Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Nightstand Organization

As I mentioned in this post, I'm still on an organizing kick. I had a pretty productive Sunday and got a lot of spaces organized/cleaned! I guess I am starting my Spring cleaning early. :) I have some things to share from Sunday, but I wanted to show you guys another quick organizing project I accomplished last week while I was still snowed in at home.

This is one of my nightstands. Well, how it looked before I got sick of looking at it. (Yes, there is a lot going on with that wall in the background, but that's another post for another day!)

I sleep with a fan at night so that explains that, but that Pez from Easter and all those papers on the bottom shelf had to go. Actually, it really doesn't look that bad in the picture, but in person it looked like there were 3,000 papers about to tip over at any given time. Basically, this is the spot than whenever I get home from church or Bible studies, I just toss all my papers/books there. Every time I would walk through my bedroom I would see that stack of papers and it really started to bug me.

I had been putting off doing this project because I was really hoping to find some cute bins, maybe at Target or Homegoods, to organize my nightstand belongings, but I never did :( So being stuck at home for 3 days in a row was enough to make me accept that I just had to use what I had and I finally got to it.

Here's what I did:

I had 2 of these baskets in my "office" - can't really call it that yet because that room is a joke - for over 2 years. I was planning to use them in there, but never had a good reason for them so I brought one into my room and stuck it in the nightstand. It fit perfectly! I couldn't believe how nicely it fit. I even took a picture and sent it to my mom to show her.

Anyway, I stole some old folders from my file cabinet that weren't being used anymore (I'm going to have to re-label them once I get some labels) and made one for holding sermon notes, one for my papers from small group at church and another for studies for a Bible study that my roommate and I host.

I also popped in my Bible and notebooks in because I generally read scripture on my iPad (look at me! So 2014!) instead of the old school way. I added a little Ikea vase to hold my post it flags and a pen for when I am developing my studies or reading through a book. So now I have my "Jesus basket" all ready to go and whenever I need to plan a study or have my quiet time, it's a lot easier to grab what I am looking for! Also, it's much easier to put everything back where it should go.

Look how nicely this basket fits into its home! :)

It's a beautiful thing.


Faith said...

I love your lamp!

This completely makes me want to have a nightstand. I've been saying I'll get one for so long and just haven't done it.

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

It is a beautiful thing! I love that lamp (and your comforter) too!! You are on an organizing kick! Good for you!! So you finally got some snow too? :)

Dee D said...

That basket made all the difference in the world. That was organization at its finest... great job.