My favorite Boggle Room

An Example from my life

Excerpted from my upcoming Boggle Book ©Madelyn Grifith-Haynie-all rights reserved
Part 2   – CLICK HERE for Part 1 of this particular post- see below for links to  entire series 

My favorite Boggle Room —
because it was the most effective

When I was living in New York City, a high stress place if there ever was one, my Boggle Room was my bedroom.

It is one of the things I miss most about New York, now that I have relocated myself and The Optimal Functioning Institute’s “executive offices” elsewhere.

I lived in a large apartment in a pre-war elevator building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. I designed my New York bedroom, a space that was much longer than wide, so that my queen-sized bed was practically in the middle of the room.  At the end of the room toward the foot of the bed I built in an entire wall of mirrored closets.

The bed itself was on a tall platform with storage drawers built underneath, with a headboard that rose to within eighteen inches of the high ceiling.  The headboard was similar to a tall bookshelf unit facing the back of the room

One shelf only faced “forward,” accessible from the bed. I kept a clock radio, a few books and a princess phone there. A large poster of Mt. LeConte at dawn, a view of the Smoky Mountains that is very special to me, hung on the front of the headboard, flanked by two sconces that could be turned on and off from the bed.

The normal bedside table clutter was in the top drawer at the head of the bed, under the side on which I normally slept.  The drawer was fitted with a sliding interior “lid” that allowed the drawer to function as a surface when open.

That gave me a convenient place for a glass of water and a magazine or two that I could quickly put back into the drawer in the morning, along with my pj’s.
Close at hand but out of sight.

The bed was in the center of the space so that there was room behind the headboard for two dressing areas, separated from each other by a headboard-high divider. Each area contained a chest of drawers, a desk-height surface with a chair, and L-shaped shelving that “grew out of” of the back of the headboard.

Nothing behind the headboard was visible from the main part of the bedroom except the chests. 

I designed it so that my fiancé and I could have totally separate areas out of each other’s sightlines. (My stuff is necessary — your stuff is clutter!)

Even though I ended up living there alone, “his” area became a great place for the real messes of my life, leaving “mine” fairly well organized and relatively clutter-free.

The two large windows (overlooking a center courtyard filled with five stories of laundry lines strung window to window), were covered with lace curtains I called “view blocks.”  They were affixed with tension rods in the top and bottom hems, inside the window frame, with a roll-down shade behind each of them.  The “view blocks” let in the light but obscured the fact that there was a disorienting view.  If I wanted or needed total privacy I could pull down the roll-down shades behind them.

My bed was covered in a comforter encased in a duvet of a pink and green floral fabric that I found soothing and lovely.  There were six pillows on the bed, three on each side, full sized, and covered with pillowcases in coordinated fabrics.  I learned to banish the smaller, always messy, throw pillows much earlier in my life.**

The walls of my room and the entire bed-unit were painted the same color — a cool gray, the color of stone in nature    My ceiling was the pink of a sunrise and a ceiling fan was suspended over the bed.

That’s it!

All I had to do was throw the magazines and empty water glass into the “bedside table drawer,” shake  out the comforter and stack the pillows each morning, for the room to be PERFECT and beautiful!

From the bed, there was nothing in sight but the bed, two lace-curtained windows with room darkening roll down shades behind them, a few pictures I found appealing to gaze at, and whatever was on the headboard.

Everything else was out of sight and out of mind –– behind a door, in a drawer or behind the bed.  There was no place to create mess and I could see nothing to remind me of anything on my to-do list.  I had considered hanging plants but rejected the thought because I didn’t want to think about another living thing when I was close to Boggle.

Design your Boggle Space

Work first on paper.  Read through the lists you have created to remind yourself what is soothing to you and what you definitely do not want around.

Decide where you are going to locate your Boggle Space.

  • Make a list of the items that will go in the space.
  • Make another list of the items that have to come out of the space.
  • Mark down where you are going to put them

Starting to Boggle already? 

Oops.  We’ve left out the most important thing: The TBZ.

Stay tuned.  In next week’s segment of the Boggle series, we are going to talk about how to create a space for immediate relief – as well as a few tips on how to use it.

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**Below: SOME content overlap – different info – Read BOTH

Coming up in the Boggle Series:

  • 11 – Boggle Bait
  • 12 – Avoiding Re-Boggle
  • 13 – Brain-science and Boggle

About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

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