We set up many different spaces for many different purposes in our homes. We have spaces with beds and dressers for sleeping and changing. We have spaces with flat screens and couches for entertaining and relaxing. We have spaces with broad tables surrounded by chairs for eating and talking. Sometimes we even have spaces with Legos and play kitchens for playing and imagining.
Yet few of us think to set up spaces for creating. Through my years of home-making and having kids, I have learned the value of setting up spaces for our creative endeavors. A big turning point for me was when I rearranged our master bedroom and set up a writing space. I saved up some extra money and bought a desk and a chair. Instantly I saw the difference a writing space made for me; it was simple but impactful: I wrote more.
Seeing the pay offs of having a writing space inspired me to rethink our home and make spaces for other creative endeavors, especially for my kids. (see July 11 post).
When setting up a creative space I follow the 3 Ps: make your space Personal, Practical, and Pleasing.
Personal: your space, like every other part of your home, should reflect who you are and what you love. The first items I set on my desk were my published books to remind me of how far I have come and that dreams come true. I also have little trinkets from my grandmother’s desk that add a little history and magic.
Practical: if your space is going to work for you, it must be in a convenient location, be stocked with everything you need for your creative endeavors, and be functional. Originally I had my desk against the wall. But every time I sat down to write I felt like I was in time-out facing the wall. Talk about a Muse-Killer! So I thought outside the box and angled my desk to face out at the windows. Much more inspiring.
Pleasing: your space should invite you in. It should be a place that makes you want to hang out in and create. I’m aesthetically sensitive to light. I work best in spaces well-lit by both natural and lamp light. So my space is in a corner of the house that gets sunshine all day long. I also chose my decor colors carefully, and put thought into what went on my inspiration boards. My latest addition is a little alarm clock that tickled me so much I had to have it.
Whatever your creative endeavor may be (sewing, crafting, painting, cooking, playing an instrument…) invest some space into it. Rethink your house, your yard, your garage, your shed. You don’t have to live in a sprawling Colonial-style house or on a ton of acreage. You just have to decide that your creative endeavor is important, and make space for it. I guarantee you won’t regret it.