Owner, Organize and Downsize
I became interested in life transitions while helping my grandmother move into an assisted living community. Visiting her there, I discovered a great affinity for the people I met. When she passed at the ripe young age of 101, I cleared her estate, calling on extensive project management experience and organizational skills to sell her home and find the just the right place for every one her belongings.
Within the year, I also helped my mother downsize and move into an Independent Living community. We created a floor plan of her new residence to determine what she could bring with her. Over a period of a week or two, she worked in short blocks of time making her wishes known while I attended to all the details of planning, sorting, packing, selling, and donating items appropriately. We learned the importance of maintaining a sense of humor during what can be a very stressful time. On move day, I supervised the wonderful moving crew, organized her new apartment, and settled her into her new home. My mother was immediately delighted with her new living arrangements.
Senior Move Manager
Determined to parlay these rewarding experiences into a new career serving older adults in transition, I sought training from and became a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers. I began to work as a Senior Move Manager in 2010. It is wonderful and gratifying to work with older adults and their families through the challenges and rewards of this significant life change.
My company, Organize and Downsize, has been awarded the Circle of Service designation by the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM). The Circle of Service designation is bestowed on Senior Move Management companies that have been NASMM members in good standing for a minimum of five years and have shown consistent dedication and support of NASMM and the Senior Move Management profession. In 2016, I earned my certification and the
designation SMM-c for a proven track record and many years of industry knowledge and experience.
Members of the National Association of Senior Move Managers are bound by a code of ethics and a commitment to safety which guides their relationship with clients. NASSM also requires ongoing training for its members and appropriate insurance coverage.
NASMM is a not-for-profit, professional association of organizations dedicated to assisting older adults and families with the physical and emotional demands of downsizing, relocating, or modifying their homes. As the only professional association in North America devoted to helping the rapidly increasing 55+ population with middle and later life transition issues, NASMM members are committed to maximizing the dignity and autonomy of all older adults.
More information on the National Association of Senior Move Managers can be found at nasmm.org