If you couldn’t tell, I’ve been on a mission of self-care since moving into my new home in east Tennessee. From organizing my own office space to purging everything I don’t need to stepping out of the norm to chase new dreams. Now I’m working on another project to better nurture myself and my future plans: a reading nook.
It’s just a little corner behind the door of my bedroom, but I can already see myself getting lost in books of romance and intrigue, studying new ideas and theories, or cozying up with my tea and journal to let loose the thoughts within. In this two part series, I’m going to show you my action steps so that you can, perhaps, follow along to create a little personal space for yourself.
- Step 1: Take measurements. Do this before you do anything else because it is not cool to lug a footstool up only to find it doesn’t fit. These numbers will also help if you need to go shopping for things.
- Step 2: Decide what you need in your space. Do you need a little coffee table for your drinks? A light for better visibility? Decorations? How big of a chair? Bookshelf? I drew myself a little sketch to get a better idea of how I could fit a few ideas together.
- Step 3: Start gathering supplies from what you have. I had a bookshelf from another room that I decided to move in there. I also moved all my own favorite books into it and the books that WERE there were moved to fill those holes. I have some art that I am going to use in Part 2, as well as a little flower pot for my pens and pencils. Maybe you have an accent chair that goes unused in another room, or a lamp? Look around and be creative, imagining a new use for things.
- Step 4: Purchase what you don’t have. Do this slowly so that you can save and not blow your budget. Not everything has to be put in there right away. I needed a chair (because we got rid of all of our furniture when we moved), so I set aside money for a couple of months to buy just the right squishy chair (on sale over Labor Day weekend). Keep an eye out on sales and only purchase it if it is going to have a use in the new space.
- Step 5: Start putting it together. Once I got my chair, I was ready to lay the foundation of the space. Furniture went in place, books moved in, and the cat took over.
I am THRILLED with how my reading nook is coming together. It isn’t fancy or magazine-photo-shoot-ready (mostly because I still need to paint and put up curtains in the room itself), but for now … my heart leaps with joy. Next week, I’ll show you how it all comes together with a few finishing, artistic touches (as well as a crafty tutorial!).