In this video, I show you how to organize your bedroom nightstand or bedside table so you can easily find everything you need right before you go to bed, in the middle of the night, and right when you wake up in the morning!

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Hi everyone. I’m in my bedroom right now and I’m sitting next to my nightstand and I’m going to show you exactly how I organized my nightstand, what I keep inside, and just how I make everything easily accessible. So if I need something before I go to sleep or in the middle of the night, I know where everything is and it’s not a problem to grab it or not like shuffling around and stuff.

How to Organize the Nightstand

How to Organize the Nightstand

Let me show you exactly what I do here. So the very first thing I do at the top of the nightstand is I protect the nightstand so it doesn’t get scratched and I do that by putting felt pads to the bottom of every single thing that sits on top of the nightstand so like the alarm clock, the lamp, the phone, and then the candle. And you can just get – you could like make your own adhesive felt pads by getting a sheet of felt from the craft store and cutting squares or cutting circles and then just putting them at the bottom of something or you could just get felt pads at the Dollar Store. They’re always there whenever I go.

So next thing I do is I have an adhesive cord clip that just like sticks to the back of a nightstand that holds my phone charger in place. So it holds it up so the charger doesn’t actually fall behind the nightstand when the phone is unplug from the charge. And it’s brown so it matches the color of the furniture. It doesn’t like stick out because it’s white or pink or something. So yeah, so that is nice.

And then also, when I was looking for a lamp for the nightstand, I bought so many different lamps before I finally settled on this one. And one of the things that I wish I would have known before I did all this lamp shopping is to find a lamp that has a cord that attaches from the bottom of the lamp itself like a lot of lamps are liked the cord hang from the top part and then when you walk into the bedroom, the first thing you would see or the first thing I saw was the cord that hang down.

So if you’re lamp shopping, one tip for you is to find a lamp that the cord is from the bottom and not hanging from the top because then it dangles and then you see it. OK. So that’s just little like cosmetic thing. But yeah, that’s everything on top of the nightstand. Let me show you what’s inside the drawers.

Organizing Your Nightstand Drawers

How to Organize Your Bedroom Nightstand / Bedside Table

How to Organize Your Bedroom Nightstand / Bedside Table

So let me show you what’s inside the first drawer. OK. So the first thing I do here is I have two organizers. These are just normal desk office or kitchen organizers and they are puttied down so they don’t move. So if I open this drawer really hard, they’re not going to slide back because of the Museum Putty that’s on the bottom of them. That’s why I love Museum Putty.

All right. So let me quickly show you what’s inside here. So, I have foot cream, a VapoRub, lip balm, lotion, Vaseline in this little cute travel size. I think this is like a new size. I came across that recently. Head medication in a travel size bottle, a flashlight so in case of power outages or in the middle of the night, and then I have a highlighter.

So I always highlight books whenever I’m reading them. I always highlight the things I want to remember so I keep that because I like to read in bed sometimes. I have a bookmark, two pens, and I have some sticky notes down here in case I want to write something down like in case some kind of inspirational thought or some kind of idea comes to mind, I can just jot it down right here. There is ponytail holder and then there is a pack of tissues.

Nightstand Drawer

The second drawer right here has some of the bigger things. Like there is not really an organizer inside just because there are big things and it’s a small drawer. So let me show you what’s inside. OK. So the second drawer here, I have an eye mask to keep the light out, and then this is – it’s a different type of eye mask that you can put it in a microwave or you can put it in a freezer and then put it over your eyes and it’s like such a great feeling. I always microwave that and it just – if you have a headache, it feels nice.

And then this is the same thing as this but it’s for your neck. And so again, you can microwave it or you can freeze it and it will just make your neck feel great and it’s great if you have any kind of pain in your body. So I love these things. They also smell like lavender and I got it from the grocery store. It’s made by Earth Therapeutic. It’s just really nice.

OK. So that’s that drawer. OK. So moving on down here, so down here, I have two baskets. So before I show you what’s inside the baskets, let me just tell you a quick furniture tip. If you are in a market for any type of furniture in your house and you are the type of person who gets bothered by seeing wires hanging like I do then make sure you get a furniture with a backing behind it so the wires will hang behind the backing and it’s not visible.

So like this nightstand here, it’s open from like here all the way to the back so I can just look back and I can see the wall and I can also see the wires that hang down, so annoying. So I didn’t realize this until after I got the nightstand. So make sure you find – you get furniture that has a backing if you’re bothered by wires. So how I’m solving the problem of seeing the wires is putting baskets right here to kind of cover the back of it. And so now, I can’t really see the wires.

So let me show you what’s inside this basket. So the first thing I did was find a basket with a nice liner so I cannot stand baskets that don’t have liners because sometimes the thread or the fabric gets snagged or pulls and then it’s like destroyed. So whenever I get a basket, I always get a nice liner and plus it’s just like softer to reach in and grab something. OK. So that’s the first thing I did here.


Let me show you what’s inside. I have fuzzy socks right here. So a lot of times in the middle of the night, my feet get cold or before I go to sleep, I forget to get socks so it’s nice to not be able to get out of bed but just reach into this basket and grab fuzzy socks and then to just fold them, all I do is just ball them together. Grab the socks just like that and then just go just like that and just make them into a ball just like that.

And then I have a heating pad for whenever I’m having pain or something. It’s just right here by the bed. And then inside this little baggy, I have a dust rug. So, one of the things that I cannot stand to be dusty is the nightstand. I really dust my nightstand like every day or every other day because dust on the nightstand just bothers me. It’s like right by your face. It’s right by where you go to bed. So having a dust rug nice and convenient right here is nice and then I’ll just swap out the dust rug whenever it gets dirty and it’s time to wash it. But yeah, it stays in here so nothing else gets dusty. I do the same thing inside my closet because I cannot stand when my closet gets dusty either.

And then on the bottom of the basket, I have felt pads so again, nothing is going to get scratched when you like slide the basket. And then when I was organizing this, I was like standing afar and looking at these two baskets here and I was thinking, “Oh, I can see the stuff inside that kind of bothers me.” So I thought, “Well OK, maybe I’ll get lids, maybe I’ll get baskets with lids instead.” But then I realized that the lid is not very functional and it’s nice to just be able to just reach in and grab something without having to take it all out and then grab something. So I was just like completely mixed with the lid.

So in the second basket right here, I just have bottles of water so if I wake up in the middle of the night and I need water for whatever reason, I don’t want to have to go downstairs and wake up Ed or wake up Mojo. Everything is just like right here. I can just grab it and then whenever the water bottles get lower. I just come back and I refill it right here.

Keeping Cords Organized

So at the bottom of the nightstand, I just have this cord box or it just like contains all the cords inside so it doesn’t look like there are cords everywhere like everything is just like inside the box. So yeah, it’s just nice because when you walk inside the room, my nightstand is like the first thing you see besides the bed. And so when you see cords everywhere, it just kind of looks messy and it just – as a perfectionist, it just doesn’t look very nice. So hiding the wires inside the box is nice.

So that’s everything that I want to show you inside my nightstand and just tell you like how to make things accessible and how to organize your nightstand. I hope you found this video helpful. If you want more tips or if you want to sign up for my free video series, you can go over to my website, Alejandra.TV and I’ll see you there.

Thanks for watching and I’ll see you soon. Bye!

About Alejandra

About Alejandra

Since 2008, organizing expert & certified life coach, Alejandra Costello has taught thousands of students in 132 countries how to get organized through her video-based training programs. Her YouTube videos have been viewed 100+ million times. Named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV and “The Decluttering Queen” by Good Morning America, Alejandra’s expertise has been featured in The New York Times,, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Parents Magazine, and CBS. 


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