Start with This Checklist

Start with This Checklist

Sometimes a move is planned well in advance and sometimes moving is sprung upon us.

Printable Household Contents Checklist

Printable Household Contents Checklist

Either way, this checklist will organize your move room by room and help you wrap your mind around what you plan to keep. Print yours to start planning your move!

This is also a great tool for communicating with your move helpers so they understand your wishes. Even with the best of intentions, when family “takes over” the intentions of the person moving can get lost in all the discussions and planning. Continue reading


Address Change Checklist

Even in this virtual world, we still have to update our address when we move. This printable list of possible address changes will keep you organized as you complete your move preparation.

Step 1: Buy Mail Forwarding by Canada Post product_mail_forwarding_img_lg

Purchase Mail Forwarding at least a month before moving. You can buy  4 months of forwarding for $67.55. Mail Forwarding ensures tax receipts, government forms, bank statements and bills don’t go astray right after you move.
You can even buy it for another person (including a deceased person)
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Visualize Your Way to a Successful Move Day

By Anney Ardiel, Certified Professional Consultant on Aging and owner of Act Together Moving Services

If you are struggling to face a coming move and dreading the future in your new home, visualization exercises can help you stop imagining the worst and start focusing on the outcome you desire: a smooth, stress-free Continue reading

Top 5 Last Minute Gifts for the Senior Who Has Everything

Written by Emily Fagan

Whether they’re your parent, grandparent, or even great uncle, there comes a certain point where you simply run out of present ideas for the seniors in your life, and unlike your younger days, hastily crafted “original artwork” doesn’t really cut it anymore. So here’s some downsizing-friendly presents that are sure to bring Christmas cheer year-round: Continue reading

Helping a Family Member to Move: Tips to Make It Better

We are constantly inspired by our clients.
They have lived through wars, depressions, revolutions and personal loss. When I say downsizing isn’t for wimps, I’m talking about this tough generation.
But when faced with having to give up personal treasures, collections and mementos from the past, even the toughest person can break down. Not only the sheer volume of stuff that needs to be dealt with can be terrifying, but the physical task of sorting, boxing things up and hauling them away is impossible to fathom.


Emotional Drain
Then add in the emotional drain of losing everything they hold dear, piece by piece. Each personal item might hold heavy meaning that hasn’t been fully processed, or reinforce a past loss, or remind them of their failing health.
It’s common for us to see adult children get frustrated by their parent’s behavior during the downsizing process. It is often a struggle for family members to remain patient during this process and emotions can run high.

This Might Help
If you are helping someone to downsize, here are some ideas that might help when your frustration starts to bubble over.
  • Reflect on how this process is impacting your own sense of loss and identity, so that you can stay aware of your reactions. This might help you to remain calm and supportive rather than adding to the emotional turmoil in the house.
  • Keep visits positive and upbeat, and remind your parents that you are on their team and that you want the best for them.
  • if you feel yourself getting to the boiling point, change the channel. Pop out to your car to “grab something” and make a quick phone call to a supportive friend. Declare break time and make a cup of tea. Do something to lift your own mood.
  • Keep “sorting sessions” to under two hours. Emotional fatigue that stems from too much decision-making can lead to someone saying something they might regret.
If all else fails, call in objective downsizing professionals like Act Together Moving Services to consult. We’re trained to make this process go smoothly, and almost everyone behaves better when there is a guest in the house!

September Newsletter: Take a Quiz

Lately I’m meeting quite a few people who feel overwhelmed trying to decide where to move. All the options that exist in Victoria can be truly dizzying.  What are the really important things to consider when it comes to choosing a new neighbourhood? You’ll find that your answers to the following questions will help you make a choice based on factors that really matter for your unique lifestyle. Let me know how it goes!

Where to Move Quiz 
This quick and easy quiz will help you determine what you’re looking for in a new neighbourhood. For each question, choose the answer that best describes you.

1.  Your ideal neighbourhood atmosphere is:

a)  Quiet and secluded

b)  On the periphery of town

c)   In a main hub with stores and a bus route

2. When you need to get somewhere, you:

a)  Drive yourself

b)  Have friends/family/volunteers for occasional driving

c)  Have no friend/family/volunteer rides

3. Your social activities can be described as:

A.  Constantly going on outings (meals out, attending group events and visiting family and friends)

B.  Going out a few times a week

C.  None

4. Your health situation means you:

a)  Frequently go to doctors, specialists, appointments or treatments

b)  Usually have only one appointment per week

c)  Usually have only one appointment per month

5. Do you have any pets?

a)  A dog or cat that you’re not giving up

b)  A dog or cat that you would consider having adopted

c)  No pets

6. Describe your church activities:

a)  Very active in a church

b)  Go occasionally

c)  Don’t go to church

7. Your mobility involves:

a)  Using a wheelchair

b)  Using a scooter or walker

c)  No mobility aides

8. Do you have any hobbies?

a)  You have a serious hobby

b)  You occasionally enjoy the hobby if it’s available

c)  You don’t have hobbies

9. Your sports and recreation habits include:

a)  Regular exercise

b)  Occasional exercise

c)  No exercise

10. Help at home includes:

a)  Personal or medical assistance on a daily basis

b)  Only occasional  personal or medical assistance

c)   No assistance

Write down each of the answers that you chose on a piece of paper. These are the things that you’ll want to discuss with family, your Realtor or retirement community staff so they are aware of your preferences.

I hope you find the right neighbourhood for you!

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