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The Move Makers Awarded Highest Distinction in Senior Move Management

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lake Oswego, Oregon — The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) has announced that The Move Makers has been awarded the NASMM A+ Accreditation for its excellence in the senior move management industry. Only 50 out of 950 member companies nationwide have achieved this distinction. The Move Makers is the only senior move management company in the northwest to earn A+ Accreditation.

“This accreditation decision represents the highest level of professional achievement that can be awarded to a senior move management company,” according to Mary Kay Buysee, NASMM’s Executive Director. “An organization receiving a three-year NASMM A+ Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process.” The Move Makers has demonstrated its commitment in assisting people with relocating their homes. Their team of experts reduce the stress of moving by providing services from the beginning of the move process to the finishing touches in setting up the new home.

The Move Makers assists clients with any or all of the tasks associated with moving; organizing, downsizing, planning, sorting, packing, unpacking and setting up a home. They can also provide space planning, interior design services, and arranging for the sale, donation and disposal of items no longer needed. Smaller services such as closet organizing are offered in addition to home accessibility evaluations to keep you safe after moving in. The Move Makers has been in operation for over five years and serves the greater Portland Metropolitan area. Their company values of excellence, consistency, integrity, versatility and vitality are evident in everything they do. For more information, see www.themovemakers.com.

Founded in 2002, NASMM is the leading membership organization for Senior Move Managers in the United States, Canada and abroad. NASMM is internationally-recognized for its innovative programs and expertise related to Senior Move Management, transition and relocation issues affecting older adults. Its Accreditation Commission is the independent, nonprofit accrediting body of the National Association of Senior Move Managers. For more information about the NASMM A+ Accreditation process, please visit the NASMM website at www.nasmm.org.

Downsizing Diaries: What Should I Do With My Old Luggage?

I treated myself to a small, sleek set of luggage this year, the type that rolls along on 4 wheels and weighs almost nothing. It was not an easy decision, since my old luggage is perfectly serviceable, though a bit frayed at the edges. Besides, it’s taken me and my family on countless adventures in the past 20 years or so. We have history. And that makes it hard to let go.

In the end, I made the purchase and now it’s time to say goodbye, and make room in my closet for the new additions.

What do I do with my old luggage?

Simplify your move with Color!

Color coding is one of our favorite strategies for simplifying moves. We love using color so much that we use this strategy on every move we organize (that’s a lot of stickies!). Let’s face it, moving everything you own is no small feat, especially if you are moving into a smaller space. Most often there are items that need to go to multiple destinations (such as your new home, a storeroom, the homes of family members, consignment shops and donation collection spots), as well as items that still need to be sorted and things that someone else needs to look at. By using color to visually sort your belongings, you can prepare for your move ahead of time and still leave everything in its place, which is so much less disruptive!

2015-06-11 Color KeyHere’s how to get started:

1. Gather your color coding supplies: Sticky notes, colored tape, yarn, tags, stickers or a combination of the above.

2. Set up a color “key” so that everyone will know what each color indicates. Make multiple copies of the key and post in various locations around the house.

3. Choose the categories you want to use. (Hint: Stick to 6 or less. Too many colors is just plain confusing!)

4. Begin with one room. See if you can mark absolutely everything in the room, moving in a circle around the room.

5. Adjust your color coding system if necessary, then continue to the next room and beyond!

Do you feel more in control of your move? Let us know! We love helping people simplify the process of moving.

 

3 Strategies That Will Reduce Your Stress As You Prepare To Move

 

Spring Into An Organized Move!

3 Strategies That Will Reduce Your Stress As You Prepare To Move

1) Focus on the important stuff first. 

Believe it or not, most people spend about 75% of their time and energy before a move sorting, moving and selling the items they don’t want, leaving the important items until last! We recommend beginning your project by sorting and packing what is most important to you (not the things you use every day…we’ll talk about what to do with those next time). Carefully label 2 sides of every box or bin and stack neatly with labels showing. This will give you peace of mind that the important things are taken care of when things heat up later.

 

2) Make a task list.

Sit down early in the process and write down every move-related task that’s on your mind, even the small ones. You can add to this list as you think of more things. We often use sticky notes on a wall to create a giant ‘Command Center’ for the move. Be creative! Emptying your head of all of the small details will dramatically reduce your worry and stress and allow you to keep the big picture in mind. Hint: It also lets others know what still needs to be done so they can be part of the process (see Tip #3 below).

 

3) Don’t be a task hog.

If you are lucky, friends and family will offer to help, so it’s smart to be prepared ahead of time. After you’ve written down all of the tasks (Tip #2), separate the tasks that absolutely must be tackled by you from the tasks that someone else can handle. When an offer of help presents itself, you will be ready! You can even offer helpers their choice of tasks. Hint: A reasonable task is something like “Deliver the stack of donations marked in blue to XYZ charity” or “pack the books on the shelves marked with green tape”. Avoid writing down tasks such as “sort and pack the garage”. These mega-tasks will make all but the most dedicated volunteer run for cover.

 

 

 

 

Project Kathryn

DESCRIBE YOUR PROJECT:

Downsize two storage units ( That I had for 15 years) to one and then help with a move when I lost motivation..

Are there any team members you would like to especially acknowledge?

Carolyn, of course, is special, teaching you new skills and attitudes as things get organized. I expected to have help disposal and storage issues but had no idea I was going to be coached through it so well. Jenny and Cindy are tidy, speedy and gentle movers…that is gentle to the person being moved.

Please provide any comments about our value:

Sometimes you just need a professional to lend a helping hand. MoveMakers will always be my helping hand with stressful projects for my home. Its like you have a good, dentist, good doctor, good hairdresser, you need a good organizer in your life.