Category Archives: Moving and Downsizing


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

A+ Accreditation awarded to Designing Moves LLC

Recently the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) announced that Designing Moves LLC has been awarded the NASMM A+ Accreditation for a period of three years for its excellence in Senior Move Management operations and client services. “This accreditation decision … Continue reading

Circle of Service Awarded to Designing Moves LLC

  PRESS RELEASE         DESIGNING MOVES LLC Receives The National Association of Senior Move Managers Circle of Service Designation     CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – MARCH 17, 2014 –  DESIGNING MOVES LLC has been awarded the Circle of … Continue reading

Handling Seasons of Uncertainty

It seems that this long and very cold winter has brought on a season of uncertainty in my own life as well as in the lives of our clients.  We have a few clients waiting on construction to finish locally … Continue reading