BIZ Voice: Downsizing and de-cluttering


CK Boomers on the Move (CKBoM) has joined the National Association of Senior & Specialty Move Managers (NASMM).

But the end goal remains – to help seniors sort through a lifetime of accumulated items as they seek to downsize to retain their independence and/or remove clutter.

“Moving may not be the best decision for an older adult or aging family member right now,” officials with CKBoM said in a media release. “The could be due to personal choice, financial considerations, etc. but they may still desire a change. Later in life, our homes can often become cluttered with our ‘stuff’ and it’s natural to be overwhelmed by the daunting prospect of downsizing, de-cluttering, organization and discarding.”

Through NASMM@HOME, CKBoM helps older adults and their families with numerous downsizing and simplifying tasks in a current home.

The group also offers the same organizing techniques to those who are seeking to move.

By teaming up with NASMM, the local organization is bound by a pledge of integrity, NASMM executive direction Mary Kay Buysse said in a media release.

“They’re committed to best practices in client services, business operations, safety and ethics,” she said.

CKBoM was born out of need. Business partner and local realtor Cynthia Hiatt said the municipality is growing, and more than 26 per cent of those living here are over the age of 55. For many, the time has come to either move or purge their home of excess items.

It can be overwhelming and time consuming to undertake such a task. CKBoM can help take the load off. The group can set up appointments for movers, waste bins, auctioneers and more. They’ve got contacts with professionals in packaging as well.

“We create memories, not chaos,” Hiatt said.

To reach CKBoM, call 519-354-1836.

Myrtle Market’s decor stands out

Myrtle Flower Market earned top honours in the recent Crowfest storefront decor contest.

The shop, located on Llewellyn Street in downtown Chatham, earned top honours out of 25 entrants, thanks in no small part to Edgar Allan Crow, a human-sized mascot.

The flower market also created an outdoor photo booth of sorts, complete with Crow and other props, as well as hand-painted backdrops, which greeted customers as they entered the shop.

First prize was $1,000.

Pour Decisions on King Street West earned second place, showcasing a storewide scarecrow dinner party.

Taste by Tiff took home third prize for its storefront display, that featured an employee. She sat at a bistro table dressed as Dia de los Muertos costume waving to all the festival-goers as they walked by.

The health food restaurant is also located on King Street West.

Prem, another King Street shop, received an honourable mention for incorporating hand-carved black pumpkins as their mannequin heads and blinging out their crows with gold bracelets for necklaces.

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