Hiring the Right Help When Downsizing or Moving

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Hiring the right help when downsizing or moving might be all that it takes to minimize the stress and make such an overwhelming transition easier on a senior and their family. 

Imagine that you have lived in your home for decades and have collected a lifetime of memories. The thought of downsizing and moving is nothing less than daunting. Emotions weigh heavily on your shoulders as you touch each item and make the decision of whether to keep it or let it go.

You have so many questions. You’re not quite sure when you should start downsizing, what you should sell or donate, or how to avoid move day stress.

You can hire movers to save your back when moving, but who is going to save your sanity? A Senior Move Manager®, of course!

A Senior Move Manager® (SMM) is a professional who specializes in assisting older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocating or even aging-in-place at home. The term Senior Move Manager® is a registered trademark of the National Association of Senior & Specialty Move Managers® (NASMM.)

As a Certified Senior Move Manager®, I have helped hundreds of seniors make the transition from their family homes to new residences that better suit their needs and lifestyle. The people that seniors hire to help them make the move can either make the transition easier, or they can make it harder. I’m on a mission to make sure the seniors in my community have the resources and knowledge they need to make the transition a smooth one.



hiring the right help when downsizing or moving



NASMM members are experienced professionals, bound by a pledge of integrity, committed to safety & ethics, and dedicated to continuing professional education and development.

With knowledge and experience, Move Managers have the expertise, resources, and approaches that save money, reduce stress and produce quality results.

All aspects of the move process are addressed to execute a seamless action plan that is customized to their client’s wishes.



Senior Move Managers® provide a multi-faceted approach to the move process, from space planning in the beginning, to pre and post-move support and advocacy.

Services are client-centered and personalized to meet their individual client’s needs and promote their client’s dignity and autonomy.

Many Senior Move Managers® are trained in helping those with hoarding tendencies or dementia & cognitive decline.

They also understand memory & forgettery and communication matters when working with older adults and their families.



With the gentle and expert guidance of an experienced Senior Move Manager®, older adults & families make key decisions without the emotional and physical distress that can follow. As a result, older adults & their families avoid the costly mistakes & remorse that often accompany such major life transitions.

See our blog posts on “How to Avoid Move Day Stress” and “How to Get Mom or Dad Ready for Their Next Move” for tips on this after reading this post.

NASMM members are required to carry proper insurance, to take and pass courses in Safety & Ethics, and they are screened for experience.

If you or a loved one will face the daunting task of downsizing and moving in the near (or even not so near) future and need to simplify the transition, find a Move Management company like Organized Haven here: www.nasmm.org. There you will find the right help – expert, affordable and compassionate.

Organized Haven is Polk County’s and Central Florida’s only NASMM A+ Accredited, full-service moving, downsizing, and estate clearing company. We employ a team of experienced Professional Organizers, Senior & Specialty Move Managers and Movers. We are a one-stop shop for those facing the overwhelming transition of downsizing and/or moving, combining households or facing other life transitions.

Just know that you don’t have to go it alone! A custom solution is the only solution!


What have been some of your experiences with downsizing and moving? Would you do anything differently if you had to do it all over again? Do you agree that hiring the right help when downsizing or moving makes all the difference?


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Happy downsizing!



By: Nicole Ramer, CPO®, SMM~C®

(Certified Professional Organizer® & Certified Senior Move Manager®)

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  1. Sabrina Quairoli

    What a wonderful service you are providing to these senior adults! Thank you for sharing what a Senior Move Manager® is.

    • Nicole Ramer

      Thank you, Sabrina! We love what we do and who we do it for! 🙂

  2. Julie Bestry

    This is a great and thorough introduction to how Senior Move Managers work to support the entire process, from downsizing to moving to setting up the new space. I’m sure this will be enlightening for many prospective clients and their families.

    • Nicole Ramer

      Thank you, Julie! I appreciate you sharing your thoughts. I’m committed to ensuring the seniors in my community have the resources they need to have less stressful transitions. 🙂


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