Bedside Reading Nook Clean Up
So here's my most used reading nook at bedside, a bit of a mess thanks in part to cats that walk over, knock books down and I have to place them back on the table as I walk into the bathroom. Yes, it's a daily occurrence so the book pile just kept growing.
Re-Think Old Furniture
The bedside table is an old walnut cabinet from my mother that didn't have its original doors. I love having that open space to store books and magazines so re-think furniture pieces for book storage. The open space allows me to keep some basics handy. I keep a dictionary, phone books as well as other material I want to read before sleeping.
I may add a little shelf at the top this year to add storage space for the electronics.
After some re-organizing, here is the same bedside reading nook cleaned up and ready to welcome the new year.
Other Tips for Bedside Reading Nooks
I still have a basket only this one is hanging from the wall and holds hand cream, notepads and pens, remote controls and other electronics.
I moved the wall hangings around so the books standing up don't cover the wall art. The smaller photo is one of Margaret, my 19-year old cat on the right of the photo, napping with her buddy Bob on the bed.
Two metal bookends hold the books I am currently reading. I will be looking for something prettier to cover the metal book ends but these work well enough for now. This makes it harder for Margaret to knock the books over as she walks across the bedside table.
Must Haves for Bedside Reading Nooks
A thank you note serves as an extra book mark for a new book I may start that doesn't already have a card in it to mark where I left off reading. I will add a few more cards to have them handy.
Reading glasses are a must especially for late night reading when my eyes are tired.
The tiny fabric rabbit is a favorite cat toy that often gets moved around the house. Shirley Honey is my girly girl cat, she enjoys her own form of decorating by leaving cat toys in different rooms and one doesn't move them without her supervising.
I found "Bun bun" in the basket with the hand creams and remote controls and I know I didn't leave it there.
Shirley Honey will find it soon enough and move it to a new resting place.
When it's warmer, the cabinet will get a little hydration with Howard Feed 'n Wax furniture polish and the clean up will be complete.
Well, except for Bun Bun, the toy rabbit. I will still be finding that cat toy making the rounds!