It’s your move! The upside of downsizing

Posted by Mary Beth Galarneau on May 30, 2018 2:26:22 PM


Some say that 50 is the new 30, which must mean that 70 is the new 50. Sure, you may still have a spring in your step, but don’t let that deter you from planning now for your future.


Take a glance around the place you’ve called home for years. Are the bedrooms upstairs? This may pose a problem later if your knees start to weaken. You may love soaking in the tub, but down the line, you may have difficulty stepping over the edge. Your closets and dresser drawers may be filled with years of accumulation of “stuff” – a task that you or a family member will spend hours having to sift through. How about location? If you’re in a rural area, you may feel isolated and lonely as the years pass by, with it being difficult for aging friends to visit. An urban area close to shops and amenities may be more your speed. You may eventually have to give up driving, so being near public transportation might be an important factor. How about financial reasons? With taxes high in many towns, it may be fiscally responsible to sell your house and move to a small home or a retirement community.


The bottom line is that now is the time to plan for your future, not later. Often times, when a senior decides it’s time to downsize, it’s because of a health crisis or the death of a spouse. In other words – it’s done during a very stressful time.

Get ahead of the game and work on simplifying your life now, before it’s forced upon you. While packing up a house you’ve lived in for years can be daunting at any age, it can be particularly emotional for seniors who have difficulty parting with their belongings. However, the whole task can be a lot easier by working with a company who does just that – packs you up and moves you from one home to another.


Enter Michelle Kavanaugh of Organize Senior Moves in Delmar. Kavanaugh, a member of the National Association of Senior Moving Managers, is trained and certified to work with clients and has been doing so for over eight years. Kavanaugh and her team of 20 employees will sift and sort through everything and help the client decide what they’re going to toss, donate, pass on to family or take with them. With access to auctioneers, movers, realtors and other sources a person may need during a move, Kavanaugh’s team works quickly and efficiently with the end goal being to make the transition from one home to another as stress-free as possible.


The process is simple:

  • · First, the new space is measured and a layout is chosen
  • · Then, they work with the client to decide which items they will keep, and which they will sell, donate, give to family members or dispose of
  • · The client is then packed
  • · The client is unpacked in their new space, including placement of furniture, hanging pictures, unpacking personal items, putting away dishes, making beds, hooking up all electronics, hanging curtains, etc.


"On moving day, we aim to have the client completely unpacked and comfortable in their new home," said Kavanaugh. "The most exciting part of our job is the day we move clients, and set up their new home. The expressions on their faces are priceless when they walk into their new home.”


If you know that downsizing is in your future, why wait for tomorrow? Why not do it now, so that you can enjoy your later years? Hire a Senior Move Manager to make what would be an arduous task….easy and stress-free!


Organize Senior Moves, a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM), is a Delmar-based business that helps clients downsize to a smaller home, senior living residence or assisted-living facility. They will help facilitate everything from estate sales, donations, packing up and setting up your new residence. For more information call 518.621.6568 or visit organizeseniormovescom.







Topics: safety for seniors, how to help my parents move out, helping parents to move, NASMM, estate sales, seniors, moving

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