First off, I find that keeping my nightstand clean and well-organized makes for a more peaceful and relaxing bedroom environment. Luckily, my vintage walnut nightstand with compartments makes it easy for me to stay organized. My nightstand staples include: various short story collections by the likes of Miranda July, Truman Capote and David Sedaris; an assortment of inspirational magazines - think ReadyMade, Nylon and Real Simple; and a pen and notepad for jotting down ideas. I should also mention that I'm an extremely light sleeper, so earplugs and an eye mask are always within arm's reach. Finally, and perhaps my favorite item residing on my nightstand, is my my moonbeam clock from LL Bean. The retro-looking alarm clock has a gentle illuminating light that lulls me into the day. I love that alarm clock. Seriously, I do.
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