Friday 6 July 2018

This introvert's need for her own room

I spend quite a bit of time scrolling through social media and I love coming across articles like this one - 12 things introverts absolutely need to be happy. In fact I liked it so much that I subscribed to the blog! Since I read the fantastic Quiet by Susan Cain a few years back (you can read my book review here - Quiet) I've found that I definitely identify as an introvert.

I loved the list in the link and it made a lot of sense to me - I could agree with all of them. My favourite thing that introverts need was 5 - A quiet space that's all ours.

When we moved into our new house a few years back we were lucky enough to have a spare room on the ground floor that is probably intended as a study. Instead I christened it 'The Quiet Room' because it's a room that doesn't have a television in it (although it does have a PC so it is still used for watching videos). I had originally intended for it to be a playroom for the children, and I had in mind some of those Ikea Kallax units for the toys. But inevitably it turned out that the children never wanted to play very far away from me and we found storage elsewhere for their toys, and gradually over the years it has become more and more 'my room'.

I laid my claim to the space early with my bookshelves. I've since downsized and only have the one, but it's the only place in the house where we keep the 'grown up' books. I also have my desk and PC where I work. I like that the desk is next to the window at the front of the house so I can see comings and goings to the front door, yet I have a tall front hedge for privacy from the outside world. The room doesn't get any sun so it's nice and cool all year round, and it's large enough to feel spacious yet small enough to be cosy.

I've gradually customised my desk space, first with my favourite photographs and ornaments and then by hanging up some of my crafty projects. All my finished cross stitch pieces are displayed in the room, and there's a lovely comfy sofa with one of my favourite crochet blankets over it.

My introvert room and quiet space

I spend most of my time here during the day, and in the evenings if I need a bit of space to myself or to escape from the other noisier rooms. I'm very grateful for my little space!

1 comment:

  1. Nice! I am hoping to get a little space for 'me' over the next few weeks when I clear out the studio/office in our garden.
    Living in my parents house, with my 2 kids, it gets a little crowded sometimes - plus I'm running my business from the livingroom at the moment, hehe!


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