Downsizing, moving and decluttering.
Just the mere mention of those words can send blood pressure skyrocketing or a shiver down the spine.
Fear not, though. Two La Crescent women are ready to do it all.
Friends Linda Gasper and Cindy Henry have started afterthoughts LLC, to take charge of even the hardest projects.
It’s an ever-evolving company. Their list of services grows with each customer.
They’ll take care of downsizing, cleaning, packing, holding sales, donating. Anything.
No job is too small, Henry said.
And they try to work with the customer, even offering a goods-for-services agreement if needed.
“It’s evolving every day,” Gasper said.
“That’s the fun part of it,” Henry said. “We meet with them and see how we can help and design a plan around them.”
Gasper added, “We are problem-solvers by nature.”
While they are working, the ladies have an eye out for collectables, which they will bring to the owners attention if they didn’t know already.
There’s a need for their services, the pair says. With baby boomers and plenty of downsizers, there’s a lot of moving going on, and some people don’t want to do it alone.
So far, their clients have been in that older generation, but they will serve any age.
It’s a business based on honesty and integrity, they say.
The friends started talking about pulling their talents together for such a business at the beginning of the year. Then they had their first job in April.
Gasper comes from a retail background and currently works in eldercare, while Henry calls herself a green, clean machine. She has worked in interior design, antiques and youth ministry.
It was just natural they team up and offer a unique service for the region.
The service adds peace of mind, the women say, in a time of life that can be very stressful.
Life is so busy, Henry said, that a lot for people need help or just feel overwhelmed. Their belongings become a burden.
“It’s a good feeling,” Gasper said. “They know they’re not in it alone. We will be there to make like a little easier.”
People need a service they can trust, the women say.
“It matters to us that we do a great job,” Gasper said.
“We both have a heart for serving,” Henry added.