This week, the New York Times wrote an article about this problem, and the use of organizers and senior move managers was discussed. (read entire article here).
There have been professional organizers around for a while. Using one can be a lifesaver! We hired one when we moved from the Gold Coast to Ravenswood (I was in Paraguay at the time- Tom was working his full time job AND managing the move AND our 1 year old Thomas!). She was terrific – we were very grateful for her help.
If you’re interested in finding a great home organizer, I can refer you to one, or you can look at the website for the National Association of Professional Organizers – NAPO (see website here).
Association of Senior Move Managers
The article also talked about the Association of Senior Move Managers. I knew very little about this group, but was immediately intrigued.
I read a terrific article (read it here) which described what they do and why you should hire one:
1. Eliminate the potential for exploitation of seniors.
2. Downsize your aging parent’s home in an organized and dignified manner.
3. The aging parent feels in control of the moving process.
4. Move managers are often like a general contractor.
5. Eliminate stress on the family.
6. Move managers have useful tricks-of-the-trade up their sleeves.
Chicago Senior Move Managers
I immediately searched for a local Senior Move Manager, and behold! One lives just around the corner!
I met Marnie Dawson for coffee, and we had a great chat. I learned that she’s been in the business since 2006, and has helped many people with their moves.
Marnie’s business, Dawson Relocation, incorporates the best of home organization with tips and tricks for an efficient, well-priced move. Marnie helps with estate moves, as well as seniors who are “right-sizing”. She works with both the seniors AND their adult children, helping everyone make the move as stress-free as possible.
Marnie is delightful to be around, and she has a great command of this real estate niche. After spending an hour with Marnie, learning about her business, her mission, and her past experiences, I am going to recommend her to families looking for help with moving. She is a great asset to your Senior Moving Team!
First Steps in Moving
If you (or your parents) are considering downsizing, or “right-sizing”, the first step should be to call your Senior Real Estate Specialist, Anne Rossley. We’ll develop a plan for making the next step a stress-free and enjoyable transition!