Downsizing Without the Stress

We spend our lives filling a home with memories and things that bring us joy, but as we move along life’s journey, things change. Kids grow up and move on and we retire and are ready to downsize. For many, this can be a very overwhelming and scary thing because it is more than just packing up and moving, it’s about saying goodbye to precious memories and in many cases, independence too. While the emotional transition is a difficult one, the physical transition itself doesn’t have to be. A Senior Move Manager (SMM) can help with this task.

What is a Senior Move Manager?

An SMM assists older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation and/or aging in place. At the family’s direction, they prepare and execute a move and/or sale of the home allowing the family time and space to process such a big life change. From purging and organizing to estate/home sale, they can do it all.

Downsizing? Where Do I begin?

Nicole quotes Mark Twain: “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” She says, “it feels overwhelming because you’re looking at this monster-sized project…breaking that monster project into smaller tasks is essential to limiting the stress that naturally occurs at a time like this.” Though an SMM can handle the entire task from start to finish, families often want to be involved, so Nicole suggests dividing up necessary tasks among family members and the senior move management team, leaving the “hard stuff” for the professionals to handle.

About Nicole Ramer

Nicole, a Professional Organizer and Certified Senior Move Manager® is the owner of Organized Haven, serving the Central Florida area since 2013. They assist with the emotional and physical challenges of decluttering, downsizing, moving, or aging in place. A member of Better Living for Seniors Polk since 2015, Nicole is currently President of the Board. She is also a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and the National Association of Senior Move Managers® (NASMM). She and her team utilize continuing education with both NAPO and NASMM to advance their knowledge in working with older adults as it relates to moving, aging-in-place, helping those with hoarding tendencies, dementia, and cognitive decline, memory and forgetfulness, and communication matters.

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Nicole Ramer

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Liz Craven
Author: Liz Craven

Liz Craven, along with her husband Wes, owns Pro-Ad Media, publisher of Sage Aging ElderCare Guide, serving the local community for over 29 years. Liz lives in Lakeland and is very active in the local community, specifically in the area of aging. Liz serves on a number of local boards and committees including the Lakeland Vision and Age Friendly Lakeland.