Me time is important, I don’t have to tell you that, but how can you create the perfect space in your home where you can go to relax? There’s no one answer because each of us is different, so our needs are, too. However, there are some great ground rules you can start with here.
Read on and you’ll be one step closer to creating the perfect escape in your own home!
As I said before, we’re all different and our ideas of relaxation are all different, so there are no rules for creating the one perfect room for everyone. So, the first step to creating the perfect space for yourself is deciding what you want from your home oasis. Personally, I have a few different ways I like to relax: I like to exercise (run, walk, yoga) and read. I’d want to build a room that will allow me to do those things.
You might like to meditate, write, or even paint. Whatever it is, identify it and start gathering items for the room that support it. From there, we create.
You really want to concentrate on simplicity in this room—it’ll allow you to enjoy it that much more. The fewer distractions you have in there, the more you can focus on what you’re doing. As a writer, this is coming completely from experience. Remove those distractions so you can focus on really unwinding.
What does that mean? Well, if you’re creating a reading room you might simply want to have a couch or a chair and a small bookshelf with your favorite books. That’s it though—no computer or television in here to distract you from reading!
On the other hand, if you’re creating that home gym, a television or computer might be necessary for workout videos. You’ll need all your equipment too, and you might want to look into a small water cooler so you can stay hydrated!
Let’s look at my reading/exercise room for a moment as an example. There, I may have a chair and small bookshelf in the corner of the room—probably by a window, for natural reading light—and my equipment in the rest of the room. I’d have a treadmill in the corner with weights and resistance bands nearby, then my yoga equipment in its own space. The bookshelf would hold my print-out workouts as well as some of my favorite books. In my room, there wouldn’t be a TV because I use my phone or laptop for videos, so that would eliminate the distraction of my favorite TV shows.
The last thing you want to do is create the perfect home office, so always be mindful of that if you’re creating a reading or writing room. And, while white walls may be the best way to keep things simple and keep yourself focused, we have a great guide to the psychology of colors if you’re thinking about painting your room.
You’re going to put in a lot of work to get everything together for this room, but it’s going to be more than worth it in the end. Having somewhere you can rely on to take time for yourself—take time to relax and escape from the busy world—is priceless.
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.