The three things I keep on my nightstand

My nightstand used to be the grand central station for everything that didn’t have a “home” in my bedroom. I would wake and up knock over 2 or 3 things before being able to turn my phone alarm off. I finally decided enough is enough and made a commitment to keeping my nightstand clear of clutter - and I’m telling you it was one of the best decisions I have ever made!

Your nightstand is one of the first things you see when you wake up.

Why did I wake up next to chaos and clutter for so long? 

I honestly feel like waking up next to a clean surface has improved my day- I know that sounds crazy, but I’m telling you something about it works! I feel like I’m starting the day with a fresh view. And if that doesn’t sound convincing enough, here are two studies that found that keeping a clean bedroom actually helps make you happy and helps you get a better sleep

Here is what I keep on my nightstand (and nothing else)!


1. Two or three books

Not really because I like to read, but more so because I think they are pretty. I love cookbooks. I love looking at the pictures. Something about them motivates me to make a healthy, home-cooked meal instead of going out. The three books I currently have on my nightstand are: Kate Spade New York: All in Good TasteIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), and Matcha: A Lifestyle Guide.

nightstand books


2. Fresh flowers

So you may already know that I am a firm believer in the feng shui rule that every room should have something living in it. Your bedroom is no exception to this. I love keeping fresh flowers on my nightstand. Not only does it make the room smell and feel brighter, but they are wonderful to wake up to. Flowers can be costly, but I strongly believe the benefits of having them around are very much worth it.


3. A gratitude journal

There’s no better place for a gratitude journal than your nightstand. Before bed or upon waking are the best times to jot down a few daily gratitudes. I keep my PG journal in Starlight Blue open to the daily gratitude page so I never forget to record at least one thing. You can easily use a notepad or blank journal as well!


I’d love to hear how you keep your nightstand clutter-free? Leave a comment with what you keep on yours.