Moving is generally a stressful experience for most people, at any age. This is particularly true if you have decided to move into a smaller home, such as a condo, apartment building or even just a smaller house.
Downsizing isn’t easy. Since you’ll be moving into a smaller property you won’t be able to take all of your current possessions with you. Before you move into your new home, you’ll need to make some decisions about what you want to take with you, and what you don’t.
However, it’s not as clear cut as keeping the things you want and throwing everything else out. Some items you never use may hold sentimental value, while other items you may only use once a year.
You don’t want these items to clutter your new home, but you also don’t want to throw them out either. That’s where self storage units can help.
Calloway Storage has listed three ways a self storage can help you downsize once you’ve found your new home:
1 – Self storage speeds up your move
Once you’ve found your new home you probably want to move in as soon as possible. Unfortunately, you still need to sort through a significant amount of belongings to find out what you want to take into your new house.
Sorting through everything you’ve accumulated in your life takes time. You don’t want to rush this process and regret throwing or giving away items that were important or sentimental to you. At the same time, you don’t want the process to drag on and prevent you from moving on.
By using a self storage unit, you’ll be able to store your excess belongings and sort through them in your own time. This will allow you to take the time to sort through additional items after you’ve made the move.
2 – Additional storage
The limited amount of space that comes with a smaller house or apartment can be hard to adjust to – it’s possible that you may need more storage space. Self storage can be a permanent home for seasonal items and possessions that you don’t use regularly
Another option is to hire a portable storage unit. These units can be delivered straight to your house for you to store additional items that you don’t want to store in your house. You can decide at a later date if you want your portable storage unit to be kept on-site or moved to a secure storage facility.
3 – Store items for your family members
Any large items, such as furniture and ornaments, that you don’t want to take into your new home do not have to be thrown out. In fact, it’s possible that your family members may want to take some of these items.
Self storage units give you the opportunity to temporarily house these items until other family members can take a look and decide if they want them for their home. This is a great solution if you want to keep sentimental or important items in the family but no longer have the space to keep them.
If you decide to keep furniture in long-term storage, then read our blog for some maintenance tips – ‘Self Storage: 4 Tips to Preserve Your Furniture While in Long-Term Storage’.
Self-storage can significantly enhance your entire downsizing experience, ensuring you don’t regret throwing away items in the spur of the moment. Want more advice on how self storage units can help you downsize? Contact us today.