You Won’t Find This on Marie Kondo’s Nightstand

A nightstand with a clock and two metal sculptures on it.
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Marie Kondo’s nightstand must be pristine, right? After all, she’s the minimalist expert. While that doesn’t mean her bedside table is empty, there’s one thing she doesn’t ever put there.

“One thing I’m very cautious of is before I go to sleep, I try not to place my cell phone close to my head,” Kondo told Apartment Therapy.

While many of us use our phones as an alarm clock, Kondo’s decision to keep hers farther away from her bedside is actually the recommended way to sleep.

Sleeping with your phone can have a multitude of negative impacts, including increased stress levels due to impulse checking in the middle of the night. Of course, having that blue light in your face right before bed can also disrupt your sleep patterns.

If you’re worried about someone being able to get in touch with you during an emergency, you can always activate the Do Not Disturb feature on your phone. It allows you to select a few people from whom you can still receive calls even when it’s activated.

So, if you’re already a fan of the KonMari method, this might be another wise practice to emulate.

Curious what Kondo does have on her nightstand? You can read the full interview over on Apartment Therapy.

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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »

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