How Does One Function with a Dysfunctional Nightstand?

It's project month here at Apartment Therapy, and it has me thinking about organizing my space, so this question actually comes directly from me. How does one function with a dysfunctional nightstand?

These Lack tables from Ikea have been a necessary nuisance since they managed to stowaway into my apartment, and it seems as if my bedroom always looks like a qualified mess: piles of books, chapstick, lotion, bed-side water glasses and cell phone alarm clock: it's such a clutter! I find that I can't even sleep without a tidy space.

Trays and floating drawers just add to the clutter. Without buying new tables or super-expensive storage systems, how do you keep your bedside nightstand looking stylish and organized?

(Image: Andie Wuster)