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40 or 50 years, getting rid of things accumulated over decades is a huge obstacle. Thomas’s job can be crucial by helping people through the emotional process of letting go as well as developing a step-by-step plan for proceeding through the project.

“When someone is downsizing, some pretty tough decisions have to be made about what stays and what goes,” she says. “By breaking down the work into manageable steps, my clients feel less overwhelmed. Plus tackling one closet, one drawer, one room at a time gives them time to reflect on their possessions and what they represent. It’s a process, and that process can’t be rushed.”

Once Thomas has helped the client sort through their things, arrangements are made for the disposal of unwanted items through auction, consignment, donation, or a combination of all three. Some items are tossed, of course.

Advantages of using Smooth Transitions®

Smooth Transitions® tailors its service to each client’s individual needs and preferences, providing as much or as little as required. From beginning to the end, the company reduces the stress and chaos associated with a move. It has significant expertise in resources and approaches that save money and produce quality results.

Smooth Transitions® is a member of National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM), a membership organization committed to programs and expertise related to senior move management, transition and relocation issues affecting older adults. Smooth Transitions® was reviewed for insurance and experience requirements prior to acceptance into the organization, and adheres to its code of ethics and standards of practice.

Thomas was trained by Smooth Transitions® founder Barbara Morris, who is also one of the founding members of NASMM. Smooth Transitions® of Central Kentucky is one of 60 Smooth Transitions® operations nationwide, with licensees also in  New Zealand.  www.movingforseniors.com

Besides working with seniors and family members, Smooth Transitions® provides services for bank and trust officers, attorneys, social service and health care providers, realtors, and senior living communities. The company can also provide services for families of any age.


One of the first tasks Thomas undertook for Combs was to create a floor plan of her new apartment at Mayfair Village in Lexington. “Anne had certain furniture pieces she knew she wanted to take with her. Because the apartment was small, I wanted to ensure that everything fit and was attractive, as well as not be overcrowded and therefore safe.”

Thomas sorts, packs and unpacks. She will even call the cable company, change utilities and have mail forwarded. She works with out-of-town family members who may want items shipped to them. If a client is moving long distance, she will partner with another senior move manager on the other end. If a senior wishes to age-in-place, Thomas will declutter and organize the home for convenience and safety.

One of the final tasks she arranged for Combs was hiring a company to do a thorough cleaning of the emptied house.

Letting Go

Moving is stressful at any age, but for those who have lived in one place for 30,

When Anne Combs decided to downsize from her home of 64 years, she knew she wasn’t physically able do it on her own. Her two daughters were more than willing to help, however, one lived and worked in Cincinnati and the other, though living in Lexington, had a busy job and other family obligations. Moving and downsizing was going to be overwhelming for all three of them.

Because time, distance and capability were huge hurdles, they hired Susan Thomas, a senior move manager and owner of Smooth Transitions® of Central Kentucky. Senior moves managers  specialize in helping older adults and their families downsize and move to a new residence.

When seniors and their families bring on this type of professional, it can prove to be a big time saver and a stress reducer. A senior move manager is a project manager, orchestrating and overseeing all aspects of the work to be done.

What does Smooth Transitions® do?

As a senior move manager, Thomas typically does what the senior and family can’t or doesn’t have time to do. She specializes in handling the details of moving, household downsizing and disposing of unwanted items. Whether finding the right movers for the job or arranging donations, Thomas provides services that encompass everything from space planning to post-move support.

Contact Susan Thomas for a free consultation.

Tel: 859-447-4853

Email: susan@smoothtransitionsCKY.com

Web:  www.smoothtransitionsCKY.com