Creating a space to be Creative

Over the past two years, the world has changed greatly.  With COVID-19, students participating in school from home, the increase in entrepreneurship, and remote workers, many of our spaces are serving multiple purposes. Our lifestyles have changed. One of the challenges that come with these changes is the issue of not having enough space.  In this new normal, it may be hard to find a place to create or develop our next great idea. Our creative juices flow when we are unhampered, undistracted, and not multitasking. That can be a challenge if there is no place that actually promotes creative expression. 

For me, the question became, where can I create that isn’t a “workspace”? Sometimes I just need to walk away from the desk. As I looked around I wondered, “Where can I create and not disrupt the flow of the house or take over a space that is really meant for something else?”  The space that I chose is a corner. I picked a corner and made it my indoor space. 

In my space, I have my favorite chair that I like to sit on to read, a journal, a drawing pad, a few coloring books, color and drawing pencils, and a place to put my cup of tea. It’s my break away from technology.  A lot of natural light enters this area, which keeps it light and bright. It doesn’t feel like work. The thoughts and sketches are just allowed to flow.

Want to create a creative space?

  • First, envision how you want your space to look. What color are the walls?  What furniture do you want? How will you store your supplies?
  • Surround yourself with things that inspire you. This could be wall pops, photos, aromatherapy, music or anything that puts you in a mental space to create.
  • Make a list. Decide what needs to be in your area. Are there particular pieces of art, books, or supplies that you need? What do you want to be able to do? Is this space for painting, writing, designing, or simply a retreat where you can clear your mind?
  • Lastly, set up your space and enjoy! If you want to change something later, feel free. Remember this space is for you. It can change if you want.

Make use of what you have, whether it is a room, corner, or outdoor space. The important thing is not the size but the inspiration it draws from you.