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Downsizing & Organizing

When you begin the process of downsizing and organizing you will first need a copy of the floor plan for your new apartment. The “Move In Coordinator” at your new Senior Community or apartment complex should be able to provide you with a floor plan of your new unit. Focus your initial thoughts on what furniture will fit and serve the most meaningful purpose at your new residence. This will help create a move plan that will determine into which room the movers will place each piece of furniture. Our “Senior Move Manager” will be happy to assist you with this process. The following pie chart will help you organize all of your belongs into:



  1. YOUR MOVE: These are the items and

       pieces of furniture that will move with you to

       your new residence. Universal Services can

       assist you with the placement of the furniture

       so that you can determine if it will all fit into

       your new home.

   2. FAMILY & FRIENDS: If you wish to give a family member a piece of furniture or         other family heirlooms, we can schedule an extra stop or ship these items                 anywhere in the country for you.

   3. SALES: After you have determined what furniture will go with you to your new           residence, Universal Services can make recommendations on the best way to         sell items that you no longer need. We have our own consignment shop that             will assist older adults who desire a safe and secure process of selling their             possessions.

   4. DONATE: If you decide to donate any of your belongings to a charitable                   organization of your choice, we can provide you with resources to these                   organizations that will be happy to accept your donations. Please inform your           Senior Move Manager so that we can schedule the delivery of these items to           the charity of your choice.

   5. DISPOSE OF: In the process of moving, there are often many items that just             need to be thrown away. We can arrange for a dumpster to be delivered to               your home if needed. If you use our downsizing crew to assist you in this                 process, they will be happy to sort through your possessions to determine               what has value and what can be tossed out.


Start by making a list of contacts who need to know about your change of address:

  • Family and Friends

  • Your Local Post Office

  • Municipal Water Company

  • Electric Company

  • Telephone Company

  • Cable and Internet Companies.


Then make a list of business contacts that need to know about your change of address:

  • Banks and other Financial Institutions

  • Household or Apartment Insurance Companies

  • Life Insurance or Investment Firms

  • Car loans or other Monthly Payments

  • Employers or IRS


Make a list of creditors not listed above:

  • Medical or Health Care Providers

  • Medical Doctors

  • Home Health Care Agencies

  • Dental

  • Vision

  • Local Pharmacy or Mail Order Drug Suppliers

Make a list of subscriptions you currently order:

  • Local Newspaper Deliveries

  • Magzines

  • Any Book clubs or membership based clubs like AAA

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Remember to contact your local faith based church or charity of choice to make any donations.
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