Weekly challenge: Create a calmer home

De-stressing isn’t only about lightening your load but creating a soothing environment to come home to at the end of the day. Follow a few simple principles of feng shui — the ancient Chinese art of interior design to balance energies — to make your home more relaxing. First, remove any objects from your field of vision that cause stressful thoughts, like that pile of bills cluttering your bedroom bureau or stack of old newspapers on your kitchen counter. Frame that gorgeous hiking shot from your last vacation and place it where you’ll always see it.

Next, create a feeling of openness by leaving at least two and half feet of walking space around furniture. Having to squeeze around large couches and end tables can cause tension. Finally, bring a little nature indoors by pulling up your shades to let in natural light, opening windows, and place plants around the room.

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