Moving at any age is a tough job. However, moving from a beloved family home due to financial or care needs can be absolutely devastating. Did you know that there are professionals out there who will help you and your family with the entire process? Hiring a professional for even a short amount of time can help alleviate the stress and emotional distress for everyone involved.
Kathy Boyd is a professional organizer and the owner of Declutterfly Professional Organizing. She specializes in senior move management and downsizing. Services include professional packing, downsizing, coordinating move, unpacking, donation drop off, and purging and decluttering.
Boyd’s website says, “When it comes to senior downsizing sorting through years of possessions can be overwhelming. We are trained to assist you in managing this senior downsizing process one step at a time. We are compassionate and caring, while working efficiently and quickly to keep costs low while meeting your senior downsizing goals and timelines.”
Rates for these services can vary greatly. Boyd’s rates start at $55 an hour, with a minimum 3 hours per session. Her “Starter Package” is a 1-hour in-home consultation, 3 hours of decluttering and organizing, and 1 carload of donation haul-offs for $165. Her largest premade package, the “24 Hour Package” is 8 sessions at 3 hours each with 1 carload of donation haul-offs for each session for $1,200. Plus, there are many other packages sizes in the middle.
“Downsizing a beloved family home can be physically and emotionally exhausting.”
Professional organizers will also have additional resources your family may need. If your loved one has a particular type of collection, they may know the best place to sell it. If they had nice professional clothing, the organizer may know of a fantastic charity to help someone in need. Boyd said she even knows a service that will record stories and memories and photograph items, then create a lovely album for the family. That way not ever single item has to make the move to the smaller space, yet the sentiment is preserved.
To find a professional organizer in your area you can search on Craigslist, Angie’s List, Thumbtack, Yelp, or a simple Google search. There’s even a website called FindMyOrganizer.com. Most organizers will offer a free consultation where you can determine if you and your family will click with particular personalities.
Downsizing a beloved family home can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Making decisions about precious heirlooms and family memories is tough. Contact a professional organizer today and help your loved ones through this difficult time.
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