I'll Tell You What You Want (What You Really Really Want)

Home Stager with Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY

We romanticize mavericks, and secretly relish the image of rebels or non-conformist, but home at night in our bunny slippers, deep down- we crave order, yearn for accomplishments, and welcome new beginnings. YUP, it's what we really, really want.

This week we saw the first day of the month, a new quarter, the start of the second half of the calendar, a new fiscal year....lot of markers for fresh starts!

Nearly a dozen newsletters greeted me the morning of July 1st, with more arriving every day since. No spam, none were unsolicited, the common focus was quality of life, including my newest favorite, The Valley Table-eating and living local here in the Hudson Valley (check it out and subscribe, it's great-this issue has a Fair calendar!)

We all wrestle with the question of making good choices, and how to make the most of each set of 24 hours. As a Stager and Decorator I see how profoundly our spaces affect us first-hand.

Whether thinking about buying, selling or just staying and improving your Westchester County property- here are my best suggestions for small projects to take on this long weekend that'll make a BIG difference...MAYBE even help you get this song out of your head!

Clean out a closet: and do some good! Thrift shops abound locally, they're great sources for general donations of items in good condition. Google for options in your area, and call ahead for summer hours, and that they'll take what you want. Here in Westchester County consider Maizie's Consignment for any unwanted designer duds, or donate current womens' business wear to Career Closet in Briarcliff, and in a bit of serendipity, Men's Wearhouse Annual Suit Drive starts TODAY!

...Or a bookshelf: Most any Westchester library will gladly accept your hardcover books, even CDs and DVDs for their fund-raising book sales, find them here.

Buy new towels or bed linens: Remember the last time you stayed in a hotel? Chances are you were delighted by fresh, fluffy, matching towels; clean, crisp bed linens with nice plump bed pillows. With all the discount home stores and holiday sales, you can easily wake up to a new and wonderful space tomorrow, for not a lot of money. (Your old and mis-matched linens are welcomed at most animal shelters, too!)

Wash your windows: Clean windows improve your entire outlook, no matter what.

Organize your work space. Whether it's your desk, your work bench, your spice rack>an organized space is a happy space that clears the mind.

Paint something: The front door or shutters, the powder room, the garage floor...completing a small but meaningful project will feel surprisingly rewarding, and you'll be floored to realize how much energy you've spent putting it off vs actually getting it done!!


Marie Graham writes on, and consults about space, stuff, getting un-stuck, and on with your life (what Interior Decorating and Home Staging is really, really about!) Owner of The Refreshed Home, contact her directly marie@therefreshedhome.com or 914.607.2895

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Our spaces affect us profoundly...and so many other parts in our life fall into place when our spaces and possessions serve us in the best way they can. But getting there is much more than a pursuit of pleasing aesthetics.


Decorating and Staging are different, but much of the skill sets overlap, and each creates unique solutions that considers the needs, goals, resources, expectations, hopes and dreams of each client.

Bettering Westchester, Putnam and lower Fairfield counties since 1981, The Refreshed Home works collaboratively, and brings a thoughtful approach to the creative process. Proud to make a difference, as well as make a living. Offering specialty services such as remote and buyer consults, listing photo/video styling, guided and accompanied shopping, and accessory rental. We get in, get out, and you get on with your life.  Talk to me TODAY about how we can better your space!




Marie Graham ASP, IAHSP, IDS Your Stager With A Mission!

QUESTIONS? Don't hesitate!! 914.607.2895 

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Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker

Another excellent blog Marie :) Thanks for sharing , have a wonderful day!

Jul 03, 2014 02:18 AM #3
IRMA Beltran
Century 21 M & M and Associates-Turlock homes Real Estate - Turlock, CA
Your Real Estate Agent 4 Life Always there 4 You!

Execellent blog, thank you for sharing.

Have a Blessed Day!!!!

Jul 03, 2014 03:56 AM #4
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

Great thoughts, Marie, and that is part of my plan for this weekend.  Great minds think alike. - Debbie

Jul 03, 2014 05:59 AM #5
Jeff Jensen
The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states - Greenwich, CT

Thank you for your important sparkling ideas!

Jul 03, 2014 07:15 AM #6
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Marie great advice, personally I can not give up one book I hold on to all my books and the bulk of them are 1st Ed hard covers:)),Endre

Jul 03, 2014 07:39 AM #7
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

You're the best, Patty!

Thank you Irma!

Right with you Debbie, great 'found' time this weekend!

I like 'sparkling'-thanks Jeff!

Endre-I think I would like your house a lot, but if you were selling, and had so many books that'd be what buyers would remember about your house,  I'd recommend you pack some of them up. Too many people hold on to things simply because they don't know of any other option besides the curb.

Jul 03, 2014 09:48 AM #8
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Oh yes tell me what I want what I really really want oh yes please please please 

Jul 03, 2014 12:09 PM #9
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Now if someone else would do this for me because I.really.do.not.have.time. 

Jul 03, 2014 01:15 PM #10
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Is this the first Spice Girls reference on ActiveRain? :)


c mate,


Jul 03, 2014 02:36 PM #11
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

Laura F.-see you've got that song stuck in your head too

Judi-there are people that do this...

Laura C-might be....

Jul 03, 2014 10:07 PM #12
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Yes to this post and hostess...clean your windows? I wear glasses and when they are cleaned, I remain so grateful for such a small and simple thing...thank you

Jul 03, 2014 11:22 PM #13
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Wow, this looks a lot like my honey-do list Marie; did my wife call you?  :)

Congratulations on the Featured post!

Jul 03, 2014 11:34 PM #14
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Marie, you've got some excellent suggestions here. I love how you provided links to local businesses who can help people as they de-clutter.

Jul 04, 2014 02:51 AM #15
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

I love how very reasonable your list is--it is not overwhelming and generates an "I can do that" attitude.  We can't all be James Dean.

Jul 04, 2014 03:11 AM #16
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Didn't really think about July 1st being the start of some many things, but you're right Marie!  Happy 4th of July to you!!

Jul 04, 2014 05:09 AM #17
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

You're quite welcome Richie-simple things, done well are very rewarding.

Thanks Tom! (I think most of us have the same list :)

Tammie! Links like this so easy to find/share and everyone wins-just after I published this I learned of another organization that's national, P.E.O.  International. The local chapter just raised $3000 from a tag sale for scholarships!

Thanks Norma-we all can do more than we think we can....just getting started is key!

Happy 4th to you too Carla! I feel the same way about Labor Day-new beginnings!!

Jul 04, 2014 06:58 AM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Marie- have you been peeking at me???  I've been purging my closet of clothes I no longer wear, and it feels great. 

Jul 05, 2014 12:46 AM #19
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Congrats on the well-derserved Feature, my friend!  Now I must go weed a garden!

Jul 05, 2014 01:09 AM #20
Cat Zwicker, CRS
Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC - Redmond, OR
Down to Earth Service; Out of this World Results!

Exactly what I want! Orgnaization, less clutter, aka chaos, and a cheery touch of color!  Well thought out and timely! Cngratulations on the Feature!

Jul 05, 2014 09:05 AM #21
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

Kathy-it is a great feeling! The more I am in this business, the more I see how similar we all really are!

Weeding is good! (Will use that/credit you on the next edition Julia!!

Hi Cat-see, I knew what you want, what you really really want :)

Jul 05, 2014 12:38 PM #22
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