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Organizing indoor projects during the cold winter season


January and February are great months to get “organized” indoors. Since the weather is cold in most of the country, it allows you time to get to those projects that have been on your list.


Digitizing Photos, Slides, VHS tapes

• Do you have shoe boxes, plastic tubs and albums full of photos? Create more space in your closets by reducing the bulk of tubs and albums and place those photos onto a DVD. One DVD can hold about 1,800 to 2,100 images.

• Remove photos from albums and arrange by 3 x 5, 4 x 6, 5 x 7 and 8 x10. Once you get a stack of about 1 ½ inches high rubber band them vertically and horizontally.

• Take pictures out of frames and donate the albums and frames.

• Slides take them out of the carousel and rubber band about a 2 inch stack. Recycle the carousel and cardboard case.

• Complete Relocation Solutions can have your photos, slides, VHS tapes digitized. Ask us about it.


check out Better Homes and Gardens on their ideas: click on link


• If you cannot park your car in the garage this season, it might be a good reason to organize the garage.

• Shelving can create a lot of space to put tools, paint, garden and yard equipment, shoes and boots.

• Hanging items from the ceiling creates space on the floor. Consider hanging bikes, folding chairs, leaf blowers from bike “type” hooks. Arrange all hanging so you don’t hit your head on the items. Consider back of garage in the middle.

• Use the walls of the garage to hang items such as: rakes, brooms, shovels, folding tables, recycling cloth bags, bungie cords, umbrellas, just to name a few.

• There is shelving that you can pull your car hood up to and under the shelving with shelves above if you truly need garage shelving space.

Life Documents

• As we have finished 2015 and preparing for tax season in April, one should shred all old documents from 2007 and older. • In a 3 ring binder one should compile all your personal information in case you get sick, in an accident and your spouse or loved ones need access to your records.

• What needs to be in this binder is: list of all medications, pharmacy name and phone number and location, list of doctors names and phone numbers with address and type of doctor, a video from your phone of the contents of your home, what items do you want to go to charity or to family members, of course living will, trust, power of attorney docs for medical and financial, list of insurance companies with policy numbers and agents name and phone number and more.

• Complete Relocation Solutions provides this service for you with your help. Ask us about this service.

Getting organized is time consuming, but when completed a sense of accomplishment. Take a little bit at a time and then reward yourself for accomplishing a chunk of the task. As a professional organizer, I do know how much time the above takes. I’ve personally been organizing my photos to be digitized for 8 months and I am down to my last two albums.

Rita Woll, Move Manager and Professional Organizer

Moving Boxes and Supplies


 Moving boxes and supplies

One has many options on boxes and packing materials.

If you contract a professional moving company to move your household items, they can also pack you. When a quote is give and have asked to pack as well, boxes and supplies are included in the quote.

If you are a self- packer, you could ask the moving company to purchase boxes and supplies you might need. You can also go to U-Haul, Home Depot or Lowes and purchase boxes and packing supplies in a hurry. Remember, you always need more boxes and supplies then you think you need. Don't be stingy on using newspaper print or bubble wrap because you want to prevent items in the box from shifting. If you pack yourself and hire a professional moving company to transport the household goods, it is solely the packer's responsibility if an item! is broken.

Recommendation to self -packers to use plain newspaper print not the daily newspaper because the ink from the newspaper will get all over your hands and items. Might consider using the daily newspaper as buffer on the bottom of the box and in between items in the box to prevent items from bumping into one another. In addition, never recommend using boxes from the grocery store especially produce or meat boxes. Those boxes go from the fields, to loading docks and then a truck. The chances of having bugs (bed bugs) in a box is high. If you bring those boxes into your home the bugs hit your home now and go to the new location. Not good!

Check out renting plastic tubs in your area. Though if you fill the tubs with ceramic, china, or metal items it can become very heavy to lift, especially if you are moving yourself. Though the positive note of plastic tubs, it can be re-used many times. However, cardboard boxes can be cut down and in many cities there are many drop off locations for cardboard recycling.

Ordering boxes and supplies made easy and drop shipped to your front door: go to, click on service tab, click on moving supplies and scroll down to the URL. Click on URL which takes you to The site will provide a selection of how many rooms you are packing. Click on that selection and complete the rest. Packing materials of newspaper print, markers, tape are included with the package. If you place an order before 3PM one day your boxes should arrive two days later at your front door.

Packing and unpacking services: If you are overwhelmed, don't have the energy or time, our team can bring all the supplies and boxes needed, pack and if local move, we can unpack at the new location.


Rita Woll/ Move Manager and Professional Organizer

A Move: It's A Family Affair - Communication



A move is stressful enough whether it’s moving an aging parent, corporate relocation, or moving your child to college. Everyone has their own timing, method of organizing or not, waiting till the last minute and the burden of decisions on others shoulders.


My last several moves were with healthy parents, aging parents and corporate relocation. So many decisions were not discussed with family members and many of the decisions were on one person’s shoulders. As I learned from their experiences, that it is definitely a family dynamics of conversations and ideas way before a move is considered.


Each family especially with moving a parent whether they are healthy or not need to discuss these very important points.


  1. If the parent is moving should they live by one of their children?
  2. Considerations on city, will they be driving, or which adult child live near (reasons: grandchildren, power of attorney, weather, cost of living more adaptable)?
  3. Discussing taking the parent out of the home and community of 30 to 50 years. The aging parent’s fear of starting all over again, not having any friends at the new location, losing independence, fear that it’s their last home and where they will die, and the resentment of giving up “their stuff” to live in a smaller place, plus more.
  4. Should or could the parent live with the adult children? (Mother n law’s apt, apt garage, a room in the house)?
  5. What requests of the parent from the adult children and visa versa? (Babysitting for grandchildren, help pay rent, help cook or buy groceries)?
  6. If the parent is moving out of their family home will the parent pay for the moving costs or will the adult children help?
  7. Maybe the adult children have mentioned it to the parent(s) to move but it’s been an uneasy topic. How to approach the topic without angry and ill feelings.
  8. If the parent is moving, how much de-cluttering and downsizing will they have to do? Who will help with that process? Sometimes it’s left to the adult child locally and it becomes too much for them to handle. (angry and resentment sets in with no help from out of town siblings).
  9. Conversations on letting go of those sentimental items that represented a “family history” but take up room and clutter in the new place and  clutter in their thoughts. Discussions on “the stuff” letting objects, cards, and paper go? What are other solutions?

These are just a few of the many thought provoking discussions a family should communicate together. As a senior move manager we observe and get involved in the mix of this confrontation on a daily basis. From our experience we highly recommend a master plan for discussing any and all moves. Usually one person has to be the leader to bring up sensitive points and issues within the family. Some families don’t have that person and that is when a mediator, experienced senior move manager, social worker, coach, or advisor needs to step in and lead the family to a proactive and positive discussion so the end result is happiness, joy and good health. Especially having those tough discussions on money.


As a side note: Individuals I have moved over the years from 74 to 98 years old, always mention after the move they wished they made the decision earlier.  The process was the hard .

Rita Woll, Senior Move Manager

There are several reasons you will need our services:

  • Passing of a family member or friend.
  • Final household clean-outs and gettng the house ready for the real estate market. Act as project manager for home renovations.
  • Home staging for active real estate showings.
  • Moving – Just packing or just unpacking at the new location.
  • Moving or downsizing an aging senior parent to independent, assisted living, or long term care.
  • Want to keep your aging senior parent in their home? "Age in Place". Re-organize and de-clutter. Safety is an issue.
  • Remodeling or Redecorating – packing breakables and clean and polish while unpacking.
  • Just organizing need for an extra pair of hands to help.
  • Divorce or separation.
  • Corporate employee transfers and relocations. No downtime for the employee relocation. Getting settled immediately.
  • Digitzing documents, photos, VHS tapes, slides. Preserving the memories.