10 Real-Life Tricks for Creating a Calm, Peaceful Home

featured on Good Housekeeping and Country Living by Lauren Piro

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Image credit: Goodhousekeeping.com and Getty

Life is too hectic for your home to not be a quiet respite from it all. We asked interior designers, professional organizers, and (of course!) real moms for their easy, practical advice on creating some breathing room each and every day.

Allow some space for mess.

You won't have a completely spotless and tidy home all the time (sorry to break it to you). But you can contain the clutter by having a dedicated space for it. 

"Maybe you have a homework table for your kids, where they can throw backpacks and books," says feng shui expert Anjie Cho. Or, assign just one bin for forms and bills, or a basket where your family can drop bags, scarves, and whatever else they bring in every day — and know exactly where to find them later.

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by Anjie Cho