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  • Four Reasons Why You Need A Nightstand

    Some of our readers may have a hard time imagining it, but yes, there are some people out there who for whatever reason simply decide not to have a nightstand in their bedroom.

    If you’re one of those people—great! We’re not here to judge, and we’re sure you have your reasons.

    But maybe you’re a little on the fence. Maybe you’re sick of looking at that naked area next to your bed. Maybe you just need somewhere to set your bottle of water at night. Whatever the reason, if you’ve been wrestling with the idea of getting some nightstands for your bedroom, we’ve got four reasons that just might tip the scales for you:

     

    Safe keeping for everyday items

    One of the best and perhaps most obvious uses for a nightstand is to serve as a ‘landing zone’ for things you need every day. Glasses? Check. Watches? Check. Phone? Check. (Especially if your nightstand is near an outlet so you can keep your phone charged, or if you use a phone charging station to keep your phone and laptop appropriately juiced up.) Nightstands provide a great place to keep daily essentials you take everywhere so you won’t lose them when you get home, nor will you (hopefully) forget them in the morning!

     

    Better unwinding at the end of the day

    We know what you’re thinking: “how the heck is a small table going to make it easier for me to go to bed at the end of the day”? You got us there, but it isn’t so much the nightstand itself as it is what the nightstand can hold. Everyone has their pre-bedtime rituals, be it reading, meditating, playing Nintendo Switch, and so on, and having a nightstand close nearby can help you keep all these sleeping supplies organized and right where you need them. Just be careful about using your phone too close to bedtime—that bright light isn’t good for you when it gets dark out!

     

    Emergency supplies

    We all remember our parents and teachers telling us about making an Emergency Preparedness Kit, and while that might be a little drastic in the bedroom, there’s still something to be said for keeping around some last-ditch supplies in the event that the power goes out or the weather takes a turn in the middle of the night. If you have a drawer in your nightstand, toss some candles, batteries, a portable phone charger, and maybe a flashlight in there to help see you through until the lights come back on.

     

    Personal/medical goods

    Many of us have woken up in the middle of the night sneezing and feeling terrible, right? When the idea of moving or even just getting out of bed seems too daunting to attempt, a good nightstand can hang onto things like tissues, medicine, cough drops, or even just something like hand lotion to keep you as comfortable as possible without having to even leave the bed.

     

    A glass of water

    Come on—everyone gets thirsty, right?

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  • So You Don't Have A Closet: Now What?

    It happens more often than you might expect. You’ve moved into your new apartment or dream house, or maybe you’re off on an extended stay somewhere far away for school or work.

    You walk into your new (or temporary) living quarters and look around, only to make a horrifying discovery: you don’t have a closet!

    It’s okay! Now isn’t the time to panic. Instead, now is a great opportunity to look into some alternate clothing organization strategies and see just how you can get your bedroom organized without a closet. (Don’t be scared, we’re right here to help!)

     

    Get some storage furniture

    The first step is to review your surroundings and see what you have (other than a bed and nightstands) to work with. Take stock of any storage options you might have like shelves or clothing tacks, and then work from there—bedroom dressers are always a good call in places like this, so you might just have an excuse to pick up that vintage armoire you’d been eyeing.

     

    Look under the bed

    Speaking of beds, no bedroom is complete without one (it’s right there in the name!) and you can use this to your advantage. If your bed sits high enough to hold some plastic storage bins or other flat clothing storage boxes, use those to keep less-frequently worn things like dress clothes, seasonal outfits, and the like. (And if it doesn’t sit high enough, a lot of places sell bed risers for exactly this purpose.)

     

    Get some shelves

    By now you might not have a lot more floor space to devote to this plan, so the next step is to use wall shelving. Keep anything folded up there like shirts, pants, or even shoes (if there’s no room elsewhere for those), and in a pinch you can devote your shelf brackets to a space for hanging clothes like dresses and blazers. Speaking of…

     

    Look for hanging space

    You don’t have to be a diehard “do-it-yourself” type to make the most of this step—you just need a little imagination. A lot of wall shelves let you slide a bar in between the brackets or hang it off the bottom to simulate the closet racks you might have seen if, you know, you had a closet.

     

    Use the door

    Over the door storage is a perfect solution for situations like this. Hang something up over the back of your bedroom door for coats, hats, accessories, bags, or anything else that doesn’t fit on your other storage options.

     

    Have you ever had to deal with a room that didn’t have a closet? Leave a comment below and tell us what you did!

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