I think we all have those areas in our bedroom that I like to call ‘clutter central’. Mine is my bedside table. No matter what I do, everything seems to end up there. The surface is usually scattered with lip balms, cups of water, candles and hairbands. The middle sections has more hair products on display than a salon would and at the bottom is a tangled mess of hair straighteners, hair dryers, tongs and headphones. It was definitely time for a detox, but this time instead of just tidying the area I wanted to find some storage solutions to prevent it turning back into this mess… 

Let’s start at the bottom, do I really need all my hair tools sprawled out on the floor?! No. I found this soft storage bag at H&M Home and it fits perfectly underneath. In there I keep all my hair tools and because the bag is soft and bendy it’s easy to reach in to grab one. 

Now to tackle the product mess. I tend to do my hair in my bedroom sitting in front of the mirror, so I like to have products nearby but there is no way I use all of those. The ones I use less frequently I put back into the bathroom and for the others I found another storage solution at H&M Home. This small wired basket and ‘Oats & Co’ basket were sold separately bur I thought they looked great together. Inside I keep my hairbrush, heat protector and my most used styling products. Underneath the basket I keep an invisible heat proof matt so I can rest my straighteners on the table whilst straightening my hair. 

I find it incredibly hard to keep surfaces clean and tidy but there really isn’t much I actually need on my bedside table so I tried to be strict. So here are some new rules I’ve created for myself… 

1. Only one candle on the table at a time 
2. Remember to take the cup down to the kitchen every morning! 
3. Only one lip balm on rotation at a time

The acrylic storage was a gift but you can find similar things at Muji or The Holding Company

I’m so glad I made the time to do this because as silly as it sounds, a detoxed bedside table  and a tidy environment definitely makes for a better sleep (mum you were right for all those years!). 

So have I inspired you to give your bedside table a detox?

Discuss this post

  • Mira Devils

    My bedside table needs a detox badly!! Thanks for the inspirations.

    xx Mira

  • Jenn

    I love it Lily, it looks so pretty! I dont have space for a table next to my bed, so everything always ends up on the floor right next to it. But I also made strict rules, which include only one book, one cup and one pack of tissues haha. Nicely done :)

  • Lisa T

    i really do love the decor you have in your side table. i wish my room was bigger though, my partner and i have little room to work with!

  • Hannah Beth

    God I love a clean room – doesn’t it make you feel calmer? Great post Lily :)

    Hannah xx

  • Beccy

    I really need to do this – my bedside table is such a mess, it’s embarrassing!

    Beccy // Bluebell & Bumpkin

  • Divya Vijay

    Great tips on bedside storage! I always always over-store my bedside tables.
    I find that a quick weekend cleanup keeps the things sailing smoothly. 15 mins every weekend or an hour at the end of the month, i prefer the former when it comes to detoxing my side tables.

  • Sarah morethanadored

    For me it’s the top of my chest of drawers.. More often then not it’s scattered with piles of clean clothes and just about every moisturiser under the sun. Love the cute storage you found though :)

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  • sophiesmakeupblog

    I really need to detox my bedside table, I think I have about 5 lip balms on there at the moment! Great post and ideas Lily x


  • Ciara Pollock

    I have such a small bedroom, I think the whole room is ‘clutter central’ haha, it really needs a detox! Great post Lily, and I love the H&M Storage bag! x

  • merredee

    Only one candle and only one lip balm?! That’s rough. I really need to do a top-of-the-dresser detox! It’s so nice when it’s done though, so refreshing :)

  • Carina

    I always have at least 3 glasses of water, 2 hand creams and a nail polish on my bedside table at all times. I definitely need to reorganise and declutter more often :)

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  • Jaded Daily

    Because of my awkward furniture, I don’t have room for a bedside table but I have an area on top of my chest of drawers which I use like a bedside table and it’s always getting in a mess. I have used an old Glossybox to hold any products like my pillow spray and a hand cream or two to keep things tidy!
    Great post. I love H&M Home too, it’s really affordable yet lovely.
    Jade x

  • Josie

    Cute storage options! Need to take a trip to IKEA to sort mine out too :)

    Josie xoxo Fashion Mumblr

  • Gospođica Marijica

    Great idea! I hate clutter anywhere, the clear plastic organizer is great!

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  • IvyGeorge

    Such good tips!
    H&M and Zara home have such unique lovely bits and affordable too. also has great discounts on homeware brands.

    See my blog for fashion, travel, home and lifestyle tips.

    Love, Ivy George x
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  • Stephanie

    Lots of lovely ideas, thanks for sharing!


  • Amy Laura

    Love the storage you’ve used. My bedside table is so in need of a detox it’s embarrassing!
    Laura x FloraLoo Two

  • Lucy Alex

    Really great ideas, especially the basket! I always struggle to organise my hair tools without it looking really messy and un-organised xx

    A Little Lucy

  • citygirl907

    The h&m baskets look fab!

  • Lillian ParisianToBe

    I need to learn how to take my cup down every morning; I have a pile of them sitting next to me as we speak. xo

    Lillian | PARISIAN TO BE

  • Zazie Bibi
  • Dagný Björg | Feel Inspired Blog

    Looks beautiful!

  • Nic StrawberryBlonde

    Great ideas here – I def need somewhere for my styling tools & that squishy box is a great idea.

  • Daisy Goss

    What a great idea! I need to declutter my bedside table- going to stick to the one lip balm and one candle rule too – although need to add only one hand cream! x

  • Mikayla Sheard

    I just did a bedside table detox, isn’t it amazing how wonderful you feel after organizing something?


  • Aerie Berrie

    Love the Setup! x

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

  • Niina

    First you got me to clear out my wardrobe – now this! Thank you, finally reading a beauty blog has been doing other things than running to Boots and Space NK :-).

  • Ellabella

    I so need to do this Lilly ! Thanks my room’s a mess :(

  • Camille

    I really need to do this as well

  • Shel

    I think my entire room is one of those clutter areas. Whoops! I’ll have to start making some rules for myself and get tidying!

    Shel x

  • Blonde Canvas

    I love the minimalistic look of the after x

  • Holly

    Every surface in my room could be considered as ‘clutter central’! Love the finished look, especially the wire basket.

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  • Alice Elizabeth

    I need to start doing the cup rule! x

  • Savannah Giersthove

    You did a great job! Your bedside table looks so pretty! x

  • ellec

    This looks worlds better!

  • Maddy

    Love that little storage basket, it is so cute! x

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  • Jen27

    Looks so fresh and tidy! Love what you did with it. My nightstand (my whole bedroom, really) needs a serious detox! xo


  • Helen Smith

    You have definitely inspired me – I’m going to take your rules on board! Only one candle/ lip balm is going to be a tough one…

    Let Us Be Lovely

  • Lauren S

    my desk needs a detox, everything accumulates ! i do love some cheeky storage so will give it a go in my new place
    Lauren x
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  • BohoRush

    love the quirky ‘storage’ box! Ive been eyeing this table in Ikea for a while now! x

  • Kitt Noir

    Goodness I need to do this but dread to think whats in my Tardis of a bedside drawer! x

  • Cherice

    Great idea! I definitely need to show this trick!

  • Cassie Hurwitz

    I love these tips, they’re so helpful!

  • Kristy Swithenbank

    Yes, clean is serene.

  • Mel Burt

    I’m getting 2 bedside tables this week and I already know they’re going to be full of junk as soon as I get them in my room. I’m going to have to follow your rules religiously otherwise I’ll never see either of the tables again.

    Raise The Waves

  • Daniella C


  • Le living and co.

    I love the acrylic holders. I’m definitely guilty of being a little messy, however my problem is the area where I put my make up on. I think the holders are a perfect solution for brushes and other products! Great post!

  • Jessicalaar

    Wow it looks so so much better, I love neat storage systems. I definitely need to get some more plastic holders for skincare, that one you have looks excellent.

    Jess x

  • Holly Bissell

    Love the storage bins!!
    Great feeling getting all organised!
    xo Holly xo


  • Miss Danielle

    This is such a pretty set up! I really want to do something like this! Danielle xx

  • nueyork

    This is definitely a clutter space for me too. You’ve created such a pretty space!

  • Catarina C.

    Definetly so much more organised. Well done.

  • Alexis Crawford

    I love this! I feel like I could never keep my bedside table that organized!
    lexi @

  • Paresa!

    im always lazy with my bedside table, i let things pile up :/

  • Anna Fletcher
  • Simi B

    Absolutely love this post because i’m exactly the same! Inspiration :)


  • Ellenor

    I love this! It’s so clean and tidy!! :) obsessed!

  • Megan Roisin

    I love how the products you left on there seem to go with a colour scheme!
    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

  • ThoseRosieCheeks x

    Love this post, it is so my style, I needed inspiration and I’ve definitely found it!

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