A young mom who needed some time to herself converted a closet under the stairsinto a peaceful mom cave.
Jessica Pool, 25, from Oxfordshire, England, has three children. And after her newest arrival, she started to suffer from postpartum depression. She alsonoticed her children would take themselves away when they needed some quiet time, and that everyone had their own space except for her.
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Since the kids had their bedrooms and Pools partner, Matthew, already had his shed, Pool set about converting the under stairs cupboard into her own space. She cleared out the coats, toys and cleaning supplies, and for just around , shetransformed it into a phone-free mom zone complete with reading nook, calming candles and mood lighting.
I decided to make it because it was just a dumping ground and I got fed up with sorting it out all the time, Pool, fromShrivenham, said.
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I thought it would be somewhere for the children to go, but then I thought no they have their bedrooms, she added.Sometimes us moms need somewhere we can escape to and still be near the children to look after them. Sometimes Ill go take myself away for five minutes to give myself some space.
Describing the space as someplace where she can take a break, Pool also likened the nook to the idea of a man cave.
You hear about man caves and toy rooms, but Id never heard of a mom cave, she said.I suffer from [postpartum]depression and I felt like I needed somewhere I could take myself without inflicting my mood on the children and then I can come out and be mommy again.
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Pool said the space, which she has dubbed the Mom Cave, is a phone-free area with no distractions just a place where she can sit and think.
Its a nonelectronic cupboard so I dont take my phone in there, I go in there for headspace and to recharge.
The room came together quickly, too. She managed to create the space in just two hours by taking the trash to the dump. Plus, the little money she spent on it just 17 pounds, or roughly was used forpaint, and Pool said the value far surpasses the cost.
The rest of the [decor] is from around the house, she said. Its improved my quality of life drastically.Today,if Ive felt a bit annoyed Ill go in there.
Shes also made it clear to her kids that the place is hers but the kids can go in if they really want to.
They are pretty understanding, theres nothing in there for them to do, she said.
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Poollives with her partnerMatthew, a civil engineer, and their three children: Madison, 5; Charlie, 3; and Oliver, nine weeks.B:
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