When living in a shared space, we often crave for some personal space. Irrespective of whether we like or dislike our roommates, having a personal space can make you feel much more at home. Even if your apartment is small, you can use a few small tips that will help you carve a niche for yourself. Having your own space is important and also helps understand boundaries. It’s always good to have your personal space, for whenever you need some time out. It should be a space where you feel like you the most and it should always make you happy. Here are a few ways you can create your personal space the right way.
1. Divide space well
One of the first steps you need to take is to make sure space is divided well at the beginning itself. Set boundaries clearly and divide the space equally. Let certain areas be off-limits to anyone else. Even if it’s the smallest place, having at least once space that is only yours, can make your apartment seem more personal. Also, doing this at the beginning makes sure that everything is clear from day 1 and that no issues arise because of sharing spaces.
Photographs add a sense of familiarity to a new place. They’re a great way to personalize your room. Add photos of people, places and things you love and that comfort you. You can frame them by your bed, or hang them on a wall, or simply pin them on a board. You can keep it as simple or as creative as you like. Keep them in a space that is only for yourself. This will ensure you that no one else minds it and also it will emphasize and make better the space you have created for yourself.
3. Alone time
Getting overwhelmed and feeling like you need some alone time is completely normal and in fact, should be encouraged. Spending time with yourself is important and can be quite a required break. It gives you the opportunity to think, and understand yourself so much better. It’s also the only time, when you are completely to yourself. Waking up earlier than others, making a meal for yourself, spending some extra time in the shower, taking walks, are all times you can be alone and make that space your own personal space.
4. Personalized decor
Personalized or customized decor is one of the most fun and creative ways of adding a personal touch to your apartment. Be it the color of your walls(if you can), or cushions, mugs, posters, and any other decor, try to make it as ‘you’ as possible. This instantly ensures that your space in the apartment is personalized to your liking. Making your own decor is also a fun way to decorate, personalize as well as save some money.
5. Respecting boundaries
The reason why it becomes difficult to have your own space in shared apartments, is the lack of respect for boundaries. While you expect others to respect your space and boundaries, it is important that you do so too. Set clear distinctions between common and personal space and let the other person know that it is important to you, while at the same time understanding what your roommate feels about their own space. Be considerate and accommodating of the thoughts of others while creating your personal space.
So these were a few ways your shared apartment or PG can incorporate some personal space and alone time for yourself. Discussion about factors like these when sharing spaces is best done at the beginning itself. These few tips will definitely help draw a line between personal and common spaces and give you your personal time to take a breath and chill.
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