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?

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62 Responses

  1. Mira Devils says:

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

    xx Mira

  2. Jenn says:

    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 :)

  3. Lisa T says:

    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!

  4. Hannah Beth says:

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

    Hannah xx

  5. Beccy says:

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

    Beccy // Bluebell & Bumpkin

  6. Divya Vijay says:

    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.

  7. 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

  8. 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


  9. 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

  10. merredee says:

    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 :)

  11. Carina says:

    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 :)

    Carina |

  12. Jaded Daily says:

    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

  13. Josie says:

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

    Josie xoxo Fashion Mumblr

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

    Please donate!

  15. IvyGeorge says:

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

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  16. Amy Laura says:

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

  17. Lucy Alex says:

    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

  18. citygirl907 says:

    The h&m baskets look fab!

  19. 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

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

  21. Daisy Goss says:

    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

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


  23. Niina says:

    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 :-).

  24. Ellabella says:

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

  25. Shel says:

    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

  26. I love the minimalistic look of the after x

  27. Holly says:

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

    Holly | holly la beau | giveaway

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

  29. Maddy says:

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

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  30. Jen27 says:

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


  31. Helen Smith says:

    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

  32. Lauren S says:

    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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  33. BohoRush says:

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

  34. Kitt Noir says:

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

  35. Cherice says:

    Great idea! I definitely need to show this trick!

  36. I love these tips, they’re so helpful!

  37. Mel Burt says:

    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

  38. Daniella C says:


  39. 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!

  40. Jessicalaar says:

    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

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


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

  43. nueyork says:

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

  44. Catarina C. says:

    Definetly so much more organised. Well done.

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

  46. Paresa! says:

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

  47. Simi B says:

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


  48. Ellenor says:

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

  49. Megan Roisin says:

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

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

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  52. Thanks so much for writing this post. I am always looking for new storage solutions. Not only am I looking for storage solutions for my bedside table but my bedroom as I have not long since moved. You have given me some inspiration <3

  53. Cindy says:

    Yes! This is what I need to do! My bedside table is such a mess right now, I’m ashamed! And next up is the space under my bed. Do I need old magazines from 2001? Do I need old school stuff?Do I need a binder full of pictures of David Duchovny from when I was a hardcore XFiles fan? Well, this one I might have to keep (just for nostalgia sake), but the rest has to go.

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