Hiring a Professional

Working with a professional organizer or senior move manager can often make the process of downsizing and moving much more manageable. A trained professional can keep things on track and lend a supportive hand without the emotional entanglement that can occur when family members or friends help seniors relocate.

Professional organizers often belong to national industry organizations. Although certification for professional organizers is still being developed, you can obtain a high level of reliability by going through one of these organizations.

Senior move managers are similar to professional organizers, but they focus on working specifically with seniors. There are a growing number of senior move managers in the United States, and many belong to the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM).

If you are planning a move to a retirement community, check with the community’s relocation coordinator for a referral to a professional. Social workers or case managers at long-term care communities, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers can also make referrals.

Excerpt from Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move. Please visit http://www.organizationrules.com to purchase a copy today.

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Veteran’s Day

Looking up at the flag flying over the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from a 2008 family trip.

Looking up at the flag flying over the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from our 2008 family trip.

Yesterday was Veteran’s Day – a day our nation takes the time to honor those who have served and those who continue to do so.  My father, brothers, son-in-law, nephews, nieces, and many other relatives have served as members of the Army, Air Force, and National Guard.  I am also blessed working with many seniors that are veterans as well.

Please take the time this week to thank a veteran for his or her amazing sacrifice towards our country.