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Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS

Certified Professional OrganizerŪ
Certified Relocation & Transition SpecialistŪ




(678) 513-6585

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Change of Address
Senior Move Specifics
Keys to a Successful Moving Day

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You can save money. You'll know what you already own, eliminating the need to buy duplicate items. A professional organizer can help you find the perfect organizing products for your space and lifestyle, so you stop wasting money on things you don't need or won't work.


You can become more productive and efficient. A professional organizer can create order and structure out of chaos. You'll receive systems that work for your dominant learning style, your lifestyle, your needs, your challenges, and your dreams.


You'll have a positive self-image and ditch the shame. Once your home or office is neat and tidy, you won't feel embarrassed to have guests visit. The guilt will fade away as you take pride in your surroundings.


You'll have a healthier environment. Physical and emotional clutter obscures your surroundings. An organized home and office is more easily cleaned. Lose the clutter and cut down on time spent moving piles of paper and stuff around.


Your stress level will decrease dramatically. When you can find what you need, are on top of your to-dos, and arrive on time, you'll feel calmer and have more peace of mind. No more feeling overwhelmed by life -- you'll be the one in control.


You'll discover more time for yourself. When you're organized, your days go as planned, and you get a lot more done. That leaves more time to indulge in a little "me time."


Your energy will shine. Clutter is a mask and a professional organizer can help you take off that mask. Once the clutter is removed, you can showcase your talents, skills, and personality and have the life you deserve.




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May 2014



May 11 marks the start of the National Senior Move Managers Week 2014. As a Certified Senior Move Manager, I thought this would be the perfect time to share some smart tips to make your next move the most efficient and organized move possible! Whether you're just starting out and moving into your first home or downsizing and moving to a senior community, these tips will work for you, regardless of your unique situation:

  • Close any current bank accounts that are not transferable and establish accounts at your new location. Be sure your old bank has your new address.
  • Discuss with your insurance agent how your insurance needs may change as a result of your move. Notify your insurance company of your new address.
  • Establish cut-off dates for all utilities and give them your forwarding address. This includes electricity, gas, electric, water, trash, cable, internet, telephone, etc. Arrange for utilities to be started in your new home so everything is working right away.
  • Obtain medical records from your doctor(s), dentist, veterinarian, etc. and make arrangements to have them sent directly to your new providers.
  • Arrange to have any regular home deliveries discontinued or transferred to your new address.
  • Most communities have strict requirements for disposing of items such as old paint, hazardous waste, appliances, etc. Review your options and arrange for these items to be recycled or disposed of properly. A great resource to explore how and where to dispose of these items is Earth911.

Continue reading through this newsletter for other helpful tips for your move. And please reach out to the team at Real Order if we can be of assistance with an upcoming move for you or a family member. 


Best wishes, 

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Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS

Real Order Professional Organizing, LLC
(678) 513-6585

Change of Address...


Complete a forwarding address form at the post office or fill it out online. Don't forget to send your address change to:

  • Family and friends
  • Magazines (they'll need four to six weeks' notice)
  • Credit card companies
  • Pension funds and investment firms
  • Professionals such as your CPA and attorney
  • The IRS, Social Security office, and government or military pension offices
  • Your workplace, schools, and Alma Mater
  • Associations or clubs
  • The Voter Registration Office and Department of Motor Vehicles

Senior Move Specifics


As a Certified Senior Move Manager, we're committed to assisting older adults and their families with later life transitions. We work with folks who want to simplify their lives and need effective organizing solutions to stay in their current home, or move to a new home. For those who are moving, we assist with sorting through a lifetime of memories, selling or donating unneeded items, floor plans, moving arrangements, packing, unpacking, setting up the new home, including hanging pictures - so it's move-in ready in no time!


There's so much more to a senior move than simply transporting items. These moves are often emotional. The magnitude of these transitions shouldn't be downplayed. We take into account the myriad of safety, ethical, and communication issues involved while working with older adults and their families. Recognizing and managing the stress of downsizing and relocating older adults is the hallmark of a Certified Senior Move Manager.


Adults who are 85+ are the fastest growing segment of the US population. At the same time, social changes - such as an increase of women working full time - have made it increasingly difficult for family caregivers to provide all the support required for these transitions. Senior Move Managers assist not only the older adults who are moving, but also their families, in all aspects of the downsizing and relocation process.


Keys to a Successful Moving Day


Keep careful records and receipts of all moving expenses. You may be able to deduct some of the expenses if your move is related to the start of work at a new location.


Use up as much food as possible in the weeks before you move. Give what you don't use to a food bank or to friends.


Plants don't move well. Consider giving what you can to a neighbor. Only keep those that are very special to you and that you're prepared to transport yourself.


Create a moving-day kit of must-have items including:

  • The moving company's telephone number
  • Cash - Don't forget to tip the movers - they work hard!
  • Papers related to the sale of your home
  • Insurance policies and agent's contact info
  • Medications
  • A couple sets of clothes for each family member
  • Valuable jewelry
  • Important personal records and documents
  • Anything you consider irreplaceable or priceless (i.e. an album of old family photos)
  • Back-up copies of all your computer files
  • Sheets and towels for the first night in your new home
  • Toiletries



"Many thanks again for the beautiful job your team did in setting up my mom's apartment. You would have been very gratified to see the expression on her face when she saw her bedroom and living room and then uttered one of the few remaining words left in her eroding vocabulary: "Fabulous! It is Fabulous!"  Interestingly, when she went to bed last night she asked me to open the closet door at the foot of her bed so she could just look at the order of everything. I think it gave her a sense of added security to see everything in its proper place. Thank you again for your support in this critical transition for my mother."

~ Cliff Johnson


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