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February 15, 2018

Prepping to Downsize Your Home

As you get older, it might make sense to move into a smaller home. The kids are out of the house and you don’t need the extra space, so downsizing just feels like a good idea. But what do you do with all of your stuff? If you’re moving to a smaller home, it’s likely that all of your current furniture, cutlery, and other things won’t be needed or just won’t fit. Downsizing and sorting through all of your belongings can seem overwhelming, but the experts here at Elite Self Storage have the tips and the supplies that you need to make it through the process.

Have the Proper Supplies

Whether you’re moving items into storage, donating them, or bringing them with you to your new home, you need supplies that will keep them safe in transit. That’s where we can help you out. We offer a variety of packing supplies for any situation. Boxes of all sizes, bubble wrap, packing paper, and moving blankets are all available at our facility. We also have more specialized moving supplies, including furniture covers, dish packing kits, and more. We’ll help you safely move all of your belongings into a storage unit or your next home.

It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Unless you’re really rushing to move, take your time when evaluating your belongings and figure out which ones you really need. The things that you have in your home didn’t accumulate overnight, so there’s no reason to expect that they’ll be easy to get rid of in just a day or so. Sort through your things one room at a time and really figure out what items you want to bring with you.

Think About the “One-Year Rule”

When you’re deciding what to keep and what to donate, figure out how long it’s been since you used an item. If it’s been more than a year and you don’t think that you’re going to end up using it next year, it might be time to get rid of it. This can apply to clothing, crafting supplies, shoes, and many of the other things found in your closet. This rule can also apply to what’s in your kitchen. If you’re moving to a smaller place, that might mean less counter space or storage for appliances. If you haven’t used that juicer or slow cooker in a long time, why not put it in a storage unit or give it to somebody who could make better use of it? There’s no reason to bring something along with you to a new place if you don’t think that it will be used again.

Figure Out What You Would Replace

If you’re really struggling to figure out what you should keep, think about what you would replace first if you needed to replace all of your possessions. If it’s an object that you would quickly move to replace in the event of a robbery or disaster, it’s probably something that you’d want to keep around.

Find a Storage Units

Of course you could also find a storage unit for the stuff that you want to keep, but might not have room for in your new home. Whether it’s important documents or furniture, we’ll help you find a storage solution. Contact us at (712) 560-9463 today!