Organise your bedside table

This is the Wednesday task from Daily Housewifery Prompts which, by the way, is a weekly post here on A Thrifty Mrs aiming to help you keep your home ticking over with minimal effort. I’m lazy and you are too, admit it.

Organised bedside table
I don’t know about you but my bedside table keeps my life trotting by nicely, so I like to keep it it organised. I want to get into bed of an evening and know everything I need before I go to sleep is in one place and everything I might need throughout or the night or in the morning is there too.

On my bedside tableSo what is my bedside set up?
I have a small bedside table with two shallow drawers. On the top I have a lamp, a picture, my land line phone, whichever book I’m currently reading along with face cream and a hydrating spray which helps with my hay fever. Of an evening I tend also to keep my phone on the base of my lamp, a glass of water on a coaster and a to-do list on top of my books. Every night I write out my to do list in bed and re-read it before I go to sleep. It really helps me feel organised and I swear, the nights I don’t do it I have really patchy sleep.

Top drawerInside my drawers I have the usual assortment of hair clips, lip balms, lotions and potions, earphones, pens etc. but instead of just throwing them in I keep them neatly organised so I can just reach in and find what I want when I want it.

What do I use to organise such a small space? An assortment of goodies. I have some cheap little trays from Muji which I use throughout the house but I also employ vintage teacups to house my hairbands and hairgrips and items which might otherwise find themselves headed to the bin. The perspex cases are actually the cases iPods come in, they’re perfect because they have a lid so nothing gets dusty and if you’re storing a beauty item which might get greasy or a bit dirty then it can’t transfer to anything else in the drawer.

Bottom drawerI also use fruit punnets a lot for easy organisation. Here, in the top drawer, I’m just using the lid of a cherry punnet to keep my bed gloves and manky only-used-when-taking-make-up-off hairband nice and neat but in my desk drawer over in my office they help me keep all kinds of things organised without having to spend a single extra penny. Bargain.

Organising goodiesThe key to getting this area right is observation. Keep a box next to your bed and for the next couple of nights every time you use something essential to your nightly routine put it in the box. Also add in things you might only use once in a while but when you do they’re something which you need quickly – for me that is vapour rub, Olbas oil and painkillers. Once you’ve observed what you need and have collected together your must haves, think about where you need it to be and organise it accordingly.

So go forth and think about what you need in that spot. What are you shuffling around your house trying to find before bed? Getting stressed before you go to bed does not equal a smooth transit into the world of skipping sheep and free shoes, AKA sleep.

I was asked about this topic by some lovely ladies via my ‘help me’ email service, namely Laura, Sara, Frances and Cherry. I hope it was helpful and if you do have any questions about housewifery, saving money, charity shops or generally anything I blog about please do feel free to drop me a line to and I’ll try to help. I do take sometime to sort out an answer I’m afraid but I do try my best to give helpful advice which is well thought out rather than rushed and useless guff…at least I hope so!


P.S. How organised is your bedside table?

P.P.S. I’ve annotated the photographs of drawers over on flickr so if you’re a nosy type you can click the photo and see what each item in my drawers is – you nosy thing, you.

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  1. gosh you are an organised bod.

    I have a small square table beside the bed, because if I have anything with drawers I just fill them with crap.

    So my table has lamp, books, mags, water, nail varnish.
    Underneath the table I keep more books, and make up wipes.

    Sounds neat and tidy, and it is right now because I had a good clear out & tidy yesterday, but it does get very messy. I am not as organised as you!

  2. I organised my bedside table yesterday, I am ahead for once! On the top of mine I have lamps, small pile of books I am reading, tissues and a coaster on which my water goes at bedtime. There are three drawers, the top one contains things like emery board, painkillers, face cream, things I might need. Second drawer has all my make-up. third drawer has all my letter-writing stuff.

  3. my bedside cabinet has a large cupboard containing jewelry box, make up and pj,s. There is 1 drawer which holds hand cream,, face cream, spare specs,and a mini first aid kit. On the top there is a lamp, a pretty candle, a shallow china tureen (minus lid) holding some seed pods and coloured rocks from Australia, a bicycle pump!? oh and let us not forget a fine coat of dust. I am not a slattern my window is wide open so i will wipe it off when I close down for the evening. I am only tidy because if I can not find what I need NOW I tend to get a tad stressy

  4. Great ideas!
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  5. I love the tea cup idea 😀

  6. i love how u organised it

  7. What a fantatic idea to use vintage teacups to organise your drawers! Organised AND stylish!

    karen joanne xx

  8. I just looked at my own bedside table (which actually isn’t by me bed because my room is so tiny at uni) and did a massive frown. It is a horrendous mess full of beauty projects, most of which I do actually use at either morning or night but all of which are randomly scattered after my organisation goes wild. I definitely need to find myself some storage ideas so that everything can be kept in one place neatly! And Heart of Darkness, I’d love to hear your thoughts. I read it last year as part of my course and HATED it haha, I just didn’t ‘get’ it at all! (: x

  9. Do I see a box of Guatemalen worry dolls at the back of that drawer??? Glad i’m not the only one who has them in her bedside table…

  10. Is that a box of Guatemalen worry dolls? Nice that i’m not the only one who keeps those in her bedside table.

  11. just bought new bedside tables with three drawers each, and no idea what to put in mine (it all lives on top of the dresser and looks like a mess!). Now I know! Fab!

  12. Can you do a give away in which the prize in yiu for a day. I could really use you to organise my dumping groun that is my bedside table ha ha. Suprisingly my drawers are relatively organised but the top just gets all kinds dumped on it. I think your lovely tidy bedside table may have shamed me into getting organised x

  13. I try so hard to keep my bedside table organised, but the top draw ALWAYS ends up like a junk draw. I’ll have to take on some of your tips. xx

  14. Wow! That is what I call good organisation! :)

  15. I need new bedside cabinets. As opposed to an Ikea stool. I shall need more drawers in my life.

  16. But what happens if you’re me and your bedside table isn’t a table at all, but is a giagntic quadruple stack of books? Haha, there’s no hope for me! At least I’ve always got something at hand to read, I suppose.

  17. I just found a GORGEOUS mod bedside table for one buck at the flea market, so I’m going to put it to use in my bedroom today. Your post came right in time! :)

    Gonna spend some time going through your inspiring archives today, yay!

  18. Love the use of fruit punnets- the fact they are clear makes them a perfect receptacle!!! Fancy coming over to sort out my lot?!…. xXx

  19. Oh what a brilliant idea to use punnets as organiser type things. Genius, woman, genius! xx

  20. Completely unorganised…I don’t even have one! I need to be more savvy about these things haha.

    Enter to WIN my Vintage Tea Party giveaway!

  21. Oh nooo – you should see mine – it’s a mess :( Must really clear it out asap.

  22. I am THE MOST unorganized person in the world! This post is so helpful!!

    Diary of a Short Girl

  23. Hmmm…I thought I’d done this task…but I only did on top…not inside the drawer…grrr. :)

  24. I have a lovely office cupboard that I got from my staples because it was closing down. But the sad thing is I cant get into it as I have my magazine baskets blocking the way!!!! And the top of it is a nightmare!!!! As I collect tins and these live everywhere!!! But I think I will have a pop at the weekend!!

  25. Very well organised. My bedside table is a redundant ironing board, I no longer iron. On it is a lamp, a library book, tub of aqueous cream, wind up clock, and a small torch.

  26. I’m going to try similar for my bathroom drawers (well a trolley on wheels actually). What are the bed gloves for? Intriguing 😉

  27. The actual bedside table is BEAUTIFUL! It’s so vintage and pretty :)

  28. Anonymous says:

    my bedside cabinet has 3 nice deep drawers, which are used for socks, panties and T shirts. on top there’s a lamp, alarm clock and loads of junk i can’t be bothered to organise. i’m not a tidy person, so my bedroom is as messy as it could get. :)

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