Category Archives: Moving and Downsizing


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

A Visit Home

If you were home for the holidays to visit Mom and Dad, you may have noticed some changes.  They may seem fine on the phone, but a visit home often tells us things aren’t as good as we thought they … Continue reading

Resourceful Gift Giving

Resourceful Gift Giving Downsizing Tips from Designing Moves® LLC – Smart Moves for Seniors It’s the holiday season and Christmas gift giving is just around the corner!  I’d like to offer some solutions for you to downsize while enjoying your … Continue reading

Dismantling the Nest

After settling Mr. and Mrs. Jones into their new home, we made our way back to their former residence to continue liquidation of the items left behind. Often the most trivial things in this world grab my attention, and they … Continue reading

Should I Move or Downsize?

The thoughts have danced across your mind… “Should I really move? Maybe we should downsize? Some of this stuff just has to go?” Those thoughts are quickly pushed aside with the reality of seeing too much stuff to deal with. … Continue reading

Survey: Most Baby Boomers Lack a Plan to Care for Parents

The survey of 600 adults ages 45 to 65, conducted for the HomeInstead Senior Care network, also found: • 31% don’t know how many medications their parents take. • 34% don’t know whether their parents have a safe deposit box … Continue reading

Storing Collectibles; May Not Be a Good Idea

Tip from Kovels – June 2011 issue Storing collectibles now and hoping they’ll go up in value later may or may not be a good idea. Storing pottery, glass and metal in a dry attic or basement is usually OK, … Continue reading

A Life-or-Death Decision: Your Home by Scott Burns

A Life-or-Death Decision: Your Home By Scott Burns BOERNE, Texas—Most of the people in the room have gray or white hair. I count 24 when I arrive. At 70, it isn’t often that I lower the average age when I … Continue reading

Christine Smart Receives Certificate of Achievement in Aging Sensitivity Training from the National Association of Senior Move Managers

(Hinsdale, IL – February 1, 2011) — The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) announced today that Christine Smart of Designing Moves LLC, Marion, IA, has successfully completed NASMM’s “Old Like Me” Aging Sensitivity Intensive Training and has earned … Continue reading