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Create and use storage spaces for those things that would otherwise become clutter - and create chaos. Remember, clutter usually makes a place appear dirty... or at least un-inviting. Give things you use on a regular basis - a regular place to call their own...everything in it's place means less wasted time and less frustration. Clean on a regular basis...but also choose materials and accessories which are easy to clean. Add sound of water or other soothing backround sounds...instead of constant "chatter" of television. You will find it's also good for encouraging conversation. And there is nothing stopping you from turning off phone now and then, either. Putting more effort into making your home someplace special will pay off
But be warned...when others see what your home has become - that wonderful haven from stresses of world - they may be trying to "get away from it all" at your house! Be sure to specify "check out times" and post them where they can be easily seen by guests.
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the owner of "HEART'S DOOR", which specializes in the creative use of collectibles and vintage items in home-decorating. Having been involved in Interior Decorating and collecting for over 20 years she recently took her shop online at www.heartsdoor.org