Success in Style turns out to be a perfect fit for local couple in the process of downsizing.
Marge and Chuck are no strangers to packing up and moving. Over the course of a distinguished Navy career, the Philadelphia natives lived in Germany, Italy and Taiwan. This upcoming move, however, will be a bit different for the couple, who has three grown children and have been married for 52 years. This time, they’re planning on downsizing into a smaller space at a local senior community, and the idea of parting with the treasures they’ve accumulated over the years hasn’t been easy for either of them.
“We had been wrestling with how to downsize,” Chuck says. “Do we sell things? Do we give things away?”
Someone at the senior community recommended that they meet with move management experts Let’s Move to help ease the stress of downsizing. While they aren’t planning to move until next year, they know that in order to make the transition as seamless as possible, it was in their best interest to start now. Marge and Chuck had attended a number of Kim McMahon’s presentations and were already familiar with her and her company. They quickly set up an initial meeting.
Marge and Chuck had already taken a stab at downsizing their closets.
“My first impulse was to sell the clothing, because Marge has a number of very, very nice dresses, some of which were custom-made while we were living overseas with the Navy.”
He had listed them on Craigslist and received no response. When they consulted with Kim, she suggested Success in Style, an organization that helps disadvantaged men and women dress for success for upcoming job interviews. The organization also offers interview coaching and fashion tips. Beyond business attire, Success in Style also helps outfit individuals for social networking and business events. That opened the door for even more donations from the couple. Marge and Chuck — who volunteer seven days a month at their local Red Cross — immediately warmed to the idea of turning their downsizing into giving. With so many other donation sites, you don’t really know where your items will end up, Chuck said. But with Success in Style, the goal is clear. It helped that Marge and Chuck understood the challenges associated with re-entering the workforce. After their retirement from the Navy, both of them decided it was time to go back to work to continue bringing in income.
“Marge and I both went through agonies of job search,” said Chuck. “We are sensitive to the fact that it’s not an easy thing to do especially when you’re in the upper ranges of things,” he chuckled.
Marge immediately called Success in Style to learn more about the organization, its mission and how they handled donations. She was so inspired, she set an appointment for the following week and began setting clothing aside for donations, carefully hanging them on clothing rods. They ended up filling the back of their car with two rows of clothing.
“I have a sentimental attachment to these clothes and we felt they have some value. We had a really hard time letting go of stuff not knowing what was going to happen to it,” said Marge. “The fact that we are providing attire to people trying to get a new start really facilitated our letting go. This just made it so easy for us.”
Letting go of clothing was just the first step in a series of many the couple will take over the next year. Now that they know Let’s Move has the resources to help them find meaningful homes for their items makes, Marge and Chuck can focus on outfitting their future — in any style they choose.
Success in Style turns out to be a perfect fit for local couple in the process of downsizing. Marge and Chuck are no strangers to packing up and moving. Over the course of a distinguished Navy career, the Philadelphia natives lived in Germany, Italy and Taiwan. This upcoming move, however, will be a bit different […]