Happy 2021! This year I am looking forward to starting the new year off with hope, feeling refreshed and renewed. Here’s one small, simple change you can make to meet the new year feeling well rested with more energy and peace of mind: Tidy up your nightstand.
Refreshed Bedside, Restful Sleep
Too much clutter raises our cortisol levels. These stress hormones disrupt sleep, leaving us tired and wired. Start your day with the energy that comes from sleeping well and waking in a space that makes you feel refreshed.
If you’re like most people, your nightstand is a collection of books and magazines you mean to read. Add loose change, crumpled bills, old receipts, prescription pills and a cup or two—before you know it, your most restful space is a chaos of clutter.
Pare it Down
To clear your nightstand clutter:
Spread everything on/in your nightstand across your bed
Throw out trash; recycle old papers and magazines
Put loose change in your piggy bank, loose bills in your wallet
Gather loyalty program cards in a rubber band and put them in your utility drawer
Relocate books you haven’t read to the bookshelf or your local Little Free Library
Stack magazines you still want to read on a coffee table or in a basket
Store medications in the bathroom
Put loose jewelry in your jewelry box
Remove cups and glasses
Simplicity is the Goal
A bedside table should hold only those things you use at night right before bed:
Two books or magazines
A tray for jewelry you wear every day (rings, watch)
A journal and one special pen
One personal item: A candle, a photo or a flower in a vase
Your bedroom is your inner sanctum. Make it peaceful and enjoy a brighter 2021!