I have a teeny tiny house crammed full of people and a dog, plus all the paraphernalia that goes along with small people, big people and animals, plus i run a business from home.
As you can imagine sometimes you feel like a sardine in a sardine tin, especially at weekends when we all congregate here.
Sometimes I love being surrounded by my nearest and dearest. Sometimes though, I like to take a breather, a little bit of me time so i can have a rest from being cook, cleaner and referee.
In the last 2 homes we’ve had I have created a nook for myself. I place of calm where i can retreat to and leave everyone get on with their business.
It took me years to realise it was ok to give myself time off, I now know that by giving myself an hour out to myself I am more relaxed and a better mummy for it.
Just gimme some peace and I can mentally re-group and carry on.
I can’t tell you how important it is to grab some ‘You Time ‘, sounds cheesy but honestly it has really helped me in a busy family environment.
I thought I’d share with you my ‘Me time’ necessities and what I like to do.
To start my nook i bought myself a comfy chair.
It’s quite funny as everyone knows this as mummies chair. It is my place of retreat. I used to use my bedroom, but i felt too far removed and sometimes got too relaxed and ended up snoozing the afternoon away (not always a bad thing) .
This chair was picked for its vibrant colour and it feels like a hug when you sit in it, comfy and relaxing. I love it.
Next up is a throw.
Throws are an essential is this household. We all love them and have multiple around the house. We have them on the sofa for movie nights and snuggling up, on our beds and I have mine on my chair in my nook.
I know i wanted to feel snugly. Its not always (ahem..ever) warm here, and my nook is in the corner of our conservatory, which can be chilly. There’s something immensely comforting about snuggling under a throw. This one is a super soft bed throw from the Yorkshire Linen collection re-purposed. Its the perfect comforter. (the dog also loves snuggling on it and being my draught excluder)
One of the most important things for me is a good book. I devour books at a rate of knots. I love to read. I love the escapism it brings and how it can completely enrapture you in the story line. I am currently reading Victoria Hislop The Return, which is immensely enjoyable. I was chatting with some ladies on Instgram about possibly starting a Book Club together.. would you be interested in starting/joining a book club? It would be of the no pressure variety and for fun rather than academic, but could be lovely. (let me know in the comments or IG /Twitter if you’re interested, I’d love to discuss it further with you!)
Lastly for me, refreshments.. I love to take this time to sip a cup of coffee, or some fruity tea in my own time, enjoying the taste and savouring a cake or treat (these are the delicious breakfast bars).
Do you have a nook for some ‘You Time’? What are your essential chill out items?