Sofa or shed? Café or kitchen table?
When we moved into our current house – some ten years ago now – I commandeered the big summer house in the garden as ‘My Studio’; however, it was soon filled with junk and boxes from the move ~ you know the ones, they take an age to unpack or decide where to put? |And for a while (read - years) I could hardly fit a desk in, let alone all the stuff I needed on hand to get any work done.
It’s not the prettiest from the outside, the view isn’t great (bathroom wall and gravel drive) and is so cold in winter I can hardly feel my fingers (that’s when I decamp indoors), but is mine, and inside is my sanctuary.
My creative nook.
I’ve filled it with stuff I love, (I maybe getting to the point when I need to have a clear-out) and it’s well and truly my space. It’s great to have a space away from the distractions of the house, and those ‘oh, I’ll just do that’ jobs that seem to shout at you, and eat away time. A hop, skip and a jump away from dirty socks and dusty stairs. I have been known to just hide in my glorified shed, to potter and tidy, just to know it's still there, waiting for me.
It’s surprising how much of a difference being even a few yards away from distractions can make to productivity, isn’t it? I always achieve far more when I take the tiny commute to the studio, than if I snuggled down on the sofa, or take over the kitchen table. I know some of you don't thrive on solitude; I actually envy those of you who can sit in coffee shops and write, or go to libraries or parks and create. For me, I need the quiet, so I can listen to the ideas and give them space to breathe.
I am, it has to be said, very grateful for my studio and I feel blessed every time I open up in the morning and step inside to start my 'work day' - even on Mondays!
So, where is your creative hub? Do you crave noise and hubbub or are you a sanctuary seeker too? (do comment below)