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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)