As you transition through life you may find yourself entering into the next phase of life that includes downsizing. However, for many people, the prospect of minimizing their belongings and shrinking your living space is an overwhelming concept. It doesn’t have to be though. Downsizing doesn’t have to mean getting rid of everything you own. We all have those sentimental items and family heirlooms that we just don’t want to part with and that is where mini storage can help you with your downsizing efforts.
- Eliminating Broken and Unused Everyday Items – Everyone has those items laying around waiting to be repaired or used. Downsizing is the perfect time to replace old and broken necessity items and purge belongings that have seen better days or not been used in at least six months (seasonal items being the exception here.)
- Decide which Items have Actual Sentimental Value – Knowing what has actual sentimental value versus it is a souvenir from some unmemorable event in your past is the first step to eliminating clutter and potential hoarding situations. Taking a hard line on what is considered a sentimental keepsake and what is considered to be junk allows you to purge a surprising amount of excess baggage in short order. This also provides the opportunity to create custom displays and compile scrapbooks for preserving and admiring these special memories in your new space.
- Sell Unwanted Items that are in Good Shape – Why not make some cash while downsizing? Selling unwanted items through sources such as yard sales, junk collectors, thrift or antique store consignment, or online via sites like Offer Up, Amazon Seller Market, or Poshmark.
- Decide what will End Up in Storage and what will Make it to the New Home – Once the purging and sorting process has been completed it is then time to decide which of the belongings that are being kept will find a place in your new home. Having a smaller dwelling means that sometimes old furniture just won’t fit. That will mean making decisions on where and how to place what you have that will fit in the new space efficiently, comfortably, and aesthetically. Those belongings that just can’t be parted with and won’t fit in properly in the new location can then be stored in a local mini storage facility until they are able to be used again.
Downsizing is a stressful and emotional transition that is made easier by utilizing a mini storage for the process. Browning Park Mini Storage is here to help you with this life change in the friendliest and least stressful manner possible, call today and see what we can do for you.