How to Create a Beautifully Organized Nightstand

Nightstand organization can be a total game changer! Create a beautifully organized nightstand that holds everything you need in one neat and tidy spot!

How to Create a Beautifully Organized Nightstand

Organizing my nightstand has been on my to-do list for a while now. I knew that taking the time to create well thought out systems would be beneficial, but it was a smaller project and the nightstand wasn’t too terribly disorganized, so I just kept putting it off.

But when I walked into our room one day and was met with this…

Messy Nightstand Before Photo

…I knew it was time to create some order out of the chaos!

Smart Nightstand Organization Ideas

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My Nightstand Before

We’ve had these nightstands for about a year now, but I never really took the time to decide what I wanted to keep in mine. I just ended up throwing random items (which I would inevitably forget about) in the drawers.

Messy Top Drawer of Nightstand Before Photo

Books, notebooks, electronics, papers… The drawers were a random assortment of everything, and I knew I could be smarter about how I used the space.

Messy Middle Drawer of Nightstand Before Photo

I hadn’t even taken the time to clear out all of the remnants of the styrofoam that the nightstand had come packed in!

Messy Bottom Drawer of Nightstand Before Photo

Step 1- Take everything out.

The first thing I did was take everything out of the nightstand drawers and remove all of the items from the top surface.

I like to start with a blank slate whenever possible so I can come up with the best configuration for the items I want to store.

Step 2- Sort by type.

As I cleared everything out of the nightstand, I began putting like items together. I kept all of my notebooks together, books together, electronics together, etc.

Nightstand Items Sorted

Step 3- Discard and relocate.

Along with grouping together the items I wanted to keep, I also made piles of items that I wanted to get rid of or move somewhere else.

I had a lot of random papers in my drawers that I didn’t need anymore. There were tons of writing utensils that would be put to better use in my office. I had books that I was finished reading that could be re-shelved.

And I’m currently using my phone alarm, so I decided to put my alarm clock away for a bit to see if I came back to it or not. (I am a terrible waker-upper, so I’m always changing up my wake up routine to try to make it easier!)

Step 4- Make a plan.

When I was left with only the items I wanted to keep, I realized I was going to have some extra space. I was able to grab some random items that I had been storing in my closet temporarily to give them a permanent home in the nightstand.

Once I had gathered all of the items I wanted to keep in my nightstand and had them separated by type, I grabbed my notebook and sketched out a quick organization plan. (Please don’t judge my artistic ability… or lack thereof! 😉 )

Organized Nightstand Plan

I realized that the items I wanted to store fell into three basic categories: electronics, toiletries, and books/notebooks.

Since I have three drawers in my nightstand, this ended up working out perfectly! I decided to create a charging station for my electronics in the top drawer, house my toiletries in the middle drawer, and keep books and notebooks in the bottom drawer.

Step 5- Refill the space.

Now that I had a basic plan mapped out, it was time to execute it!

I first wiped down all of the drawers so they were nice and clean.

I then added a pretty drawer liner in each drawer for a nice pop of pattern. This also helped protect the bottom of the drawers a little bit.

Drawer Liner in Organized Nightstand

Organized Nightstand Top Drawer- Charging Station

I had to grab Donnie for assistance to create the charging station in the top drawer since it involved drilling some holes in the back of the drawer and nightstand itself.

Nightstand Charging Station

I actually wrote a whole separate post about how to turn a drawer into a charging station, so you can head here if you’re thinking of doing something similar!

DIY Charging Station in Nightstand Drawer

In this drawer, I decided to use small bins so each device had its own designated spot. The bins also helped to corral and hide the cords a bit better.

Here’s how the top drawer of the nightstand looked before and after…

Top Drawer of Organized Nightstand, Before and After

Organized Nightstand Middle Drawer- Toiletries

Since I was putting a bunch of smaller items in the toiletries drawer, bins were a must.

As i did with the top drawer, I used my Cricut cutting machine + adhesive vinyl to label the bottoms of the bins. That way, if something gets taken out, it’s easy to see where it’s supposed to go to put it back.

Organized Nightstand Drawer with Labeled Bins

(I shared a tutorial for creating vinyl labels with a Cricut machine here and a Silhouette machine here.)

Once my bins were labeled, it was time to fill them up. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I was able to fit in this drawer. It is so nice to have these pampering items close by when I need them!

Organized Nightstand Drawer with Toiletries

In the middle drawer I ended up storing…

Here’s a little before and after:

Middle Drawer of Organized Nightstand, Before and After

Organized Nightstand Bottom Drawer- Books and Notebooks

The bottom drawer was practically empty when I started, so it wasn’t too hard to pop a few things in here!

I just added one bin to corral the writing utensils. I also kept my devotional materials, notebooks, and planners in this drawer for easy access.

Organized Nightstand Drawer with Books, Notebooks, and Writing Utensils

Here’s the before and after…

Bottom Drawer of Organized Nightstand, Before and After

Step 6- Enjoy your beautifully organized nightstand!

So that’s it! The nightstand went from an afterthought to a neatly organized space that is both functional and beautiful. I love it when every single item has a designated home!

Organized Nightstand

The top of the nightstand got a little transformation too!

Organized Nightstand Before and After

I hope this post gave you some ideas for organizing your own nightstand! No matter what shape or size nightstand you have, implementing some simple systems can really make it work hard for you.

If you’re looking for some other bedroom organization ideas, these posts can help:

DIY Charging Station in a Nightstand

Organized Master Closet Tour

How to Organize a Small Closet

Organizing Clothes with the KonMari Method

[Psssttt… Don’t miss our top 100 tips for organizing every single room in your house!]

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How to Organize a Nightstand

What’s your favorite tip for keeping your nightstand organized? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for following along! Have a wonderful day!

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  1. Ok, I’m convinced that some of us are just dumb in this area of organization. You are not one of us. This is super cute and simple. Thank you for your help!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Haha! You are too kind, Lindsey! I bet you’re better than you think, though! 🙂 Hope you’re having a great week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  2. Abby Lawson says:

    Aw, thanks so much, Laura. I’m glad it was helpful. Hope you’re having a great week! <3

    ~Abby =)

  3. Thank you for sharing this, Abby! This was so incredibly helpful.

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      So glad it was helpful for you, Katie! Have an awesome week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  4. Love these ideas and love the nightstands! Would you mind sharing where you got them? Enjoying your blog! Thanks!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Hi Gretchen! They are the Astoria 32″ Nightstands from Pottery Barn. They are linked in that post if you need help finding them.


  5. I redid my bed side table as soon as I read this. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      So glad it was helpful! Enjoy your newly organized bedside table!

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