HEALTHY LIVING
11/19/2012 08:15 am ET Updated Apr 02, 2013

Soul Space: Home Decorating Tips To Create A More Nourishing Environment

If home is where the heart is, where does the soul live?

Xorin Balbes, author of SoulSpace: Transform Your Home, Transform Your Life -- Creating a Home That Is Free of Clutter, Full of Beauty, and Inspired by You says, there are ways to make our homes more enriching environments for our inner selves.

Creating a soul space calls for a process of ridding negatively-charged items and clearing out clutter. "Our interior design reflects the interior design of our souls," Balbles told The Huffington Post.

The process can be an emotional one. We ascribe meaning to the objects we keep around, and letting go of certain memories can be painful. On the flip side, there are items we should surround ourselves with for inspiration. While material things don't define who we are, they can, as Balbles put it, "support our spiritual evolution."

So, why make a soul space at home? "There are so many distractions today," Balbes says. "We live in a world that is moving pretty quicky, we’re at the mercy and whim of our jobs and our families." And while there's a lot we can't control, Balbles points to our homes as the environment that we do have authority over. "Our homes can nurture and take care of us in ways we never knew possible."

Click through the slideshow below to see seven of Balbes's tips for making your home into a soul space.

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Tips To Create A Soul Space

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