I Need A She Shed In My Life

I don’t know how to admit this to you readers, but something happened over Christmas, and I’m really embarrassed to admit it.  As you all have probably realised by now, I work from home.  Last year I managed to turn our little box room into a home office, and I was so excited to have somewhere I could work and store all my papers.  I felt organised and on top of my game.  It was the best feeling of all.

When my eldest came back from Uni for the holiday, I temporarily moved out to make room for him while he was home.  Please note the use of the word temporary here!  When he went back to Uni I decided not to move back into my little office straight away, as the room needed decorating.  It turns out this move was fatal.

How I Lost My Office

My husband realised I hadn’t moved my desk back into what was now the spare room.  I explained to him that it was best if I didn’t. I wanted to get someone in to sort out some new wallpaper and give it a once over before using it again.

Well, my husband has very selective hearing, and choose to completely ignore the fact the room needed some DIY.  He’s ever so good at turning a blind eye to these things, which you might remember from this post. 

He started to make noises about building a PC instead, and kept popping into Currys and visiting Amazon to find the pieces of hardware he needed.  At this point it’s probably worth mentioning my husband has a perfectly good Mac downstairs, but apparently it’s not right for Gaming.  I’m really not sure if I’m a mug or not at this point!

Bit by bit, this computer appeared in what I can now only describe as a man cave and I find myself working at the dining room table again.  This wasn’t what it was meant to look like! I fear that I will never get back in my little office again, and instead I need to consider other options.

Our house is small, but we have a good size garden.  Our current shed is on it’s last legs, so I’m hatching a plot to create a she shed, or summer house if you like, that’s just for me and maybe the girls.  With the other half safely locked away in his man cave, we could create a lovely little space for the females of the house.

Creating the Perfect She Shed

The shed itself would need to be around 8ft by 8ft, to make enough space for a desk, a chair and somewhere to store my paperwork.  Hopefully I could fit an armchair in there too, to make it feel cosy.

Having big windows and lots of light coming in would be uber important, especially in the summer months.  Glass doors that opened out onto the garden would also be on my wish list for this project.  If we get a summer in the UK, it’s nice to be able to make the most of it.

For it to be a calm and relaxing place to work, a lick of paint would be essential.  My preference would be for an eggshell blue on the exterior, with a mixture of whites and blues on the inside.  I can feel this wonderful space coming together already.  Can you picture it?

Personal Touches

As well as a work space, it needs to be inspiring and creative.  I really don’t want it to look like an office, as my memories of those places aren’t particularly great to be honest.

I’d love to see a few scatter cushions and throws warming up the place from the outset.  A few well placed travel quote plaques will be perfect for getting the creativity going and for adding a personal touch. The desk would also need a few coasters (for the morning coffee), as well as the obligatory desk tidy, to make it feel like home.

It would of course be wired, and fairy lights would make the place inviting, whatever the weather outside.  A sign on the door is bound to be a stark warning to the other half that this isn’t his space, but I suspect it wouldn’t be long before he’d come knocking at the shed door to find out what was going on.

Do you have a ‘She Said’?  What makes it feel like home to you?

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Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life.

Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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  1. January 10, 2018 / 6:19 pm

    What is it with men and selective hearing haha. The she shed sounds amazing, think I may have to think about getting one. Somewhere with nice comfy blankets, to go and get 5 mins peace. Good luck with the she shed x

  2. January 11, 2018 / 9:13 am

    I do not have a she shed but I am thinking I may need to get one. It sounds like a fabulous idea to me. I am also glad that its not just my husband that has selective hearing!! x

  3. January 11, 2018 / 9:49 am

    I think having your own little she shed sounds like a great idea. My boyfriend likes to build gaming computers too so I feel your pain there x

  4. Sandra Bald
    January 11, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    I don’t have a she shed however we have talked about one.
    I’d love to have a bit of space just for me & my hobbies.
    I’d love one with a bit of outdoor space to, for working outside on those sunny days we occasionally get!

  5. Margaret Gallagher
    January 12, 2018 / 11:28 am

    Would adore a shed like this
    At yhe moment my greenhouse is my refuge but I feel a bit exposed

  6. January 12, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    Just imagine this, I’d bloody love a ‘she-shed’. I’m quite lucky in that I have my office to go to, but I would love to be able to take refuge in my own cosy nook!

  7. January 13, 2018 / 4:54 pm

    One of my mum’s neighbours has built a big shed office in their garden, it’s fab! It would have to have decent heating at this time of year but great idea!

  8. January 14, 2018 / 4:26 am

    Oh I would LOVE a shed. Need a garden first though. Then again, maybe I just need to sort a separate work space in our home… But I like the way of being shut away in something that it totally MY space ?

  9. January 14, 2018 / 9:49 am

    I would love a she-shed but Isaac has applied to be on dengineers so i think he would get one before me LOL

  10. January 14, 2018 / 11:14 pm

    This sounds like a classic case of ‘you snooze, you lose’, which I think is probably common place in a lot of households, where space is concerned! There is something serene and peaceful about a summerhouse, though. I think you could end up with the better deal in the end.

  11. January 15, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    I ‘hot desk’ between dining room table and spare room-which-could-be-an-office. The dog rather sweetly follows me! I love the idea of a shed – especially for the summer – so that you could enjoy the garden and work at the same time.

    • Zena
      January 15, 2018 / 5:48 pm

      I think it would make a lovely environment in the summer. I love your working arrangements

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