Avid readers can read anywhere – on the bus, in the bathtub, or in the car – but having a space dedicated solely to reading is a must-have for every book lover. Reading nooks are a great place to get away from the world and immerse yourself in a book, which is good for body, mind, and soul. Unfortunately, it can be hard to find or create such a place in our own homes because it’s easy to get distracted by daily to-do lists. If you find that you get distracted by dishes or laundry when you sit down to read, then follow these tips for a more blissful and serene reading experience.
The most important part about a reading nook is that it invites reading. This means choosing a place that is relaxing and comfortable and, above all, quiet. For example, if you have a playroom for your children, then perhaps this is not the best place to settle down to quietly relax. If you’re fortunate enough to have a spare bedroom or a den, then this might be an ideal space, but not everyone has the square footage. Luckily, it’s easy to claim a corner of the living room or a breakfast nook as your own.
Reading nooks are supposed to be comfortable, so keep that in mind when designing your space. If you like soft, plush pillows, then load them up in your new space. If you find yourself distracted by bright colors, then fill your space with muted colors and a softer light. Alternatively, if you prefer bright, natural light, then pick a spot by a window and take advantage of daytime reading. There’s no rule for how to design your nook, so long as it is what helps you relax and get in the zone.
No matter where your nook is or how comfortable it is, you will not be able to relax with a good book if you don’t unplug. Be sure to turn off your ringer and put away your laptop every single time you sit down in your new nook. It can be hard (and even stressful) to do at first, but it’s important to create habits that lend themselves to relaxation. It’s so easy to open a laptop “just this one time,” which is why it’s important to make this a hard and fast rule all of the time. If you’re worried about missing an important call from your child, spouse, or parent, then change your settings to only ring for those people when your phone is on silent.
If you’re like most people, your to-do list is a mile long and never ends, which is why it’s important to forget about it entirely. This can be difficult if your nook faces the laundry room or the kitchen, but it’s a lot easier when you unplug and choose to ignore life for just a little bit. Whether you read for 15 minutes or 2 hours at a time, remind yourself that you deserve some me-time and make your latest book a priority.
Do you have a reading nook? What advice do you have for creating the perfect spot?