate them immediately for fear that I will go back and pull things back out. :)

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  13. I bought and used an eye mask on my recent trip to Europe where we encountered "White Nights" (only 3 hours of darkness). I'm still using it because it makes me sleep sounder/deeper. I love my Eye Mask!

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    1. Yay! Isn't it amazing what a difference it makes?

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  14. Just love your ideas! Makes me want to get up right now and start organizing my drawers! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. I am glad you are feeling motivated -- good luck with your project!

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  15. My 9 year old daughter sleeps with an eye mask! She needs complete dark and her younger sister who sometimes sleeps with her needs a night light. I can sleep through anything. Your nightstand looks great! I need to tackle mine. It is my own personal junk drawer.

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    1. I wish I would have started at age 9 -- probably would have saved me years of insomnia. Good luck with your nightstand!

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  16. I just found your blog and love how you organized your nightstand. More than that though, I love knowing I'm not the only one who sleeps with a sleep mask!:) I have an electric candle in each of my windows for years --- just because I love them too --- however, my bedroom is not completely dark then, so I started using a mask and now I must have it on to fall asleep. I've also had some problems falling asleep sometimes and now when I put that mask on I feel like I'm pulling down the shades of the outside world and it's just "me and my mask" and time to go to sleep.:) If I try to go to sleep without it, I feel like my face is naked!:) Weird maybe --- but it works for me!
    I think I'll go subscribe to your blog now.:)

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    1. Thanks for your note! I am the same way about the eye mask. Once I put it on, I am somehow in my own little world. :)

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  17. Great project! Just stopping by from ABFOL and thought I'd say hello. For a 7 month stint, I was working the night shift and my bedtime was at 3pm. Wearing an eye mask was the only way I could manage to sleep at that hour. Even without ear plugs against the noise of the "normal" sleepers, eye masks are the key to a great "nights" sleep!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Audrey! I think the night-shift would be so hard and I am glad that the eye mask helped you sleep during those off hours.

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  18. I started wearing a sleep mask when I worked night shift years ago. Now, sleeping on a normal schedule, I still am very sensitive to light. Like you, even with blackout curtains I still have to have my mask. I get panicky if I forget my mask when I go on vacation, so I have one stashed in all my suitcases, too.

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    1. I also keep one stashed in my toiletry bag! One time I forgot mine and had to sleep with a t-shirt tied around my head. Attractive, I know.

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