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In its 26 years in business, Changing Places:

  • Relocated hundreds of clients out-of-state moves
  • Moved clients to or from 18 countries
  • Donated tons of household items to various charities
  • Diverted tons of items from going to landfill
  • Worked with hundreds of clients who hired us more than once
  • Brought order and peace of mind to almost 1,500 homes around the world

Margaret and her team graciously thank their clients, crew, realtors, vendors, friends & all those who have supported Changing Places’ incredible journey since 1993. As Margaret says, what we do is create miracles every day.

TEAM SPOTLIGHT – Meet Julie Hornsby

Meet Julie Hornsby
Assistant Project Manager, Expert Organizer, and Luxury Specialist

Julie is the consummate ambassador for Changing Places. Meticulous and detail-oriented, but also utterly charming, Julie wins the heart of every client. She’s one of CP’s most versatile organizers, happy to be deployed in a cluttered garage or a beautifully remodeled kitchen. She comes to Changing Places with over 30 years of experience in customer service and hospitality, including years at the luxurious (now closed) Gump’s. She is passionate about finding the perfect home for our clients’ possessions, whether it’s consigning antique sterling silver or donating art supplies for local kids.

A Heartfelt Testimonial

“What a magnificent team!  Our heartfelt thanks for turning  a spontaneous, difficult move for our 94 year old mom and our family into a calm, happy, and fulfilling event.  We had just  a days notice to move her from an 900 square foot home into a small 300 square foot apartment.  OMG…how could we get this done.  We called Changing-Places first thing.”

 
We NEVER could have accomplished the move without your support, expertise, and diligent guidance and work.
 
Mary Lee and Laura worked tirelessly emptying the old apartment and making sure items were moved, donated, consigned or recycled and they did this all with professionalism, care and smiles.  The old place was left completely empty.  Just wonderful and gratifying to work with them.
 
The same day, they set up our mom’s new small “home” with infinite eye to detail.  They turned a bland, empty space into a serene, cozy, beautiful one. They unknowingly gave a true gift to our family when mom walked into the new completed room for the first time and smiled with joy, saying  “You did this all for me! It’s so beautiful!” and then we were told the next day that she had a great night’s sleep in her new surroundings.   Mary Lee and Laura, you gave us peace of mind.
 
Changing-Places has done it again.  We called and you were there in an instant.  We have used your services for 3 generations of our family’s moves and for those of many clients in our real estate dealings.
You always, always, come through with grace, ease, and precision.
 
We know you will be there again when we call.  Your services and caring are priceless.”
 
Many, many thanks to you all,

Donna & Steve Gothelf

Ultimate Holiday Gift

Ultimate Holiday Gift

Looking for a holiday gift for someone special?
Give the ultimate gift of organizing:
A Changing Places Gift Certificate

Give Yourself the ultimate gift of organization this Holiday Season Between planning a holiday party, shopping for gifts or hosting company, it feels like your to-do list never ends. Changing Places can help keep you organized and on track during the craziness of the holiday season.

How we prepare you for the holidays:

  • clear clutter throughout the house
  • organize your most-used rooms
  • install lights and decorations
  • organize and stock your kitchen for holiday cooking
  • prepare guest rooms to welcome family and friends
  • arrange furniture to allow socializing
  • donate unwanted items to charities
  • create room in your garage for holiday overflow

Contact us for help this holiday season and beyond.
415-461-6256    |   Info@Changing-Places.com

 

AN IMMEDIATE CALL TO ACTION

We need your immediate help!
The Salvation Army Chico is in dire need of volunteers!

Please help us create a call to action by sharing this letter with friends and family through any and all of your social media pages.

On Dec. 4, 2018, Margaret Walsh of Beyond Celiac and Elizabeth Tashiro of Explore Cuisine Pasta Co. drove up to Butte County with a second load of food for the Gluten Free community, delivering it to the Salvation Army Distribution Center. On their way up to Chico, they stopped at Sonoma Creamery to pick up a half a pallet of Gourmet Mr. Cheese O’s that was donated for the cause.

To date, Explore Cuisine has generously donated their high protein pasta to feed 2000, which has been met with deep gratitude.
When Margaret and Elizabeth arrived at about 11am, there were approximately 60 people waiting in line to fill up a cart with clothes, necessities and food. By the time they left at 3pm there was still a line of about 45 new people waiting outside to be helped. The staff can’t keep up with the demand and there was very little left on the tables and shelves by end of day.

Top Golf San Fran volunteered 8 staff personnel to work in the warehouse. They wore branded t-shirts and recorded it on camera—Keep an eye out on their social channels to see what they produce. All 22 locations of Top Golf participated in their call to action to bring new items to the Salvation Army of Chico. They started in North Carolina with an UHaul and zigzagged across the nation to Chico California. In the end they had two 27 foot UHaul trucks. Amazing!

Margaret and Elizabeth, as well as many others, have been profoundly impacted by the experience of volunteering.

Elizabeth of Explore Cuisine said, “Talking with survivors as we filled up their carts with supplies made it very personal to me. Bailey and Matt were no older than me and came to the center with 2 children under 2 yrs. old. They also have 9 yr. old twins who were in school at the time. This week, they were gifted a motor home for the 6 of them to live in. We joked about what baby food must taste like to babies. They had been staying with her sister and Bailey was shy to ask for items. I helped load their donations into Bailey’s car, which also contained all of her remaining belongings after the fire. Another person I helped, Linda, reminded me so much of my aunt—proud, put-together, and private. She could have easily been my aunt. Bailey and Matt could have easily been my friends from school. Because of sheer luck, geography and timing, they aren’t. That makes it really scary and important to me that we help each other. I can’t tell you enough how thankful I am for Margaret and Explore Cuisine for allowing me this time and for donating to this cause. “

Click HERE for more photos of the trip.

Recovery will continue for months.
FEMA has not begun re-building.
No one knew where FEMA was when we asked.

There has to be a way to get more help!

Some ideas we are exploring and companies we are reaching out to:

Marin Airporter: We are checking to see if they can offer a bus or buses to transport volunteers from Marin and SF for the day with each person contributing to cover the cost of the bus. Schools, businesses, and local folks could ride up to Butte early in the morning, work for 5 hours and be home for dinner.

Each bus holds 56 passengers. If we can fill the bus, it would work out to be about $25/ per person round trip.

Contact Information:
David T. Hughes, Charter Manager
Marin Charter & Tours
1081 Anderson Drive
415-256-8830
charter@marinairporter.com

Financial Donations for Gluten Free Products:
This is to be done later. We have to set up our 501C3 organization to host the funds we raise to cover the cost of the gluten free food and the deliver expenses.

It was really hard for Margaret and Elizabeth to tear away to go home. There is such a desperate need for volunteers to help. Please get the word out however you can.
Be loud, noisy and persistent!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Salvation Army Chico – they can use 50 volunteers per day

Monday – Saturday
Anyone can show up to volunteer anytime Monday through Saturday. The facility is open to survivors on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The other days they need help re-stocking and organizing. It’s about a 4-hour drive from San Francisco.

Sign up here to volunteer: https://www.buttecaa.com/north-state-food-bank/

Phone Number: 530-570-7016
Head of Salvation Army services: Lt. Craig Rodriguera: 808-351-5817

“New” Donated Items Needed for Camp Fire Distribution Center

All food and product donations:
Salvation Army Distribution Center: 530-772-1009
1100 Marauder St, Chico, CA 95973
Receiving Mon-Sat 9am-4pm

List Below for items needed:

NEW CLOTHING
Jackets (Waterproof/Warm)
Men, teen boys, pre teens, tots
Women, teen girls, pre teens, tots
Baby clothes of all kinds and sizes
XL & 2XL Clothing
Sweaters/Flannels
Long Sleeve Shirts
Rain Boots
Men’s and Kid’s Shoes
Women’s and Kids Shoes
Jeans/Pants
Sweat Pants
Warm PJs
Belts

NEW HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
Pillows
Sleeping bags
Blankets
Sheet sets w/ pillow cases
Bath Towels
Batteries
Phone chargers
Pots & Pans
Can Openers
Plates / Utensils
Cooking Spoons / Spatulas
Laundry Soap / Dish Soap
Kitchen Supplies

FOOD (Non-Perishable)
Peanut Butter/Jelly
Canned Protein Meat/Tuna
Canned Fruit
Cereal
Oatmeal
Granola Bars
Crackers/Chips
Soup
Boxed food
Snacks/Items for kids lunch

GLUTEN FREE FOOD (Non-Perishable)
Macaroni & Cheese
Pasta
Crackers
Power Bars
Convenience Foods

THANK YOU,

 

Giving Back: How Margaret of Changing Places is Serving the Butte County Fire Victims

When the devastating Butte County Camp Fire ravaged Northern California in November, Changing Places owner Margaret Walsh knew she needed to help. 

Margaret was diagnosed in 1984 with celiac disease, a genetic autoimmune illness. The body cannot ingest any quantity of gluten. She knew that the emergency food given out, Meals Ready To Eat (MRE) had gluten in it. Therefore, it was imperative to find food for those who had to be on a gluten-free diet.

Margaret contacted Jennifer Iscol, President of the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California, a friend through their mutual support of celiac disease awareness and advocacy. Margaret is the West Coast business advisor for Beyond Celiac.

Jennifer told Margaret the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo taking place in San Mateo that weekend would potentially have 300 pounds of food to be donated. She needed more volunteers to help arrange transportation and make community contacts. At that point, it did not appear likely any of the food would be transported for fire relief or reach people with a medical dietary need for it.

Margaret rented a van and, with the help of her neighbor Alain, headed to the San Mateo Expo. Due to low attendance caused by poor air quality from the fires, along with the generosity of the vendors, she was able to fill the van with 1,200 pounds of gluten-free food! Other volunteers, including one from Peninsula Food Runners, took three carloads of perishable food to two charities in Santa Clara. In Butte, a lot of the food was spoiling because there was not enough electricity for refrigeration.

Margaret and Alain drove to Oroville, CA and delivered the products to the Community Action Agency of Butte County (CAA). CAA runs the distribution center, North State Food Bank, which before the fire was serving 45,000 hungry residents a month at 52 community sites plus 48 U.S. Dept. of Agriculture food sites.

CAA pledged to create a stand-alone gluten-free and allergen friendly distribution site. In order to accomplish this, a great deal must be done. Margaret states, “We have to fill the kitchens, pantries and food bank with gluten-free and allergen friendly food because most donated food has gluten and common allergens in it.” 

At the moment, the only treatment for celiac disease is to eat a strict gluten-free diet. One in 133 Americans, or 1% of the population (3 million Americans), has celiac disease. It is estimated that 83% of Americans who have celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions. Research also estimates that 18 million Americans have gluten sensitivity. All of these people need to be on a gluten-free diet. More facts can be found HERE.

This will be an ongoing effort, and again, Margaret knows how crucial it is to get food to these fire victims. “Finding gluten-free food to eat on a daily basis, is a one-meal-at-a-time effort, and that is not easy even without an emergency. The shortage of safe food for people on a medically restricted diet is critically serious in a disaster zone.”

We Transform Kids’ Lives Too

Changing Places changes kids’ lives… one  job at a time

 

In our 25 years in business, nearly half of our projects help families and their children to downsize, de-clutter and organize their lives… not just their homes.
Here’s the story about one of our favorite families.

Changing Places began work with the Dempster clan when Madison was 12 years old. We came back to help with six subsequent moves. Here’s what Madison learned during these projects:

  • Each time she moved, she saw how much she accumulated. We helped her to keep what was important to her and let go of the rest.
  • Madison learned the value of purchasing quality items with the question, “Do I need this, or will it become clutter?”
  • It became her philosophy to donate her old treasures, so others can create new memories.
  • She designed her own floor plan,  creating extra space by adding  a platform bed and containers.
  • She rents long term storage for her seasonal items.  She’s a California girl living in the Northeast now, and needs 4 seasons’ worth of clothing.
  • Her organizational skills allow her to be focused, productive and successful.

Madison created a livable tiny space

Madison’s cleverly and thoughtfully designed dorm room allowed her to be organized and productive from day one as a college freshman. She even inspired her roommates and friends!

There is a place for everything… and everything has a place

Changing Places was honored
to help this adorable young lady to become more organized!

Do you and your family need help getting organized?

Please give us a call.
415.461.6257
info@changing-places.com

 

 

“Dear Margaret:

Madison at age 12

Our family sends you and your team a heartfelt “thank you” for moving us into our new home. With Changing Places’ assistance, you took every ounce of stress out of our move. I wish everyone could have such a delightful moving experience—too often we are too bogged down with the logistics and endless unpacking to actually “enjoy” moving let alone the new house. Your team, with it’s magic, had us cooking in our kitchen and sleeping in our beds the first night and completely unpacked within a couple of days!! Thanks to you we are settled and loving our new home.”

– The Dempster Clan (Kim, Mark, Madison, Jack and Yoda (woof!)
San Francisco, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our family sends you and your team a heartfelt “thank you” for moving us into our new home. With Changing Places’ assistance, you took every ounce of stress out of our move. I wish everyone could have such a delightful moving experience—too often we are too bogged down with the logistics and endless unpacking to actually “enjoy” moving let alone the new house. Your team, with it’s magic, had us cooking in our kitchen and sleeping in our beds the first night and completely unpacked within a couple of days!! Thanks to you we are settled and loving our new home.”

– The Dempster Clan (Kim, Mark, Madison, Jack and Yoda (woof!)
San Francisco, CA

The Alternative To Home Staging

Did you know Changing Places stages homes using your own furniture?

How do we do this?

  • de-clutter: closets, cabinets and storage spaces
  • depersonalize: allow potential buyers to envision themselves in your house, not you
  • remove excess furniture, art and knickknacks
  • save you money through light staging
  • get the property on the market quickly, while packing you to move
  • make it fun, effortless and easy

Getting ready to list your house?
Contact us to see how we can help you.
415.461.6257
info@changing-places.com

“Changing-Places is a very reliable source during any move, purge, or home preparation. Simply said, any time you’re “changing places,” they are miracle workers, and very resourceful and trustworthy. I could not recommend them more!”

– Malin Giddings, Compass Real Estate

De-cluttering, organizing and clearing a home to go on the market

  • We take on details of preparing a home to show and sell, so you can quickly get the property on the market
  • We are the only organization and relocation company of our size in Northern California with workers’ compensation, liability and bonding insurance
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  • We help to increase the market value of a home
  • De-cluttering, organizing and clearing the house
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  • We are fully insured, which means that hiring us offers peace of mind
  • Staging and design assistance which boost home sale price

“Wow! You worked miracles over 3 days. The house looks spectacular. Night and day makeover. No wonder you keep winning awards. Thank you so much. Excellent to work with you once again!”

– Jackie Safier | Prometheus Real Estate Group, Inc.

Before and Afters

We Are Dealing With Mold, Rat Poop & Estates

Changing Places forever changed the lives of three people.

We were hired by Northern Trust Company, wealth management, to help them meet their legal and fiduciary responsibility to ensure a healthy home for their clients.

We transformed a cluttered house infested with mold, rats and extensive water damage into a healthy, vibrant home for a family of three – one of whom is disabled.

This type of project is why we do what we do. We not only transformed a home, but the lives of three people.

Bedroom Before                                                  Bedroom After

…all of this 65 miles from our home base.

Over the course of nearly three years, our crew lived at a local hotel to perform tough, dirty and tiring work.

The first phase of our work included:

  • De-cluttering the home
  • Arranging junk removal
  • Organizing items for donation
  • Overseeing minor repair work

A year after the initial cleanup, we were hired for a second phase of de-cluttering in preparation for a full remodel.

Our third phase of work included:

  • Moving the family back into the home
  • Working with our designer to purchase and arrange new furnishings
  • Unpacking and de-cluttering items in storage
  • Delivering a beautifully new finished home

Bathroom Before Remodel                            Bathroom After Remodel

Our amazing team worked tirelessly to create a beautiful, comfortable and safe space for our clients and the finished product is truly a miracle come to life.

Here’s what our client had to say:

This is AMAZING!!!!  It is like a completely different house.  Words cannot express our gratitude for your time, dedication and patience to this project.  You have created a safe, healthy and inviting home for our clients.  You are miracle workers. 

– Northern Trust Company, Wealth Management

What made this project special?

  • There isn’t anything we don’t do
  • As a rule, we don’t work with hoarders – but we made an exception
  • We rolled up our sleeves, put our masks on and got to work

How do we help?

  • Develop a timeline for the entire family and parties involved
  • Sort all estate items
  • Create labeling system and detailed photo inventory
  • Coordinate the selling, donating, liquidation of estate items
  • Obtain appraisals on estate items
  • Orchestrate the distribution of items to family
  • Our team operates with the utmost integrity and discretion in order to provide our clients with the peace of mind that their physical possessions will be handled with care

How can we help you or your client?

Call us at (415) 461-6257