Blog April 2017


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Tips for Reducing Paper Clutter

Posted On: April 14, 2017

There are a million different items that someone could be saving. Sometimes it's something specific. In other cases, a person may save everything and anything. We understand that it is overwhelming. They don't know where to start in reducing the clutter. This takes time.

But there are alternatives in attempting to attack the entire mountain of stuff at once. Choose one group of items that take up a lot of space and that you feel will be easier to filter. We all want to see progress right away, and if you can remove large items it will create a noticeable difference. Just as long as that space is not filled with something else.

A reduction of newspapers is a smart place to begin. This is a frequently saved item that can pile up quickly. With the advent of the internet, newspapers, documents, books and other paper products may not seem relevant. But someone may not see it that way. Once the person adjusts their view, they realize the negative effects. Papers take an inordinate amount of time to organize, are a fire hazard, attract small insects that eat the fibers and eventually turn yellow if not properly stored.

Instead of removing the entire "collection" of papers at once, here are some ideas to make the process a little less overwhelming. Be sure to complement these points with a home organizing service such as Island Transitions.

Remove duplicate copies

The first action to take for reducing papers is to part with duplicate copies. People will sometimes grab and take home anywhere from one to several extra copies of a newspaper or other periodical. Especially if it is free. You may only need one article in the entire publication. If that is the case, pull out the one article and discard the rest of the papers.

Read the publication or article

In many cases, papers are saved only because they have not been read yet. Herein lies an answer. Set aside time to actually read the articles, maybe a few hours a week. Chances are that a large percentage of information is irrelevant. Either way, reading is fundamental.

Organize by category

Everything should be about organization. Set separate piles for newspapers, magazines, bills, mail, receipts, notebooks, et al. As mentioned, papers can yellow over the years. Therefore, storage containers with contents labeled are a great solution. Now that the papers are off the floor and protected from moisture, going back to sort through them will not seem as tedious.

Never give up

The process will improve in a slow yet steady pace. With regular effort, you will see a difference in your home. Clutter takes up space, both physically and emotionally. You’ll feel better when the burden of clutter is removed. Consult with a professional Long Island organizer for further assistance. We can make your goal of an organized home a reality for you. Let’s get started!



I am a Seenager (senior teenager)

Posted On: April 14, 2017

This was sent to me from an 80-year-old friend living in Florida

I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 80 years later.
I don't have to go to school or work.
I get an allowance every month.
I have my own pad.
I don't have a curfew.
I have a driver's license and my own car.
I have ID that gets me into bars and the wine store. I like the wine store best.

The people I hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant, they aren’t scared of anything. They have been blessed to live this long, so why be scared?

And I don't have acne.

Life is good! Also, you will feel much more intelligent after reading this, if you are a Seenager.

Brains of older people are slow because they know so much. People do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains. Scientists believe this also makes you hard of hearing as it puts pressure on your inner ear. 

Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full, so too, do humans take longer to access information when their brains are full.

Also, older people often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for. It is NOT a memory problem, it is nature's way of making older people do more exercise.



Antique Roadshow at the Atria Hertlin Place

Posted On: April 14, 2017

On Saturday, April 2, 2016, Island Transitions and the Atria Hertlin Place in Ronkonkoma will host an exciting event. Local estate appraiser and antique expert, Irwin Natman, will evaluate any item for its current value that our participants bring in. We will have a delicious buffet and musical entertainment for your enjoyment. Call the Atria at 631-981-1880 to reserve your place.


African Travels

Posted On: April 14, 2017

One of the perks of being a Senior Move Manager is seeing lovely homes. I commented on the beautiful photos of African animals on my client’s wall. Rona said they were taken in Tanzania, when she and her husband were on a safari trip with friends they had met on a Mediterranean cruise. We packed her framed photos as well as travel journals, books and albums of her many exciting exotic trips.

Rona uses an electric scooter to get around and is cared for by 24 hour aides. She now resides in Florida in a one-floor condo, escaping the winter snow for permanent sunshine. Our staff truly enjoyed being around Rona and hearing the stories of her life and travels.


Later Life Moves

Posted On: April 14, 2017

I have had the distinct privilege of working with clients who have a vast knowledge of life and rich experiences. Getting to know Long Island elders in our community has been a blessing. They are honest and tell you what they are thinking, whether they are prompted to or not! I have heard tales of children, spouses and the challenges they have faced. It humbles me to witness their strength and courage amidst the struggle of moving from a lovely old home. It is common for our clients who have 40-60 year old children, to finally be moving out of the home where they raised their children. The emotions surrounding the move are usually more upsetting than the boxes or decisions that need to be made.

Some clients are feeling the loss of their independence as well as grieving the loss of a spouse, family member or friend, while others are fearful of the changes that the future will bring. Many of our clients are dealing with declining health, financial struggles, and legal issues in regards to selling their home as well as the cost of their new living quarters. These are some of the complexities involved in a later life move. Aging is not for the faint of heart. As a Senior Move Manager, it is my honor to serve these individuals in their time of need.


How to Move..Magically!

Posted On: April 12, 2017

In psychology, magical thinking refers to the belief that one’s thoughts can make things happen, or that thinking something is the same as doing it. Margit Novack explores this further in her blog, titled "Moving With Magical Thinking."