The Staging and Organizing of an Office

The office (or study or library 
or the countertop in the kitchen, top of the dresser, etc.)
is the control room 
of the house.
The center.

It is the place most decisions are made.
The place we confront the goals in life.

It ought to be a place that you can find things easily, right?
What if we considered that we have an office 
or study room in our mind?

What do we store there in our thoughts, 
the center of our heart?

Do we:
 -keep notes and volumes of things that are not fit to look at?
-cram discontentment and jealousy into the crevices and drawers,
-file away unforgiveness and judgment towards others?
-clutter it with piles of regret and souvenirs of past failings?

What if we purged them?
Threw them away?
Replaced them with other things?

Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best 
by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, 
reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious
—the best, not the worst; 
the beautiful, not the ugly; 
things to praise, not things to curse. 

Do that, and our God of peace, 
(untroubled, and undisturbed well-being), 
who makes everything work together, 
will be with you.

Phillipians 4:8-9

(We all have our piles once in a while).
But, my sweet friends, let us try to dwell 
on those things that are true and beautiful.
Let us rearrange our thoughts and ponder (file away) 
those things that are useful and praiseworthy.
So, that on those days when we need to grab
 a quick reminder of our true worth, it is easily found.


This is an office in a home I staged.
It had had piles for a while 
because the homeowner lived between 2 homes,
and didn't have time to deal with both places.

In order to stage this room, the clutter was packed up or purged
a chair was brought in from the dining room, 
and a sofa console table brought in from the living room.
No money was spent, I just used items from other rooms.








When staging an office, remember: 
buyers want to see a clutter-free, organized space 
that makes it look like fun to actually do work in.

When the Lord looks in our heart,
do you suppose He'd like to see the same thing?



  1. Hello Leslie...I'm always trying to organize my office. It looks good for about one hour and then the pile-ups start all over again. A never ending battle. I kind of like that green on the walls in your post today. Take care and have a fun day. Sincerely, Susan

  2. Lovely job! Want to come over to Scotland and organise my home for me? I wish!
    Thanks for the nice comments on my blog. We'll need to check out your daughter's you have a link somewhere?

  3. I'm her daughter... :) I want to come over to Scotland... :D

  4. Hi, Leslie! I LOVE your blog! You are such a Proverbs 31 woman! I don't know how you do it all.
    Blessed day! Love your NC friend, Beckers.

  5. Thank you for stopping by my blog!! Will you be my new BFF???? LOL! Isn't amazing how the Lord brings people with a lot in common together over the internet?! There is a couple we know that is going to East Asia. I look forward to reading more on your blog.

  6. Oh my office needs a make over! Love the verse.

    On a totally unrelated note, I heart that green painted wall!!!

  7. Yes, I love being organized!!! You do such a lovely job!!!

  8. I am also her daughter. :D I would also love to come to Scotland! Really, truly! hehe

  9. Great idea! Love seeing a creative mind work and gain success!!!!!! Hope it continues to grow!


  10. Ok, that's it.. I'm reading your whole blog today! You've got so many good ideas.

  11. This is a perfect example of how to sell a home with bright colors on the walls. Last week, I had the opportunity to go to a home that had been staged for a Nationally syndicated TV show. The reason I was called was because the agent refused to release the new photos and list the home. It was dreadful! Flat paint on everything(so the cameras wouldn't catch a glare when the show airs), the master bed painted worse than Pepto-Bismol pink but not quite a fuchsia all four walls including closet doors. Oh it was horrid. I plan to blog about this in the future. I kept saying over and over- you don't want to paint a home with bright colors and expect it to sell. Not many buyers are going to love this dreadful shade of pink and will look at this room as a large project. Paint is paint but the entire house was one big painting project on walls that have sharp angles. Anyways, your office space is an excellent example on how to sell a house with brightly colored walls. It's gorgeous!


  12. What paint color is on these walls? Love it!


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