ReadyStageMove™ Summer Highlights - September 2014
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ReadyStageMove™ Team - Bernadette Flaim, Jean Marie Herron and Maria Rini


RSM™ Presents . . .
Maximize the Dollars, Minimize the Stress, and Move! 
Date: Tuesday, 9/23/14
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Paramus Community School, 201-261-7800 Ext. 3038
Downsizing for Dummies
Date: Tuesday, 10/14/14
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Ridgewood Community School
Save the Date
RSM™ Webinar
Date: Tuesday, 10/21/14
Time: TBD 

TOPIC: A Team Approach to Selling a Home -- Developing Strategic Partnerships with Real Estate Agents, Organizers and Stagers 
. . . that RSM's™ Strategic Partners also have their own businesses? Here's what they've been up to . . .
Bernadette was recently awarded "Reader's Choice" for 2014 Bergen Health & Life Magazine -- Outstanding Home Stager 

The Flaim Group LLC - Home Staging & Redesign
Jean Marie Herron receiving the "Organizer of the Year" 2013-2014 for Outstanding Service to the NAPO NNJ Chapter and the Organizing Profession

POSSE Partners LLC
Maria recently received her Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) designation from the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing. This designation assures affluent buyers and sellers that the agents who have earned it have the knowledge, experience, competence, and confidence they require.

The Welcome Home Team 
RE/MAX Real Estate Limited
Check RSM's™ most recent "Case Study"  . . . 

Hello from ReadyStageMove™

. . . and welcome to our first newsletter. It been awhile since we last saw each other, so we’d like to share what ReadyStageMove™ has been up to. Here are some highlights, some successes and what you can expect in the months ahead.

Take a moment to brush off summer's sand and enjoy this month's RSM news . . .


Bernadette, Jean Marie and Maria 

If you like what you have read, please feel free to share with a friend . . .

Don't Trash Your Hidden Treasures - Upcycle Instead!
by Bernadette Flaim 

Summer is almost over . . . and whether you have plans to dwell or sell, don't be too quick to trash your hidden treasures or set them aside for a fall yard sale - consider "upcycling" instead. 

So what is Upcycling? According to, it is the process of converting old or discarded items into something useful and, surprisingly, often beautiful. Upcycling also gives an item a better purpose. Although both are incredibly "green" unlike recycling, upcycling doesn't involve the breaking down of materials, but rather a creative way to refashion and sometimes repurpose them. The upcycled item is typically of better quality than the original and certainly an upscale, "refreshed" version of its former self. What's old is new again, but with a twist.

This stylish bucket is made from a used tire... how brilliant is that!

Your Grandparents Were Probably Upcyclers

Although upcycling is considered "trendy" it is certainly not new - big in the 30s and 40s - it was considered an "age of thrift" when families needed to reuse and repurpose almost everything - over and over again.

We are Still Doing It for Fun and Profit

  Photo:  Repurposed Belt
  Art Crazy Belt Lady - 

Most of us are "green" at heart - whether it's to send less "stuff" to the earth's landfills, or to pay it forward, leaving a better place for our children. But who are we kidding . . . this upcycling thing is FUN and aesthetically satisfying - you only have to visit the many upcycling boards on Pinterest - here's mine - or take a spin around - many of their artists' beautifully upcycled items can rival those found in high-end boutique shops.

Not yet convinced? Here are some more amazing and fun examples:

Travel slides make the perfect upcycled lampshade. Photo:

Vintage book repurposed to collect greeting cards. Photo:

Spray-painted yellow and topped with plywood, three Goodwill filing cabinets "morph" into a stylish storage unit. Photo:

Upcycling is . . . simply Responsible

I couldn't agree with more - when you upcycle, you remove items from the global garbage stream. The possibilities are endless and so are the things you can upcycle - suitcases, costume jewelry, furniture, clothing, housewares, old bathroom fixtures, tires and tools just to name a few - upcycling is only limited to your imagination.

So . . . sort through your closets, your attic, your garage and your basement - showcase what you love, but in a new and unexpected way . . . how? . . . by UPCYCLING it . . .!

Visit The Flaim Group's
"Designer Notebook of Flaimentations" - for more upcycling inspiration.

What is ReadyStageMove™?  

ReadyStageMove™ (RSM™) is a proven method of selling homes that is essential to growing your business. The RSM™ System comprises a "How-to" Guide and accompanying materials that will successfully help you develop relationships with the "Real Estate Triad" of professionals -- real estate agents, organizers and stagers.

From this unique approach, you will learn how to affectively develop strategic partnerships for getting a home sold taking your business to the next level by increasing qualified leads and clients and, therefore, income. 
Want to build your own strategic partnerships?
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