Solve your everyday organizing dilemmas by creating an elegant, clutter-free shelving display.
By Sarah Stebbins; Photography by Wendell T. Webber
A nightstand can be lots of things—a curvaceous table or a chest of drawers. The trick in all cases, says Sachs, is to be judicious about what you keep on the piece and how you display it. This is especially important if you're dealing with a small surface area and no enclosed storage. Arrange books and magazines in stacks, and conceal remotes and the like in a graceful bowl or basket to help neaten the arrangement.
—Sleep strategy. Choose a stand that's no higher than a few inches from the top of the mattress and position it close to the bed so that essentials are within reach. Grouping everything—a lamp, alarm clock, and water glass—on a large tray can also bring order to the display, says Sachs.
—Make it work for you. Ask yourself what kinds of things you might need before bedtime, and keep only those items (reading glasses, tissues) on the nightstand, says Kosloff. Stacks of to-dos and unnecessary clutter will only induce stress.