The upcoming holidays has me in the mood to clear the decks around the house. The other day I got a little crazy and began cleaning out the cabinets and drawers in my dining room. While the amount of trash that was generated amazed and saddened me, I chuckled to myself when I saw my good china. It dawned on me that for the past 25 years, this is the normal course of action with the good china. Look at it. During that time, this china has been used exactly three times!
Periodically we are asked to speak to audiences about the downsizing process. One of the challenges has been to develop creative answers to audience member questions about parting with treasures. At one of the most recent events, it dawned on me that some of the most valuable material that we share with the audience has actually been provided by our audiences! So here is a shout out to those nuggets of wisdom...
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Join us on the journey of decluttering each home, one by one! These blogs all have a different "flavor", but all with the intent of getting each of us more organized!
If you tell someone that you work for senior move management company you will, inevitably, get a weak smile, a nod, and a blank stare. It is clear that they do not quite understand what you do. When you take a moment to explain the work that we do, your audience will usually clutch their immediate belongings.
Are y ou familiar with the work that a senior move manager does? You are in good company. Most others do not know either. Essentially, if you are going to be moving, the senior move manager can help you along the way. Read below to find out why you may want to look into this invaluable service!
The senior move management industry has existed for more than 15 years. Despite it's age, many people are not familiar that such help exists. In an effort to clarify what it is that we do, below you will find an ABC guide to senior move managers and the work that they do!
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I have an experiment for you readers: Tell someone that you would like to help them "declutter" or "downsize" their belongings. The responses will range from outright refusal to a wonderful look of gratitude. After five years of work with a senior move management company, here are some of the most common responses that encountered:
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As an employee of a senior move management company, one of my responsibilities is to help clients transition from one home to another (usually smaller) home.
For seniors this inevitably means that there will be some downsizing, organizing and decluttering necessary before the move takes place. Our goal is to work closely with the client to determine what they would like to keep and what they would like to leave behind. Many of our clients find this to be a very challenging/difficult process. Nearly everything that they have, regardless of its age or condition, is placed in the "keep" pile. Despite our best efforts, we are not always successful in getting the "keep" pile to a reasonable size.
It is interesting to spend some time talking to our clients. We have found that clients sometimes have misperceptions about the work that we do. Below, I hope to clear up some of these misunderstandings.