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With three kids and a work from home husband, there aren’t many places in my house where I can be alone. The problem is that my personality craves alone time. You might think I’m the craziest person in the world, but there have been times when I’ve sat or laid on the couch with a blanket over my head just to give me some sense of solitude…
There is just something about being alone that allows me to relax, breathe deep and recharge.
Whether I need solitude because I’m having a difficult Mom day or simply because I’m exhausted, I decided that napping under a blanket or hiding out in the bathroom just won’t cut it.
My Mom Cave
So I created my own “mom cave.” Check it out:
The beauty of it all is how simple it was to create. I didn’t need to add on to my house, it didn’t cost a penny and only took about an hour to set up. It’s my own little slice of introvert heaven.
How did I do it? Well, it’s also my closet:
I got rid of clothes I wasn’t wearing anyway and simplified things to one side. Then I kept the shelves that were there, moved an old office chair and pulled some unused decorations out to adorn the walls.
Voila! A comfy, cozy little nook for my morning Bible Study time, my Saturday writing time or my mid day “Mama needs a time out” time.
How To Make Your Own Cozy Mom Cave
What if you don’t have your own closet? What if it’s too small?
I’ve had several variations of my mom cave. In our first home, I had a couch and decor in a corner of my garage. It was a kids play area, but I also made it my little morning nook.
I’ve also made a space as simple as a bean bag and a flashlight in a regular small closet.
- You could use a hall closet, or a linen closet.
- You could use a home office or a guest bedroom.
- Maybe an attic or basement would be perfect for you too?
- Or perhaps a back patio or porch.
Make it Cozy
Whatever the set up, I try to make it a space I look forward to being in. It makes it SO much easier to get up in the morning when I know I have my cozy spot to look forward to.
Here are a few tips:
- Tea and breakfast. I have a hot water carafe, tea bags and oatmeal packets that I fill each night so I can make tea or oatmeal in the morning.
- Prepare. I set everything out the night before: My Bible, journal, iPad, tea, bowl etc.
- Comfy Chair. The seating is comfy but not too comfy. It’s a mom cave, not a napping room.
- Prepare for visitors. I keep a small blanket, pillow and a few books in there. Not for sleeping but for any early risers who come to visit me.
- Varied lighting. In the morning, I use the blaring overhead light. It helps me wake up and stay awake. But I also have a little battery powered light for when I’m just trying to relax after a long day. The dim lighting is so much more peaceful.
The best part about my mom cave has been introducing it to my kids. One of my children wakes up at 6:30 every morning to join me and read.
When one of my daughters has a rough day, she’ll go sit in there too. The day I introduced her to the power of just sitting alone, praying and recharging, she left this picture on the marker board I keep in there:
In case you can’t read it, it says:
“Tears! Oh no! >> Resting Place >> Calming Down >> Happy Again.”
Do You Need A Mom Cave?
Are you the sort of person that needs alone time? Don’t be afraid of your need for solitude, it might even be something your children need to learn as well.
Do you need a cozy place for your HelloMornings? If you find yourself needing quiet time every now and then, maybe creating a “mom cave” is a project to add to your summer list.
Does anyone else have the need occasional solitude? What space in your home can you repurpose for a “mom cave?” How do you find alone time? Click here to join the discussion!