Cleaning This One Area of Your Home Will Improve Well-Being

Kelsey Clark

Happy Wednesday! Welcome back to our Take 5 column, where we invite you to take a hump-day break with the week’s most revitalizing lifestyle stories. Ready for a breather?

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Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

Take 1: If you want to spring-clean but don't know where to start…

The pros over at Apartment Therapy have cleaning and organization down to a science, and they always start with the coffee table. Read on to find out why (and the best possible way to organize it).

Take 2: If you're celebrating International Women's Day…

Take to Instagram to spread the love even further using the hashtag #WeAreWomen. Together with our sister sites Byrdie, Who What Wear, and Obsessee, we're launching an Instagram-wide celebration of inspiring women.

Take 3: If you're really trying to think more positively…

This new study is serving up some motivation: The researchers found that those who are more optimistic are actually less likely to suffer from heart disease, cancer, stroke, or lung conditions. If that's not a reason to smile, I don't know what is.

Take 4: If a solo trip abroad is in the cards for 2017…

Consider flying Air India, which is now reserving seats exclusively for solo female travelers. "We feel, as national carriers, it is our responsibility to enhance comfort level to female passengers," said airline representative Meenakshi Malik. 

Take 5: If you're over the unicorn food trend…

Feast your eyes on its ocean-inspired twin sister: mermaid toast. Creator Adeline Waugh used "a variety of blue algae powders and liquids mixed with almond milk cream cheese" to create the masterpiece. The best part? It's good for you.

Your afternoon pick-me-up:

PSA: Wine-infused coffee is now a thing, thanks to winemaker Molinari Private Reserve and coffee roaster Wild Card Roasters. Preorder your own bag at $20 a pop.

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