Navigating Downsizing Support: Organizer or Move Manager?

In this video, we will discuss the types of
downsizing support available and tips on how to know who to call for what. 

If you’re considering a move and seeking professional assistance to tackle some tasks, you might be wondering which option is the best fit for your needs. In this blog, we’ll explore the two common choices for downsizing support: organizers and move managers. 

As a Downsizing Coach, I understand the confusion you may face when making this decision. My goal is to simplify the process for you by outlining the roles of these professionals and providing considerations for determining who to call and when during the downsizing journey.

Organizers: Tackling Chaos with Pragmatism

Organizers excel in bringing order to chaos, making it their life’s work to help clients establish systems that work for them over time. Whether it’s a one-time session or regular check-ins, organizers help keep you and your belongings in check. While they can be valuable for organizing your current space, their expertise may not extend to hiring movers, coordinating estate sales, or other move-specific tasks. In some cases, hiring an organizer after your move might be more advantageous.

Professional Move Managers: Seamlessly Transitioning to Your New Home

Unlike organizers, move managers prioritize a seamless transition from one location to another, overseeing a range of tasks before and after the move. Their expertise lies in coordinating and executing relocation-related activities, including organizing, space planning, and home decor placement. Move managers are equipped with a different mindset and skill set compared to organizers and designers, as they are focused on managing the entire moving process.

Senior Move Managers® hold a special distinction within this category. They are members of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM), meeting strict guidelines for membership. This elite group not only understands the complexities of downsizing and relocating but also appreciates the unique challenges associated with late-life moves and transitioning to retirement community settings.

Deciding Who to Call: Matching Your Needs

To help you determine the best fit, consider the following guidelines:

  • Organizer: If you need assistance organizing your belongings with the intention of staying put.
  • Move Manager: If you seek a professional to coordinate and oversee your move from your current residence to your new home.
  • Senior Move Manager®: If you’re making a late-life move or transitioning from a long-time residence and need expert guidance to make the process manageable and less overwhelming.

Choosing between an organizer or move manager may initially seem overwhelming, but understanding their roles and matching their expertise with your specific needs will simplify the decision-making process. 


Whether you opt for an organizer or a move manager, it’s essential to find the perfect support system to make your downsizing journey seamless and stress-free. At Seniors Living Smarter, we specialize in late-life moves and downsizing-related tasks, and we are here to ensure your transition is smooth and successful. Reach out to us, and let’s embark on this exciting new chapter together!

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