When you live in a small space, you need strategies to prevent you feeling confined to your four walls. You need to cultivate a Second Space. For us, our breakout space is a weekend at the beach. We’re lucky, because my parents live near the beach, so we’re able to have a weekend away every few weeks. It definitely makes small space living easier.
I thought I’d share some images today because for many of you living in the Northern Hemisphere, it must be the middle of winter.
In go the surfboards, boogie boards, high chairs and overnight bags. Although we’ve had a lot of practice, it always takes us about two hours to pack the car! Click here for tips on preparing for a family road trip.
Luckily it’s not a long drive, but I’ve realised that we actually need the commute to help us decompress from the stresses of the week.
On the Saturday morning, my husband is usually off before dawn to have a surf. So I get up with the kids and I get to see the sunrise, which is always special because you don’t get to see the horizon if you live in the city.
When he returns we usually go out for coffee or sometimes a meal. And with access to babysitting, we can actually enjoy it!
We try to always spend at least one afternoon at the beach. The rest of the time we play in my mother’s garden and generally try to do as little as possible. The kids always get worn out, and they always sleep well that night. The change of scene helps us all unwind from our busy lives.
You don’t need to have a beach house to cultivate a Second Space. It could simply be your local café, park, or library. But in a small space it does help to have another place in the back of your mind you know you can escape to.
What’s your Second Space like?