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Here’s How Embracing Simplicity at Home Can Help You De-Stress

Implementing a few streamlined design elements will boost your sense of calm.

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Clutter at home can make you feel stressed and anxious, but it doesn’t have to. This specific advice from a member of the Thrive Global community can help you embrace and prioritize simplicity in your space, especially after a big move:

“About 15 years ago, my husband and I remodeled a dilapidated Victorian house. Since Victorians are, by definition, full of details and are therefore somewhat visually cluttered, we chose to streamline our redecorating process as much as possible. We painted all the walls white, used only white shades for our light fixtures, and stuck to a palette of natural woods, black, grey, and pops of blue and navy. We limited patterns on rugs and upholstered furniture. This simplicity helps us feel calm, and appreciate the intricate molding and details of the house without feeling overwhelmed or burdened by them.”  

—Francesca Moroney, writer, Edwardsville, IL

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