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Regular followers of this blog will know that over the last few months I have been able to create some ‘me’ space in our apartment.  Following various exchanges between friends over the blogosphere, this area has come to be known as ‘The Buttery’, based on potential original uses for my little room when the tenement was first built c1850 (check out my previous Buttery posts herehere, here and here if you haven’t already seen them).

Now that my lovely room is in full and regular use, I thought it might be good to share some ideas as to how such a space might be created, even in situations where it might not seem possible.

First off, why might you want to do such a thing?

~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

Perhaps a better question is why would you not want to do this?  To live a creative life is to live one’s best life.  It does not matter what form your creativity takes – we’re not just talking about art and craft here.  Living a creative life can include anything where curiosity and inspiration take flight.  No-one is without the ability to ask questions, pursue interests and make things happen.

Of course, you do not have to have a special space in order to be creative.  But sometimes it helps.  Here are some reasons why…

  • you can express yourself any way you like, with passion and without fear;
  • there is no need to tidy up mid-project – it’s your space and you can do whatever you want with it;
  • you can have things around you which inspire you in life and in your endeavours.
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Field of Dreams (1989)

So how might you achieve the apparently impossible task of carving out space from nowhere?  The first thing is to believe that you can.  Be single minded about wanting to do this.  Anything is possible in life.

Here are some thoughts to spur you on:

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You may be able to identify a space in a place that you least expected.  Think about areas where there is already furniture or storage boxes.

Do you really use that chest of drawers in the space room much?  Could its contents be moved elsewhere so that you can put a table or desk in the place of the drawers?

What about that area piled high with boxes that have not been touched for years?  Could you donate/sell/discard their contents to make some space?

Or perhaps you don’t need a desk for the things you want to do?  It might be that a great chair in a nice place will do it.

Yes, if you put your mind to it, I have no doubt and every confidence that you can find even a tiny bit of space which you can transform.

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Once you have sorted out your creative space, you can go wild with personal touches.  Have around you whatever gives you joy and fulfilment.  Add some pictures; have books around you; bring in a plant or some flowers.  This is your area, so make it somewhere that entices you.  Whatever you can do to make it attractive, comfy and yours will really make a difference.

It does not matter if not everything is perfect from the outset.  I found with The Buttery that I started off with some things in particular places, and as I spent time there, I realised that I wanted to move bits and pieces around; add new things; put some away.  None of this is set in stone – you can have a different arrangement every week, every day if you want to.  That’s the point – this is your opportunity to create something which is wholly for you.  So if it does not please and inspire you, change it.

Then….enjoy and relish the fruits of your labours!

 

I hope this inspires you to find your own creative space.  Do let me know how you get on.  And feel free to ask any questions, or even pass on your tips for making room for creativity. 🙂

 

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