Sorting through a Life-time of Memories

Declutter & Downsize

Moving is a high-stress life event . Finding the time and energy to tackle the organizing, packing, discarding, cleaning, paperwork and the myriad of other tasks is a major challenge! When you're older and moving from the family home to a new smaller residence, possibly in a new community or your adult child's home, sorting through decades of family history and possessions can feel overwhelming—even paralyzing.

Let the Transition Network Help!

"When we really delve into the reasons for why we can't let some things go, there are only two: An attachment to the past or a fear for the future."

Packing and purging

We've been helping people downsize for years and have developed a tried and true process to keep us on track and on task.  If you are doing it yourself, helping a loved one or hiring a professional, we want to share with you our best tips and tricks to make it as easy, organized and stress-free as possible.

Start with the Paper

Start with the Paper.

Documents are the most personal and tedious things to go through and require homeowner involvement. We go room to room and into each cupboard and dresser to find ALL the papers and sort them into 6 boxes. Later, the client can sift through the paperwork and decide what to keep and what to shred. (we even leave you with a shredder)

Medical / What I have / What I owe /  Personal Letters & Cards/ Manuals / Miscellaneous.

Decide on Large Furniture

Decide on Large Furniture.

We make a layout of your future home and carefully measure your furniture to ensure it will fit. We decide what large pieces of furniture to keep!

Identify & Pack

Pack the Things You NEED.

We label each box carefully so you know where it goes and what's inside. These are the categories that we use to help keep you focused and organized

  • Important Paper / Documents
  • Furniture
  • Tools
  • Dishes / Cooking /Baking
  • Small Appliances
  • Electronics & Entertainment
  • Linens
  • Clothes
  • Tools
  • Health & Safety
  • Seasonal & Holiday
Purge & Edit

Edit the Things you LOVE.

We help the emotional process of letting go and honour each items memory.  If it is too difficult to let go, we collect these items into similar boxes and place them in a storage container....sometimes they are easier to go through after the move.

  • Pictures / Albums
  • Collections
  • Personal Memorabilia
  • Hobby / Activity Equipment
  • Room Decor
Identify & Sell

Sell Items of Value to Help Pay for expenses

  • We coordinate online estate auctions (Maxsold)
  • We coordinate furniture delivery to consignment stores
  • We sell items online (Facebook Marketplace, Kijiji)
  • We help organize garage sales

Recycle & Donate

Recycle Responsibly & Donate to Charities that Help Others

  • We donate to charities that help others
  • We shred personal douments
  • We dispose of chemicals, eletronics, batteries, paint in environmentally friendly manner

I don't know what I would have done without Mary from The Transition Network. She helped my mom pack her house and sort through 30 years of "stuff" in just 2 weeks. With a house full of busy teenagers, a demanding job and living 150 kilometres away, the same task would have taken me a year to accomplish! Mary and my mom got along famously! She was patient and methodical in her process. Kind and ruthless which my mom needed. At the end of the transition, my mom said she felt "lighter" and had just what she needed.