National Association of Senior Move Managers Conference

I attended the National Association of Senior Move Manager’ annual conference in Tampa about two weeks ago and really enjoyed myself!  I apologize about the recap delay – my second grandchild was born and I flew to Texas to help my daughter immediately after the conference.
One of the greatest parts of the conference is networking with fellow senior move managers (SMM) from around the world.  There were SMMS from around over the U.S. including Hawaii, Canada, and Scotland. I love meeting new friends at conferences.  We learn so much from each other!
I also presented “Clearing the Way: Extreme Clutter & Hoarding for Senior Move Managers.  I believe it was valuable information for many SMMs.

National Association of Senior Move Managers Conference
One of my favorite sessions was “Transforming the Culture of Aging Towards a New Old Age” by Dr. Bill Thomas.  Dr. Thomas, a geriatrician discussed attitudes toward aging.  Check out his blog.
The vendor section of the conference had many great resources for SMMs to help their clients.  One of them had an interesting idea of how to sell used good.
I was so blessed and grateful that I was able to attend the NASMM conference and connect with wonderful people.  NASMM will be in San Diego for 2014!  Who’s joining me?

NASMM Bound!

I’m starting to pack and plan the last minute details for my upcoming trip to Tampa!  I have been asked to present “Extreme Clutter and Hoarding Issues for the Senior Move Manager” at the National Association of Senior Move Managers Annual Conference!
My goals of the presentation will be to assist other Senior Move Managers be prepared for chronically disorganized clients and even compulsive hoarding.  I’ll be discussing compulsive hoarding and exploring the meaning of the problem.  We’ll talk about appropriate communication skills necessary for Senior Move Managers working with older clients who hoard.  I’ll also be sharing some of my first hand experience with hoarding situations.

Packing with some organization!

I am going to Baltimore next week for the NAPO Conference (National Association of Professional Organizers) and am very excited about my trip.  I am starting to think about what I’m packing and here’s a few ideas for you to be packed and organized for your next week(end) away from home!

*Make a list of what you will need at least a week ahead of time.  You will then have the rest of the week to add to this list and won’t be scrambling around at the last minute trying to think what you will need to pack!

*Travel plans – Have a copy of your flight plan or driving directions (GPSs sometimes do not work well!).  Have a copy of the number of the hotel with you and make sure you leave a copy of your itenery with a family member or close friend.  Be sure to bring your health insurance information, just in case, and have your suitcase clearly marked.

*Pack lightly – Instead of trying to shove as many outfits into your suitcase think about what your needs are.  Do you need formal wear?  Casual?  Will you be going to the gym?  Try to layer clothing and pick what will work for several outfits.  For instance, a gray sweater might be great for a fun night out to dinner but would also be appropriate for a business meeting.  Try not to bring too many shoes – they take a lot of room.

*Toiletries – take a small travel version of toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, etc.  It will save a lot of space.  You can keep the containers in your travel tote ready for the next trip!  I love my travel tote from L.L.Bean to keep all my toiletries organized.  It even has a hook to hang on the back of a door or a towel rack!  Be sure all containers that have liquid are sealed in a plastic bag to prevent spills.  My daughter learned the hard way when a shampoo bottle exploded all over her favorite book on a drive from the beach!  Think through your daily routine – what do you use every day? Don’t forget any daily medications!

What is your best tip for packing with organization?