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Facts and Figures of Maintaining a Home

 Posted by Brian Murray on July 6, 2017 at 11:35 AM
During a Home Transition, there are many costs to consider.  For most Americans, their home is their largest asset, and also their largest expense. There are many nuances that factor into a late-life move, and many times families find themselves overwhelmed and short on time and resources. Hiring a professional to guide and plan the process not only eliminates stress, but eliminates expense and allows the family to take advantage of their large a...

CT by the Numbers

 Posted by Brian Murray on June 30, 2017 at 4:55 PM

Certified, Trusted, Trained, and Insured

 Posted by Brian Murray on June 5, 2017 at 2:53 PM
In the unregulated industries of senior relocation, move management and estate sale, Caring Transitions® has remained the industry leader for over a decade. ESSENTIAL CERTIFICATIONWithin the developing field of senior relocation services, one certification program led the way and has been recognized longer than any other.The certified relocation & transition specialist (CRTS®) credential is more than a certificate or membership program. ...

Caring Resources for Moving Mom and Dad

 Posted by Brian Murray on May 24, 2017 at 10:59 AM
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are over 34 million unpaid caregivers providing care for family members who suffer from illness or disability. Those caregivers must often seek additional support in the form of qualified third party providers. Caregivers who support aging parents may find the following information helpful when making those choices. Housing Resources: The U.S. Government provides...

Decluttering: How to “Let it Go!”

 Posted by Brian Murray on May 5, 2017 at 2:20 PM

Decluttering: How to “Let it Go!”

At Caring Transitions, we believe “Rightsizing is the art of downsizing with a purpose™”

When you “rightsize” before you move to a new residence, your entire move will progress more smoothly. Your new home will be less cluttered and your current home is more likely to sell.

The point of Rightsizing is to create a new living environment that reflects a meaningful, comfortable lifestyle for the years ahead. Personal possessions that have purpose and meaning are honored and preserved for the new home, while those that have lost their purpose or meaning are respectfully disposed of via sale or donation.

The steps to effective Rightsizing are as follows:

  • Determine the space requirements (via floor plan) for the new residence.
  • Decide what items are actually NEEDED for living safely or comfortably. This includes necessary items such as a bed, place for clothes, eating utensils, and so forth.
  • Add items that we LOVE to the space plan. These are meaningful items that define us as individuals.
  • Choose from what we WANT from the remaining possessions and decide which are most important. Make sure they will fit into the space plan.
  • Review and revise the space plan as necessary.
  • Establish action for selling items of monetary value, gifting those of sentimental value, then donating or disposing of the rest.

The following is a list of items to typically “let go” when you are Rightsizing.

  • Dispose of broken, outdated electronics
  • Reduce items that have too many “multiples.” For example, if you have four 1-quart casserole dishes, release 3. If you have 6 umbrellas, release 4. If you have 3 pair of worn out red wool gloves, you may choose to release them all!
  • Get rid of things that belong to others. For instance, your 40-year old son’s high school project or the heirloom desk you agreed to store for your cousin…10 years ago.
  • Release items you have kept out of guilt or fear. For example, you may have that box of multi-colored knitted scarves that you never wore, but your grandma made, so you just cannot bring yourself to let them go. Now is the time.  Or perhaps you are afraid your neighbor will notice the ant-shaped napkin holder she gave you 15 years ago is now included in the garage sale. In that situation you may wish to donate it instead, but either way, let it go.
  • Finally, donate all the cloths, shoes and coats that never fit, don’t fit or have simply been taking up space for years.
  • Find out of that “special collection” was really worth all the time and energy you once put into it and place it on the market.
  • Sort the linen closet and get rid of everything that doesn’t match, is worn or stained.
  • Give up the many books and magazines that you haven’ read in ages.  In most cases you can rely on digital options or the good old-fashioned library if you ever really wish to read them again.
  • Dump your outdated spices.
  • Do the same with all that accumulated junk mail or newspaper and magazine clippings. Again, the internet provides easy access to all of that information should you ever decide you need it.
  • Find safe outlets for your outdated medications and over the counter products. Most police stations and pharmacies sponsor “take-back” programs.
  • If moving to an apartment or condo, it’s time to sell or donate your lawn , garden and home maintenance items
  • Dump the entire contents of the “junk drawer” (none of it is worth paying a mover to move it!). Keep the car keys and money of course!
  • Reduce your inventory of seasonal décor items.  Try to keep only those that are space efficient or have tremendous sentimental value.

Sometimes “rightsizing” is easier said than done and in those instances, our professional staff is here to help; coast to coast!

Move Simply Program by Caring Transitions®

 Posted by Brian Murray on May 2, 2017 at 1:30 PM
As the nation’s most trusted resource for more than a decade, Caring Transitions® takes the stress out of moving. Whether you plan to relocate today or tomorrow, our “Move Simply” program supports you with downsizing, decluttering, packing, unpacking and move-in assistance, PLUS  advice on  home sale, estate sale and more!Whether you are moving today or tomorrow, Caring Transitions® begins your move with a free consultation. During...

Managing Your Move

 Posted by Brian Murray on April 25, 2017 at 12:25 PM
Once you’ve made a decision to take charge of your own health, safety or social needs by moving to a Senior Living Community,   1. Prepare in Advance Whether choosing to move now or later, you should start putting your home in order today. Begin by evaluating what you really need to keep and then start to downsize, clear out clutter, plan an Estate Sale or make major home repairs. It is a proven fact that homes will sell for a higher p...

Win a $100 Gift Card to the Container Store!

 Posted by Brian Murray on April 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Do you consider yourself clean and organized? Or are you one of those people that cleans AROUND your clutter?We want to hear from you. Answer our one question about what Spring Cleaning looks like in your house and you'll be entered to win! Share the contest and you'll receive even more entries!https://p.antavo.com/f/Ep8/

What To Do With It All

 Posted by Brian Murray on March 23, 2017 at 4:09 PM
Possessions can gather up in your life, especially when you have kids. You may look around and find yourself waist-deep in clutter. But while you dream about a clean and orderly home, the downsizing process can feel daunting when you have an entire house to go through. Where do you even start? How do you avoid the heartache of accidentally parting with some of your memories? If you take a look at these five tips below, you may find your dow...

6 Reasons Attorneys & Guardians Partner with Caring Transitions

 Posted by Brian Murray on March 15, 2017 at 11:28 AM
6 Reasons Attorneys & Guardians Partner with Caring TransitionsIf you are seeking a market advantage this year, look no further. Add Caring Transitions, the nation’s largest and most trusted personal property liquidation resource to your team.   Here are 6 reasons why our partners have an advantage! 1. To help manage personal property liquidation. Many adults are overwhelmed by the thought of clearing the family home a...
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