Making Space

Helping you prepare for the next stage of your life.






Your Single Source For All Contacts

Reduce stress! We act as the primary contact for all 3rd parties including movers, trades, cleaning services and more.  Let us take care of everything for you.

Professional Contractor Referrals

Does your property require repair/upgrades, cleaning or maintenance?  Let us arrange and manage quality contractors on your behalf, on and off-site.

Concierge Tailored Services

Whether you are a couple on the move, a relocating professional, a senior citizen downsizing or a person with disabilities, we can tailor a service plan for you.

Fully Bonded

Fully Insured

Member of BBB

How We Can Help

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We oversee everyone that comes to your home. We let them in and lock up after. We check the quality of the work to be sure there are no issues. If you live in a condo/townhouse, we make arrangements with the building manager for the move in or move out. If you’d like, we can be at your new home to oversee the movers unpacking.

If your home requires repair – we will arrange qualified professionals with specialized expertise and knowledge. This includes contractors, plumbers, electricians, landscapers, movers, cleaners etc.

We also make the arrangements for recycling, garbage removal, shredding of personal documents.

You can rest easy knowing that we will source out all costs to get you the best price possible for these additional services. Give you the quotes and allow you to make the final decision.

If you have a preferred company you like to use then that is who we contact.

If you are selling your home and in need of a realtor we can supply you with a couple of names we trust to get the job done.

We will make the phone calls for change of address, utilities disconnect and reconnect, newspaper delivery, contacting friends and family of your move etc. We will supply you with a list of people to contact.

We take the time to pack with care and respect as if your belongings are our own. The boxes are labeled in detail. You can then find what you are looking for that much easier. Would you like to put things in storage, rent storage containers, rent plastic containers for packing? We will organize all of it.

Do you have antique items you might like to sell? We can arrange for an antique dealer to assess worth.  We can then arrange an estate sale, post items on the web to sell, garage sale etc.

We will take care to understand your precious and cherished belongings. You will show us what things are most precious to you and how you want to handle them. We mark the items as you point them out.   For example: Will some items go to family and friends, what are you keeping for the time being, what will be donated to your favorite charity/charities?

We will discuss and strategize together and include your family in our plans. Everyone involved will be kept informed of the progress. Communicating all the time. We take before and after pictures of everything in the rooms of the home.

We will help you cope with the fear and stress you are feeling with the change. Make it more manageable and a bit exciting for the next adventure you are about to embark on.

We will get to know you so you will feel comfortable, to trust us to do the things you expect with care, compassion, and understanding to your situation. Not make you feel rushed and if you can’t make a decision we will make it together and with your family.

valerie mackenzie

Valerie Mackenzie
Downsizing Specialist

(587) 899-1383

About Valerie

Valerie worked administration and office management within the health care and non-profit industries for many years. This has given her an insight into the challenges seniors and individuals face throughout their lives.

Valerie stepped into the role of caregiver for a lifelong family friend with progressive MS. She learned that helping someone make a major change in their life is much more than packing boxes and coordinating services. It means taking the time to get to know the person and their family. Providing them with compassion and support while they make big and small decisions surrounding their life and belongings. Having to pack a life time worth of belongings, labeling boxes, arranging for the transfer of services, contractors, donations, garbage removal, recycling, cleaners, and coordinating movers is extremely demanding and stressful. Valerie’s organization and resourcefulness will take the worry off of you and your family.

By showing humility, kindness and understanding you can take a scary, confusing time and make it more manageable. With guidance the moving experience can be like turning a page in a book and starting a new adventure.

Through her experience Valerie has learned there is a need for this kind of personalized service in Calgary. Seniors and individuals in our community could really benefit from this type of tailored support and assistance. It brought Valerie so much joy to have her friend look at the next chapter of her life with more optimism and less fear when she moved.

Making Space’s Network of Professionals

Making Space has a list of local businesses who have supported us to help our business grow, so we are returning the favor.
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Helping individuals downsizing to the next phase of life by organizing, packing and overseeing all that is involved. Our mission is to take away the stress and anxiety by respecting and following your wishes and goals, showing compassion, caring and understanding throughout the process. Together we will Make Space for life’s next adventure.

Service Area
Calgary and surrounding area. If you are outside this area please contact us to see if we can help.

(587) 899-1383

What Our Clients Are Saying …

I would highly recommend Valerie to anyone needing assistance with downsizing their belongings. She is cheerful, trustworthy, dependable, hardworking and has a lot of experience which she uses in helping with a task that can be overwhelming. She has the ability to see what needs to be done and progresses systematically through the job. 

She was patient in allowing for my struggles in deciding what to do with each item and offered good suggestions to help with those decisions. She was also willing to work according to my availability and health needs.

She has an understanding and compassion for the needs of seniors and anyone whose circumstances make it difficult to do such things as climb stairs, use step stools, and lift. She also brought packing supplies and packed fragile items securely. She offered to take items away to locations where they could be donated or used by other organizations. 

​I found her rates were very reasonable for the service she provides. It was enjoyable to work with her and I have benefitted from her downsizing business. 
Many thanks Valerie, you are much appreciated 

Deirdre R.

Hello Valerie I just wanted to express to you how pleased I was with your moving consultation of my home. This was a difficult and very sudden exercise for me and you managed to keep me and my family on track.

I was particularly impressed with your efficiency, accountability and your inspiration to try a variety of solutions to situations as they arose. And you did all of that with a smile and a genuine interest in assisting us to our own interest.

Fran O.

I contacted Valerie during the undertaking of selling my parent’s family home as it was necessary to divest the contents of the house in a very short time frame. 
Valerie was personable, professional, conscientious and efficient during the entire process. She contacted an appropriate charitable organization for donated items. She also enlisted the help of others to help with the packing of smaller items and the removal of heavy furniture from the lower level to the main floor. The latter facilitated the pickup requirement for “Habitat for Humanity.” The entire procedure to ready the home for the possession date was “stress free” and was efficiently completed in a few days.

At the end of the contract period I received a through and detailed outline of the hours billed.

I highly recommend Valerie MacKenzie and her company, Making Space She is truly a downsizing specialist. 

Wilma M.
I have recently had the opportunity to use this Companies Services and can recommend them without hesitation. Valerie is able to provide excellent service at a very reasonable price. Not only is she very experienced and knowledgeable, she applies her expertise in an efficient, yet personal manner that makes the whole process seamless. Although my requirements were extensive and varied, Valerie was able to provide a practical solution every time. This is in and of itself, priceless. Thanks again, Valerie.

I was first recommended Valerie through a friend who gave her very high praise.  And he couldn’t have been more correct.  I first called her with only one month to move out of a house that we had been in for 10 years.  She completely organized our plan from the very beginning. Hiring her was the best decision I could have made and I truly could not have done it without her.  I would highly recommend her to family and friends and anyone else I meet along the way. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s also one of the most cheerful and positive people I’ve ever met.

James Cote
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