6 Ways Self-Storage Can Help When Downsizing Your Living Space

Are you moving into the city for a shorter commute? Maybe you're moving in with your new spouse, or perhaps your kids just got their own apartment. Whatever your reason for downsizing, moving into a small living space is a big project. Using self-storage is one way to make the downsizing process easier. Here are some ways it can help.

It Will Save You Money
When you downsize, it's inevitable that you'll have to bid farewell to some of your stuff. However, sorting through all your belongings can take a long time, and it can delay your move. All the time you spend with that extra room in your house where you store all your stuff costs you money.

Rent a storage unit and put some of your stuff in it so you can move right away. It's cheaper than paying more rent on a home than you have to, and it gives you the time you need to make decisions on what to keep and what to kiss goodbye.

It's a Place for Sentimental Items
You're proud of your kids when they move out and start living on their own, but they leave behind a lot of stuff such as sports trophies and old toys. At the same time, you may have other sentimental items — like photo albums and special gifts — that also take up a lot of space. Not all of those meaningful keepsakes will fit into your new place, but you can rent a climate-controlled storage space that will protect those precious memories.

Storing Seasonal Items
If your current dwelling has a spacious garage or a spare bedroom where you can keep seasonal items like winter clothes, holiday decorations, and summer sports equipment, that's great! However, you'll find that if you're moving to New York or another big city, you have to squeeze all you can out of every square foot of space. Self-storage gives you a convenient place for those seasonal items.

Make sure you keep your unit organized so you can pull out items easily when you want them.

Help with Organizing and Simplifying
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Humans are collectors by nature, and having countless boxes to sort through can leave you overwhelmed. Start to tame the chaos by moving as much as you can to storage so you can get your home as organized before you move.

View this as a test. Put things in storage that you would normally be inclined to keep around, and see how you fare without them. You might be surprised at how refreshing it is to live simply, and that will give you more confidence in your decision to downsize.

Cutting back on what you have in your home can have a powerful impact. Psychology Today points out that clutter causes stress because it bombards the senses and makes relaxation more difficult.

A Boon for Frequent Movers

If you're in the military, have the spirit of a gypsy, or have a job where you might be transferred at any moment, you're probably a pro at moving. Make the process simpler by keeping a good portion of your stuff in storage. That way, when you move, you only have to worry about packing the essentials. You can go back to your storage unit later and pick up the items that you really need.

An Asset for Temporary Moves
Maybe you just scored an awesome temporary work contract that requires you to move, and you want to rent out your home while you're living elsewhere. Instead of getting rid of most of your things when you move to your smaller, temporary residence, store them so you won't have to do a ton of re-buying after your work contract expires.

A self-storage unit is an invaluable asset for people looking to downsize. Knowing that you don't have to get rid of all your stuff right away helps you embrace your move and not fear it.

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