Magazine article Working Mother

Get Organized: Bedside Bliss

Magazine article Working Mother

Get Organized: Bedside Bliss

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Sweet Dreams: Top your nightstand with things that calm the senses, such as fresh flowers and scented candles. Anything that causes stress, like your BlackBerry or checkbook, doesn't belong here. * Use a jewelry holder to keep earrings and rings from rolling onto the floor. * Keep a bottle or carafe of water on hand. * Place a magazine caddy by the bed for extra storage. * Free up more space by using wall-mounted lighting.

Is your nightstand a nightmare? If it's piled high with bills to pay and books to read, no wonder you toss and turn in bed. But with organizer Ann Sullivan's system, you'll transform this space into an oasis of order. Ah, rest easy!

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In your journal, make a list of all the things you do in the bedroom. You want this space to be a retreat, so cross off any activities that can be done elsewhere, such as folding the laundry or balancing the checkbook. Next, jot down all the things you get up to retrieve after you've already slipped under the sheets, such as tissues and hand lotion. …

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