Helping Seniors Downsize, Move

By Dan Ihara
Wednesday - August 31, 2011
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By Dan Ihara
CEO of Senior Move Managers

When we first began working with the Lums, they were overwhelmed. The stress took its toll as they lost weight and sleep over the seemingly insurmountable task of downsizing years of personal belongings. Our team worked according to their pace and was at their side almost daily. We helped them downsize, and in a few weeks all their personal items were removed so we could prepare the home for sale. The Lums’ goal was to sell their home and move into a retirement community, where they now happily live.

As our Island population ages, many people have a need to downsize and transition into a safer living environment, whether it’s a retirement community, smaller home or with grown children. Senior Move Managers provides a free consultation to determine the client’s goals, create a plan and schedule to meet those goals. Some of our services include creating a floor plan, coordinating vendors and setting up their new home. These services help them through the downsizing process and effectively plan for their move. Our clients tell us that they enjoy the peace of mind knowing that we’re here to help with every aspect of their move.

Senior Move Managers LLC, also dba Declutter Hawaii, was formed in October 2010. After years of servicing senior clients in the real estate business, we have created efficient, friendly tools that help seniors downsize their personal belongings. In January we joined the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) as the first and only Senior Move Management firm in Hawaii.

Senior Move Managers (from left) Cynthia Arnold, Dan and Julie Ihara. Nathalie Walker photo .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

My niece Cynthia Goya Arnold is the vice president of operations and manages the day-to-day services for our clients. Since its inception, Senior Move Managers has helped dozens of clients move into retirement communities and condos, as well as helped clear out family estates where parents have passed on. We’ve seen it all: from the vacant “hoarder home” to the organized senior who has lived there for 80 years.

No job is too big or too small for us to help. We’ve been called on to downsize and de-clutter homes to make them safer and more functional. Each client receives customized services that they determine, and we do almost anything to help our clients minimize stress. We started this business to help families through an often challenging phase of life. As a local, family-owned-and-operated business, we treat you like our family. Call us and you’ll see our passion to serve and compassion for seniors.

Contact Cynthia Arnold at 221-8345 or Dan Ihara at 256-7873, or visit

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