You Are Not a Hoarder – You Just Have Too Much “Stuff”

Seniors GuideArticle by Linda Balentine, President, Crowning Touch Senior Moving Services and featured in the July 2017 issue of Seniors Guide.

You're Not a Hoarder - You Just Have Too Much "Stuff"And “stuff” can be a problem if you are a senior planning to move. Because whether the move is immediate, or just on the distant horizon, you will need to formulate a system for clearing the deck. First of all, do not apologize or feel badly. You are in good company. It seems to be part of the American condition to wallow in more than we need. But in the last decade or two of our lives, we have a chance to make it right.

Attack the “overweight” corners of your home first, such as junk drawers, bathroom cabinets, kitchen pantries, closets, craft rooms, garages, attics and basements. When eyeing the excess, be ruthless. (Often it helps to have a friend with you who will not allow you to deceive yourself.)

Initiate your overview utilizing brightly colored, adhesive dots available at any office supply. That way you don’t have to move and segregate anything. Just dot the items in place – “stuff” on shelves, wall décor, lamps, furniture, tools and even rugs.

Here are the filters to apply that will help you with your decision making:

1st — Mark those items with yellow dots that you know in your knower you will be keeping for either sentimental or utilitarian reasons.

2nd — Get the family to step up and identify, or better yet, pick up the items they want. Different siblings can be assigned different colors.

3rd — There will probably be items to sell to help offset the cost of moving, so mark those items with green dots for the color of money and arrange for a dealer to assess their value.

4th — The rest should be donated or trashed. Remember, every home has “stuff” that no one else wants.

What is Rightsizing? Article by Crowning Touch founder Linda Balentine, as featured in

Linda Balentine
Linda Balentine, Founder
Crowning Touch Senior Moving Services
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“Our Health Southwest Virginia featured “What is Rightsizing?” an article by Crowning Touch founder Linda Balentine.

“Life is all about adapting, and ‘rightsizing’ means adapting positively to a physical change in circumstance. The opportunity to rightsize applies most dramatically when one is faced with the option of moving. Life’s last few decades frequently bring health challenges, and rightsizing is a dynamic and proactive way to enhance your quality of life by reducing your footprint….”

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Crowning Touch Senior Moving Receives 2016 Best of Roanoke Award

Roanoke Award Program Honors the Achievement


2016 Best of Roanoke Hall of FameROANOKE November 19, 2016 – Crowning Touch Senior Moving has been selected for the 2016 Best of Roanoke Award in the Moving Services category by the Roanoke Award Program.

Each year, the Roanoke Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Roanoke area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Roanoke Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Roanoke Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Roanoke Award Program

The Roanoke Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Roanoke area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Roanoke Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

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Roanoke Award Program

BB&T Insurance Services recognizes Crowning Touch claim-free moving service.

BB&T Insurance ServicesBB&T Insurance Services once again recognizes Crowning Touch Senior Moving Services for its excellent, claim-free moving services.

“Since BB&T Insurance began servicing the Crowning Touch Senior Moving Services insurance program in 2008, you have never had to file a personal property claim.

“This is exceptional and proves that your excellent training program is yielding great results. You are obviously focused on providing detailed attention to your client’s belongings while in your care.”

— Sarah Vandgriff, CIC/ACSR, CSR,
BB&T Insurance Services

Crowning Touch: Claim-free Moving ServicesWe take great pride in our training program and our packing and moving staff and appreciate them for keeping us “claim-free.” 

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DIRECTION Magazine – HANDLE WITH CARE: With the right approach, movers can profit from the rapidly growing senior market.

Article by Linda Balentine in the January/February 2016 issue of Directions magazine.

HANDLE WITH CARE: With the right approach, movers can profit from the rapidly growing senior market.
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“Hazel is 82, the average age of a senior who decides to leave his or her independent lifestyle behind and move to a more supportive senior community. Hazel’s husband died suddenly a few months ago, and now her home, so comfortable for the past 40 years, feels empty and even threatening. Her children are all hundreds of miles away with busy lives of their own, and Hazel has no intention of involving them in her move. She has lots of friends, but none are physically capable anymore of helping her pack or even unpack.

“The scope of the project keeps her up at night. What will she do with a house full of furniture that she can’t possibly use in her new one-bedroom apartment? What about her husband’s car and the woodworking tools?

“Hazel’s story is not unique. Multiply some version of it by 80 million over the next 30 years, and you will begin to get the picture of an exploding market segment that will need special moving help. According to data from the 2010 census, the U.S. population 65 and older is growing faster than the total U.S. population—and is at a higher percentage than in any previous census. Between 2000 and 2010, the group of Americans 65 and older grew 15.1 percent, while the total U.S. population grew 9.7 percent. Within that age group, 85- to 94-year-olds swelled from 3.9 million to 5.1 million, an increase of 29.9 percent.

“The benefits of focusing on the booming senior population are significant….” Read more »

ROANOKE BUSINESS – Hardship births a company tailored to seniors

Linda Balentine, founder of Crowning Touch Senior Moving Services, is interviewed in the November 2015 issue of Roanoke Business.

From being homeless to selling franchises:

‘You’re good at a lot more than you think you’re good at.’

Linda Balentine, founder of Crowning Touch Senior Moving Services, is interviewed in the November 2015 issue of Roanoke Business magazine.
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When Seniors Make the Move

Excerpt from “When Seniors Make the Move,”Valley Business FRONT feature article, August 2105.

A Big Decision: Where to Go, Where to Live

Linda Balentine, Founder & CEO of Crowning Touch
Linda Balentine, Founder & CEO of Crowning Touch Senior Moving Services

“According to Linda Balentine, founder and CEO of Crowning Touch, a Roanoke-based senior moving services company that includes not only help with moving, but consignment, auction and real estate, the average age when senior Americans decide to move out of his/her/their home of record is 82. ‘Interestingly,’ she adds, ‘when they do move, the average distance between them and their nearest child is 200 miles.’

“Balentine continues that when you consider the fact that in many cases these seniors’ friends are choosing not to drive at night and they themselves either no longer drive or choose only close destinations, life ‘lots of times has become very lonely.'”

"Throw over your heart, and your horse will follow." - Linda BalentineCONTROL: Because such lifestyle decisions can indeed involve a substantial portion of the assets of an individual or couple, the decision on who has power of attorney — both financial and health — can and does become a huge issue….

“In some cases, the person chosen may not be a family at all. Linda Balentine has been appointed the executrix for the estate of a woman whom she helped move 18 years ago. ‘There’s a problem in the parent/child/sibling relationship, and she came to me instead. Just another example of how powerful the familial scene becomes.'”

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