Downsizing is the process of reducing the size of your home. This also requires reducing the number of items that are stored in your home. The first step to effectively downsize is to take an inventory of your household belongings.
These items will then be placed into four categories: items to move into your new home, give away to friends and family, donate to a charity or store in a self-storage unit.
Friends and Family
After determining which items will be moved into your new home, the next group of belongings for downsizing seniors are those that will be given away to friends and family. These household items typically include family heirlooms, or those items with sentimental value. This could also include furniture that will no longer fit into your new home. Large dressers, dining room tables, or couches could be given away to family members who have space and needs for them. Other items that were acquired with friends, or remind you of a time you spent with someone special, are also typically given away before downsizing into your new home.
Donating Items to Charity
This aspect of downsizing for seniors is an opportunity to help others while also improving your own living situation. In a smaller home, typically there is less closet or storage space. A condominium, for example, may also not have a basement. Taking an inventory of your closets, basements and attics would usually help find quality items to donate to a charity. Clothing, hats or winter jackets that you no longer wear, for example, would be gladly accepted by a donation center and help someone in need. Toys that grandchildren used to play with that occupy space in your basement are another example of household items that could be donated while seniors are downsizing.
Storing Items in a Self-Storage Unit
Storing items in a self-storage unit is an effective way for seniors to downsize. Seasonal decorations are an example of items that are ideally kept in a self-storage unit when downsizing. You will only need your Halloween or Christmas decorations for a limited time. These are items that seniors could store in a self-storage unit and retrieve when needed. If you have patio or lawn furniture that doesn’t have place just yet in your new home, these items could also be stored by downsizing seniors in self-storage. Documents like titles or deeds that are accessed infrequently could also be stored in a self-storage unit, along with print photos or albums. Those documents would be best placed in a climate-controlled self-storage unit.
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