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

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Anney’s Closet on CBC

Anney’s Closet is a project that improves the lives of girls and women in Victoria by connecting people who have too much with people who have too little.beth n patty

Using household items donated by downsizing seniors, friends of Soroptimists, and other donors, we’ve created a “free store” in a storage locker kindly donated by West Shore U-Lock.

Girls and women who are referred to us from  advocates at our partner social service agencies have the opportunity to select items from Anney’s Closet that will transform their new apartments into functional and comfortable homes.

Volunteers work to sort and arrange donated items in the Closet, build relationships with social agencies and the community,  and help the visitors pick out items for their new home.

I was interviewed this week by Jo-Ann Roberts on her show All Points West on CBC. It was a great chance to spread the word about this amazing project. Click here to listen to the interview.

Downsizing Tips for Seniors

patI love talking about downsizing. Luckily, it’s a topic that seniors area really interested in so I usually have a captive audience. This week I was interviewed by “This Week in Real Estate” and it was all about downsizing.

The radio interview is posted on their blog:

“If you’re interested in taking the stress out of downsizing, then invest 20 minutes to listen to This Week in Real Estate where host Nick Jaworski interviews guest Patrick Fagan from Act Together Moving about moving services available for seniors in the Greater Vancouver area.” Click here to listen

Deciding Where to Move

Anney-smallBy Anney Ardiel
Move Manager, Act Together Moving Services

We’d all prefer to make major life decisions when in a calm and objective frame of mind rather than making them when reacting to unexpected hurdles. If you know you’ll move in the next year, or know someone who will, follow this #1 rule when deciding to move.  Continue reading

Why Do We Need So Much Space?

Anney-smallBy Anney Ardiel
Move Manager, Act Together Moving Services

According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC), the average size of a Canadian house in 1945 was just over 800 square feet; in 1975, it was 1,075 square feet; and by 2000 it had almost tripled to 2,266 square feet.When we look at house sizes around the world, we see that our standards are ridiculously high here in Canada. In Japan, the average size of a home is 1,021 square feet–less than half the size of Canadian homes. People in the UK on average live in homes that are just under 1,000 square feet.  Continue reading