The best tips for downsizing your home
People downsize for different reasons, such as children growing up and leaving the nest or relocating to a region with higher property prices. Whatever your reason for downsizing, there are a few simple steps that you can take to streamline the process.
Reduce stress, save money and simplify your life by planning to downsize properly. From decluttering and organising to finding a new space for your extra belongings, we’ve got simple tips to apply.
Begin by decluttering
When downsizing your home, you’re moving into a smaller space – meaning you have to remove unwanted or unused items. Decluttering allows you to remove items you no longer need or use, making it easier to move to your new home. It also gives you a better idea of what items you need to store and the size of the storage space you will need.
Create a plan for your items
Once you have decluttered, create a plan for what items you will keep and what items you will store. This will help you stay organised and on track as you move forward with downsizing. It’s a good idea to create separate piles of items. For example, create separate piles for items you want to keep, store, donate, sell and throw out.
Consider your new lifestyle
Consider how your new lifestyle will affect your space and accessibility of belongings. For example, if you plan on travelling more, you may want to choose a smaller home that is easier to maintain while you’re away. Consider the location of your new home and how it will impact your daily life, such as proximity to work, schools or public transportation. By considering your new lifestyle, you can ensure that your new home will meet your needs and support the life you want to live.
Find a safe and secure storage unit
When downsizing, there’s a good chance you’ll have extra belongings that you don’t want to give up. Self storage provides a cost-effective and convenient solution, serving as an extension of your down-sized home. Make sure to research and compare different storage options, including size, location and cost.
Organise your belongings strategically
Once you have found the right storage unit, make sure to organise your belongings – so they are easy to find. Use storage containers or quality boxes and label them clearly.
For example, keep all holiday decorations or seasonal clothing in a single box near the front of your unit – so that you can pick them up when you need them.
Downsizing your home can be a challenging process, but with proper planning and preparation, it can also be a rewarding one. By decluttering, creating a plan, finding the right storage unit, organising your belongings and considering your new lifestyle, you can simplify your life and make the transition to a smaller home as smooth as possible.
Our friendly team at Louth Self Storage is happy to serve the broader Louth community, providing a safe and secure space to store your household belongings for as long or as short as you need. Interested in learning more? Call us at 01507 327008.