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Beautiful, Organized, Peaceful Home



Welcome to my first blog attempt. I’m Laura and I have several passions in life. Jesus, family, organizing, and history, to name a few. I’m a fan of the Oxford comma, screened porches, coffee with friends, and race-walking. I have a residential organizing business called Simple Steps Organizing StL and I love to share my organizing gift with others.

My techie friends say that the first four words in my blog title will affect people’s ability to find me, so expect some succinct titles. Today we are talking about making your home a place of beauty and peace.


For several years, my husband and I hosted a Christmas open house for seminary students. As a seminary faculty family, we used it to show these future pastors how to open their own homes to their congregations during the holidays. We had small den that I decorated as a place to have personal devotions. On the ottoman I had a tray with a winter mug, a candle and my bible. Several people commented that it looked so inviting. While I do have personal devotions, I was completely honest and told them that I staged that room for the open house to make the point of not getting too busy during the holidays to neglect our time with Jesus, and talked about our favorite family devotions we used over the years.

Then it occurred to me, why not enjoy the staged atmosphere all the time? Why do we only make our homes beautiful (staged) when we’re ready to move? Are we not worthy to live in an environment of peace and beauty all the time? So I kept that den as an inviting spot to retreat.

How about you? Is your home a peaceful spot for you and your family to land at the end of the day? What steps can you take toward that goal? Give yourself grace. Our homes did not get to this point over night, so it will be a process to rethink how we live in our homes. We'll be exploring this more, but for now I’ll leave you with a quote from Arthur Ashe “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

In peace,

Laura ~ your organizing girlfriend

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