Treasures Anyone?

When you have an event in your life that scares you, sometimes that’s an indication that things need to change. Maybe it’s time to organize, declutter, evaluate or downsize.

In my situation, I decided to empty the storage unit that I rented for many years. This unit was in a very nice climate controlled facility. However most of the treasures,furniture, memorabilia, photos, stuffed animals, other misc. items and just junk, didn’t belong to me. I became aware while opening boxes and containers and moving alot of furniture, that my two daughters and other family members had asked me to store an abundance of their stuff. Obviously, I had said “Yes”. So it was time to empty the space!

While my daughters and their families were visiting, we arranged, trashed, donated or relocated everything. We even sold a few things! I’m glad that we were able to get this project accomplished. Now someone else can fill it with their treasures.

A Happy House

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting wonderful friends in their new home. This couple recently moved to Florida after living in the same house in N.J. for almost fifty years. During my stay, I placed art on the walls, hung family pictures and rearranged furniture. I even helped with unpacking a few boxes. We also ate delicious food, relaxed while having pedicures and swam in the beautiful pool.  Oh, did I mention that we played a few games of pool in the club house billiard room.

We had a great time and we got a lot accomplished. I was delighted to help. Their new home is a testament to this couples love for each other, their family and friends. I hope they enjoy it for many years.Marie and Buddys house





Making a House a Home



This was a fun job. Exhausting, tiring but well worth the effort.  Not only were all the boxes and plastic containers unpacked but a large tree was cut down and lots of branches were trimmed from over grown bushes. All of this needed to be bundled then hauled to the curb for organic pick-up.

Next the unpacking and arranging of the family belongings started. Wall to wall bookcases in the living room were filled with everything from reading material for children to medical reference articles. The kitchen drawers and cabinets were stocked with all the items needed to feed a family of four and some guests. Even the dining room table was set. Towels, bed sheets and toiletries lined the shelves in the linen closet. The beds were made and the bedrooms were organized. The doll house in the little girls room was precious.

After several days the empty house was completely finished. It looked inviting and comfortable. I was pleased. The new homeowners arrived and were able to settle into their first home. They were very happy!empty dining roommaster bedroom containersTo see the unpacked and staged rooms, please look at the video.only a mattresspacked boxes in kitchen





Staging Junky?

Is there such a thing? I don’t know but I think I qualify. I just can’t help myself! When I walk into someones home, I immediately scan the room and think about the changes I would make. Not necessarily to my taste but how the balance, color pallet, appearance and placement could be more pleasing.
Does this art need to hang on a different wall or should a certain piece of furniture be in another location? More to the right, on an angle or under a window. Are the accessories too symmetrical, too much clutter or is the space dark and dreary. Would new paint make the room seem spacious, warm and welcome.
Many of my friends have requested my opinion or advice when they have moved, remodeled or needed to update a tired room.cottage before stagging #2 I am flattered and really enjoy the chance to be of service. So give me your empty or not so empty space to beautify.