Joan Barboza had a pretty nice apartment with a large window offering a ring-side seat to the world, including the comings and goings of birds that flocked to the evergreen tree just beyond the window. But, when another tenant in the senior housing complex in Providence, RI, mentioned that an apartment with even greater views was available, she jumped at the chance to move.
Another plus: the new digs were on the first floor and she’d no longer have to climb stairs. Looking at her belongings, though, she said, “I was overwhelmed.”
“Seniors often feel that way,” said the movers Jacksonville, Fl., who recommend folks get their hands on a copy of “Moving for Seniors: A Step-by-Step Workbook.”
The spiral bound book is a guide for seniors and their adult children to help those in the moving process, said Barbara Harris, author, who launched Smooth Transitions, a household downsizing and estate dispersal business in 1995 (see previous blog post).
Simple Transitions is about making a move less traumatic for everyone. Services offered include: sorting, packing, coordinating the move, unpacking and arranging the new living space. Additional services include getting items shipped and arrangements for disposing of unwanted items. “It takes a lot of pressure off the senior and any adult children.”
The workbook, complete with illustrations, offers charts, lists, and “what to with stuff accumulated over a lifetime” in an easy-to-read format, said Morris. She added that some folks have some 30-, 40-, or 50-years of accumulated stuff, which she refers to as a “lifetime of treasures.”
Those who’ve used the workbook have said it offers “good suggestions” and a “systematic approach.”
“I wish I had the book before I moved,” said Barboza, who said she was enjoying new views but was still exhausted weeks after moving.
The movers Jacksonville, Fl., said the book is invaluable for anyone facing a move. To order the $16 workbook, visit: www.movingforseniors.com.
Summer events are still in full swing in St. Augustine, including one sure to knock your socks off!
Give your tired feet a treat and relax with Raindrop Therapy. Ah, that sounds like heaven! said the movers Jacksonville, Fl.
Inspired by the Lakota Indians, Raindrop Therapy uses therapeutic oils to rejuvenate the mind and body, including your tired, aching feet. When applied properly, the essential oils can bring about electrical alignment and help relieve a variety of discomforts caused by imbalances in the body. This event takes place Aug. 7, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Anastasia Island Branch Library, 124 Sea Grove Main St.
Weekdays through Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., take in the exhibit: Big Cats and Wolves at the Cultural Center in Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way, said the movers Jacksonville, Fl. This kid-friendly exhibit features life-size paintings of wildlife by artist Diane Travis. The St. Augustine resident studied cats in Kenya and is an experienced cartographer and draftsman.
Also on tap every day of the week except Monday is the St. Augustine Art Association’s 5th annual Nature & Wildlife Exhibit. Explore nature in all its beautiful forms. The exhibit is free. For more information, call 904-824-2310. The gallery, situated at 22 Marine St., is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Take a full-moon beach stroll Aug. 10. For all ages, the stroll will be led by a park ranger from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Learn the effects of the moon on the tidal ecosystem. Registration required. Call 386-517-2086. Remember to bring a camera for some unique lunar pictures, said the movers Jacksonville, Fl.
The movers Jacksonville, Fl., aren’t surprised when it comes to what kind of belongings customers relocate to new homes, including large, vintage pieces that previously came from across the Atlantic, as well as industrial pieces and the smaller, charming and offbeat ones.
For them, this treasure trove of the ordinary and not-so-ordinary includes, but is not limited to, a mid-20th Century inlaid desk, eight-foot tall heirloom hutches, grand pianos, travel trunks, statues, funky-patterned rugs, cashmere curtains, gilt-wood mirrors, antique finials, resin tables, crystal, hand-blown vases, terra cotta pots, chandeliers, one-of-a-kind art, doors, tortoise tank, a six-foot tall, plush giraffe and even a Louis XVI chair.
“We move the usual large and small household items and furniture mixed in with a mélange of stuff from different periods,” said the movers Jacksonville, Fl.
No matter what the item or its value, the movers treat each and every item with care.
“That’s our primary goal,” they said, adding that, while you can save money and buy your own packing supplies and pack yourself, play it safe and choose the proper packing supplies. They offer professional packing services for all belongings, especially fragile goods.
No one wants to move and open a box to find broken dishes or discover that treasured furniture is scratched.
If you opt to have the moving company pack for you, they will arrive at your home with all the right packing materials.
“Attention to detail is essential to ensuring that your belongings arrive safe,” said the movers Jacksonville, Fl.
Written by: Patricia A. Russell
So, let the decluttering begin!
That’s what my nephew’s wife wrote on her Facebook page. Of course, if you’re in the Army, as is my nephew, pulling up stakes and moving goes with the territory. With each move, this family gets rid of clutter. Staying organized is important to them. One thing they’ve discovered: double-duty furniture.
Today’s furniture is designed for versatility and functionality, said the movers Jacksonville, Fl.
Take coffee tables that lift up to create a workspace. Designed with hinges, these modern tables lift up so you can prop up a laptop computer. Voila! An instant mini office. Coffee tables with two shelves help corral magazines and books on the lower level. The top shelf can either stay clear or be used to display decorative items such as a dish, vase or a tray, a popular choice nowadays.
Choose end tables with draws, a good spot to put TV remotes and keep them out of sight. Benches and ottomans are great for organization, too. Benches, especially, are useful as they can serve a purpose in most any room and just about anything can be stored in them, including toys, towels, bed linens, extra blankets and throws – even office supplies, said the movers Jacksonville, Fl.
Beds with drawers under the mattress and box spring are useful, too, as well as night stands with drawers or shelves.
If you have a front entryway, choose a small table with a drawer where you can put a set of keys – not only a great storage solution but you’ll never lose your keys again. That kind of organization keeps you sane. Losing keys is a nightmare.
Remember school lockers – the place to store books and other stuff?
Modular lockers — white or bright red or in a variety of wood-tone choices — are touted as family lockers, said the movers Jacksonville, Fl.
Most towns and cities have playgrounds, but can they boast that they have a carousel? In the nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine, there is a unique-looking carousel, said the movers Jacksonville, Fl.
With 20 gaily painted horses that go up and down and two chariots, the J&S Carousel plays music reminiscent of old-time circuses and country fairs. Built in 1927, it was known as a C.W. Parker Carousel and bought by Ringling Brothers Circus performer Gerald Soules. After his death, his brother, James, inherited the carousel. To honor his brother’s memory, he decided to “keep it going” for children and the young-at-heart. Except for a short hiatus to make some repairs — Soules does all painting and repairing of the carousel—it has made its home at 180 San Marco Ave. since 1992. The carousel, which features its own ticket booth, charges one dollar per rider. “It’ll always be a dollar,” said Soules in a recent phone interview.
Situated across the street from St. John’s County Public Library, the carousel is housed inside Davenport Park, a fully handicapped-accessible park that includes a climbing structure, swings and slides, as well as a picnic area, said the movers Jacksonville, Fl.
J&S Carousel is open year-round, seven days a week. Hours of operation are: Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m to10 p.m.
This is a great place to bring youngsters and, last but not least, the entire park is fully enclosed.
You’re never too old to ride the carousel, said the movers Jacksonville, Fl.