Moving into a retirement community and the downsizing process that comes with it can be a daunting and emotional time. The most important thing to remember is not to rush.
Choosing which items you want to keep for your new home, and picking out those items which you’d like to give to family members can be overwhelming, so taking your time during this process will help ensure that you feel comfortable with your decisions.
In this blog, Calloway Self Storage takes a look at what the downsizing process involves and what you can do to ease the transition.
What is involved in the downsizing process?
As time goes by, and kids grow up and move out, it’s normal to end up with a large number of items that can be moved on. These are probably a mixture of both sentimental items and clutter, and could include hobby equipment, furniture, vehicles, clothing, sporting equipment, camping gear, kitchen appliances, old photographs, gardening tools and much much more.
When moving to a retirement community it’s important that you don’t feel the burden of possessions that are no longer needed, or worry that your new place will become quickly cluttered. But at the same time, you don’t want to just throw belongings all out either, as you may realize down the line that you wanted to keep something.
Going through items and making an inventory, room by room can help you decide what to do with items, and this list will be very helpful to people helping you make the move or distribute belongings. Make sure to get everyone involved in the move onboard with the downsizing process. Is everyone good with the decisions? Are there any particular requests by family members? Will everyone remove furnishings and other items in a timely fashion? These are some of the considerations.
But, when time is short or you need the luxury of more time, self storage can give you all the time you need to make the right decisions.
Why you should consider self storage
Choosing what to take into your new home is a difficult decision, and it’s more than likely that you will have limited space.
It’s perfectly understandable that you’ll want to move in and get settled into your new home as quickly as possible on moving day. But, deciding on which items you want to keep or get rid of in such a short time frame can be overwhelming and stressful.
Keeping the items that you’re not sure about in self storage for a few months (or even years), will give you more control over what would otherwise be a stressful situation.
And, this will give you the time you need to sort through your items, choosing the ones you want to keep and the ones you want to either sell or get rid of.
Ready to find out more about our self storage options and how they can help your transition into a retirement community be that much easier? Contact us today.