5 Things We Always Keep on Our Nightstands (and a Few Things We Definitely Don’t)

5 Things We Always Keep on Our Nightstands (and a Few Things We Definitely Don’t)

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Dabney Frake
Mar 28, 2016

If your nightstand could talk, what would it say about you? Is it a purely functional place for just the basics, or do you make room for more personal items that provide an intimate glimpse of your life? The Apartment Therapy editorial teams shares what items always live bedside (and why), and what never, ever will.

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Adrienne: I always keep: 1) ear plugs (I live next to a really busy street); 2) an amethyst crystal (I don't really think that it absorbs negative energy while I sleep, but I want to believe); 3) an empty mug (I pour hot earl gray tea in a thermos every night, which I keep on the floor by my bed; I sip from the mug luxuriously as I wake up.); 4) a framed photo of my beloved cat Angus; and 5) Bobby pins (It's not something I plan to keep there they just sprout up every day). My nightstand's pretty small so I can't fit much more on it. I actively don't keep glasses of water on top of it (rather keep them on the floor) because I tend to knock them over constantly.

Dabney's Nightstand (with Humidifier)
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Dabney: Sadly, I never have a pile of books I'm currently reading next to me, since I read almost exclusively by iPad these days. I do have a ton of old books that I read years ago but just haven't moved. I also apparently like to keep travel souvenirs next to the bed. I have a Japanese print I bought in Kyoto in 2004, a tiny tagine from Morocco (that keeps my earplugs dust-free), and a disposable wine glass I used while seeing Hedwig and the Angry Inch a couple of years ago (why? I don't know). It now holds random change. Any other random bits that wind up there are swiped into the nightstand's lone drawer, which is a little bit of a nightmare. I deal with it periodically, but only when I have to.

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Tara: Always on "my" nightstand are: water; lamp; phone; and a mantra. Currently it's "What I expect is what happens." I live alone, so the other side of the bed still has a nightstand but less practical stuff inhabits it, like: another lamp; a bowl of rocks and crystals; mala beads; and an elephant planter a friend brought back from Thailand.

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Taryn: My phone (it's also my alarm clock), a lamp (which, incidentally, I never ever use), and small ceramic catch-all dish, which catches hair ties, bobby pins and whatever jewelry I take off before bed. I also must have a glass of water (probably in a brewery glass because that's all we have), and lip balm (Burt's Bees makes a mango butter one I can't live without).

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