It’s ironic to think that, when it comes to studying or relaxation, our homes are usually both the best and worst place to do so. On the one hand, they’re our safe space, and have everything we know and value close; on the other hand, they’re also full of distractions big and small. Fortunately, there are many ways to adapt one of your rooms to be the perfect, alone-time room you need.
Creating a personal space in your home is not hard, but you should follow these simple guidelines to make sure that you’re taking out distractors, tidying and organizing things to your advantage, and choosing the right room to do so. We’ll show you how!
A room to study
Get a desk, chair, and supplies
A desk that’s not too low or too high is necessary, so get one that reaches between your waist and rib cage and your chair should be comfortable, keep your back straight and let your feet rest flat on the ground. Anything fancier than that could be a distraction.
For supplies, make sure that you have everything you need for that study session so you won’t have to get up to get something. The basics are, of course, pencils, erasers, highlighters, and a notepad. You can also add a ruler, calculator and thesaurus or dictionary, but keep those in a drawer until you’re sure you need them.
Make sure you have adequate light
If your study area is too dark, you can get eye strain or even doze off after a while. Fluorescent light is too harsh to study with, so go for a desk lamp focused on your study material, and a light overhead bright enough to keep shadows to a minimum.
If you’re studying during the day and there’s enough natural light coming into the room, then, by all means, take advantage. But remember that it will diminish as the day passes, so don’t depend entirely on it.
Keep it organized
After each study session, separate what you’ll store back into drawers or table, and what you’ll leave on your desktop as is. That way you won’t have to deal with clutter the next time you study, but won’t lose track of your progress, especially if you’re reading from several books at once or taking complex notes.
It should go without saying, but to properly concentrate on the task at hand, remember to keep everything unrelated to your studies out of the room. Your phone can stay inside the drawer, or in a far corner of the room.
Make it yours!
You can decorate with motivators, such as pictures of loved ones or posters that inspire you, maybe even some potted plants. It’s your space, after all, and anything that will boost your mood (without distracting you) is welcome.
A room to relax
Take everything out
Don’t worry, everything won’t stay out, but some things will. You need to create a minimalist ambient to keep your head clear, so bring back only the furniture and objects that will help that goal. A nice reclining chair, some cushions, plants, an ottoman, and a small table to put books and glasses on, it all depends on what you have at hand.
No screens, no gadgets
No, you won’t become a secluded hermit if you keep the screens out of the room, but they can cause stress. Keep tablets, smartphones and TV’s out, but you can keep a Bluetooth speaker in the room in case your relaxation method includes some nice, calming music or soundscape.
No clutter means endless possibilities
Keep clutter away so you have enough space to do whatever you want as soon as you get the itch: Meditate, break into dance, exercise, stretch, anything goes! An uncluttered room helps to unclutter your mind, remember that and your new minimal tendencies might even spill over to the rest of the house.
Many people find concentrating while studying too hard, but it’s pretty easy when you actually know how to create a study environment at home. The key in both cases is to get rid of distractors, creating a space where you can be alone with your thoughts and be able to listen to yourself. If you have to space and the need for it, why not start preparing it for the big makeover?