I’m a firm believer that everyone should have their own space to escape to when they need a moment to themselves. I even think kids should have their own quiet space to retreat to when the world is overwhelming (even if it’s as simple as hiding out under a blanket-covered table). For adults, it can be something as grand as a She Shed or Man Cave, or as simple as a chair at the table with a few things known to help you unwind after a long day.
I’ve always been the type of person who can’t focus unless things around me are tidy. It’s for this reason I’m lucky to have my own small workspace to escape to when I need some “me time” (my three-year-old knows that my desk is off limits so it’s usually neat and organized). My work space is tucked into a cozy nook within my bedroom with views of our large garden from the two windows the desk overlooks. It’s great, but it’s also not realistic to “escape” to the second floor of the house unless 1. it’s five in the morning and the entire house is still asleep or, 2. my daughter is in bed. It’s for this reason that I created a portable escape space on the main floor of our house.
I found an old wooden serving tray at Goodwill last year for $3 and painted the interior with chalk paint. It’s perfect for housing little things that I can grab at a moments notice to create lists, plan projects, catch up on magazines, or hand write a few cards to family and friends. It’s also a great catch-all for things I need to remember to do, but don’t have time to tackle at the moment.
Can’t find an old serving tray? No biggie! Head to the Dollar Tree and buy a cookie sheet (for $1) and make it your own like the one here. You can line it with contact paper or fabric, or leave it bare and let magnets hold your notes and to-do’s down.
Life is busy so try to carve a space out of the chaos for you this year.