Turning your bedroom into a sanctuary for reading or writing in is a simple way to dedicate a little AHH time to yourself. It’s easy to do, doesn’t take up a massive amount of space, and is a much-needed sanctuary to just get a little time to yourself for quiet and relaxation- and writing inspiration.
Start by setting up a small table with a comfortable chair (or a folding chair with a pillow on it) where you can write comfortably. Have a lamp with a calming shade cover on it in lavender, baby blue, or rosey pink, or even a dusty yellow with a yellow light as opposed to a bright white bulb in a watt of 60 or less for comfortable reading or writing.
Have a cork board or whiteboard set above your desk with your favorite pictures, quotes, cutouts of article ideas, or just notes on it to get you in the mood to read or write. Propping lovely pillows up on your bed and simply pulling back your curtains is a great way to get in the reading mood. Just pop off your shoes and cuddle in with a great book.
Have a radio set on low to music you enjoy, whether it be country, classical, or hard rock. Have it as background music so it doesn’t interfere with your reading or writing, or if you prefer, turn on a small fan for background noise so you’re not distracted by complete silence.
Light a candle in vanilla, lavender, apple, or cinnamon for a calming affect. Turn off your main light and write or read by lamp only. If available, just once again pull back those curtains and allow natural sunlight to read or write by. You can also just plug in a scented plug in in your outlets if candles aren’t your thing.
Don’t necessarily just write at your desk if it makes you feel closed in. Sometimes just flopping yourself on the bed is the most comfortable to write at, so don’t limit yourself to just writing at your designated desk. Sometimes your desk is just fine for simply displaying your journals, pens, and paper or your laptop. You don’t always have to write there.
Keep your room clean and clutter-free. You aren’t really in the mood to read or write in a room where you have to step over dirty underwear and shoes to get to your sanctuary. Try to keep up the appearance of your room to make it a more inviting place to relax.
Shut your bedroom door, or at least most of the way if you want to stay partially tuned to the rest of the household. Just make it clear to your kids that your room is off-limits and not to come calling for you unless they really, really need to. You’ll still get minor interruptions, but having your door mainly closed will give you a small piece of privacy when you need it most. You can also tell the kids you’re “taking a nap” and hopefully this will encourage them to come calling less frequently. And if you actually do end up taking a little siesta in your simple little sanctuary, that’s completely fine, too.