Category Archives: Moving and Downsizing


A Visit Home

NOTE: This article has been posted before. We felt it was an appropriate time to update it to reflect changing trends and post the new, improved model. Enjoy! If you were home for the holidays to visit Mom and Dad, … Continue reading

NASMM celebrates Certified Senior Move Managers during National Recognition Week, May 8 – 14, 2016

The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) has declared May 8-14, 2016 National Senior Move Managers Week. During this recognition week, NASMM is proud to recognize Christine Smart as a Senior Move Manager~Certified (SMM~C). The SMM~C designation is the … Continue reading

Christine Smart earns NASMM@Home Specialist Designation

 In conjunction with the National Association of Senior Move Managers aging in place initiative, NASMM@HOME, CHRISTINE SMART earned the NASMM@HOME Specialist designation at NASMM’s recent 2016 Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX. “Extensive research indicates future generations of older adults, … Continue reading

Help! I Need to Clean out Mom’s House

…..and I live out of state!  This scenario is becoming more common with a growing trend of older adults who have lived in their homes for decades and their children and grandchildren now live out of state. The good news … Continue reading

Why should anyone care about our Accreditation? (Or… What’s in it for me?)

Many of our clients don’t know about our NASMM A+ Accreditation.  We are pretty modest folks, but we really should brag about being accredited, and especially about what it means to our clients. To become accredited Designing Moves LLC had … Continue reading

Move For Hunger Food Drive

More than one in eight people in Iowa struggle with hunger. One in five of those are children. You can help. Designing Moves LLC and Hawkeye Moving Services, Inc. are working together to collect non-perishable food items. Collection boxes can … Continue reading

Really Helping Mom and Dad with their Move

In the six years we have helped people move and downsize we have a seen a variety of family dynamics. Thus, this article has been weaving itself together for quite some time in my head. Sometimes the most well-meaning offspring … Continue reading

Resourceful Gift Giving

Resourceful Gift Giving Downsizing Tips from Designing Moves® LLC – Smart Moves for Seniors Note: This was originally posted last year, but it is still appropriate this year! It’s the holiday season and Christmas gift giving is just around the … Continue reading

What’s in the Basement?

Downsizing Tips from Designing Moves® LLC – Smart Moves for Seniors The leaves are just beginning to fall from the trees, and that tells us that summer is almost over!  If you are preparing for a move, this is a … Continue reading

Facing the Fear of Downsizing

I was recently contacted by a writer from national newspaper who was looking for people to talk to who had downsized.  The journalist wanted a pulse on the regrets, the advantages, stories that would help others as they face downsizing … Continue reading