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CREATE YOUR SPACE. Even if it's only a discreet corner, create a work space for yourself. Create an inbox where all of the random business of life can go. I'm a mother and writer and my inbox is invaluable for holding next assignments, kindergarten paintings (where to hang this 20,000th piece?), and notes from my husband ("Hey. Download this iphone app.").
CREATE A CHILL SPACE. You also need a centralized place to relax, read, meditate. Keeping to one spot allows for an efficient ritual in your day. The coffee goes on the same table, the lighting is always right, the blanket is within reach, the Wall Street Journal stack is waiting your perusal. It keeps you consistent, it keeps you calm.
MAKE THE RANDOM LOOK DELIBERATE. If you have a random collection or assemblage of flotsam, make it look clean and deliberate by gathering it together. These seemingly random pieces of art create a unique and uniform room simply by hanging in close proximity to each other.
EMBRACE HOW CHAOS REPRESENTS REAL LIFE. Once the major organizational problems are managed within a dwelling, a certain amount of deliberate chaos portrays organic, realistic living. Organize out of sight the household necessities, then allow into full view the objects that you love. Embrace what real [organized] living looks like.