Thirty or forty years ago, moving to a new home meant rounding up friends and family to help with the planning and packing. Today, many families are spread out across the United States or don't live within easy driving distance of each other.
Even when there are family members nearby, those individuals may not have enough time available to help their parents prepare to move. Adult children caring for both children in the home and trying to look after their parents are referred to as "The Sandwich Generation" for good reason.
When moving from a home of multiple decades, deciding what to move and what doesn't move, can take weeks, if not months.
Adult children whose senior parents are preparing to move, may not have the time to devote to such a lengthy project.
And of course, "Family Dynamics" can enter into the picture. Parents and their children may not have the same values or attitudes when it comes to possessions and/or memorabilia.
A "Maven" of Moving...
A veteran of some 11 moves herself (several as a military wife), Susan is appreciative of how difficult relocation can be.
"Planning is key to a smooth transition of any kind, much less moving to a new home. If someone is moving to a smaller house, as we did when we moved to Maryland, then it is that much more challenging". Her expertise in organizing and the desire to put her creativity to good use led Susan to leave a corporate position to become a Senior Move Manager and Professional Organizer. Besides her own personal relocation experiences, she had to handle all the arrangements needed to close down her grandmother's home of 50+ years in Kansas City.
“Both my Mother and my Uncle died many years before continuous nursing care became necessary for my grandmother.As an only child and only grandchild, it pretty much fell to me to dispose of furniture, arrange for needed home repairs, and put her home up for sale.I would have welcomed the assistance of a Senior Move Manager, had I known of them”.
By bringing her own life experiences, her respect for seniors, and a true commitment to helping others, Susan hopes that she will be easing transitions, one move at a time.