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Tips for Downsizing a Senior’s Home

Tips for Downsizing a Senior's Home

Moving. It is one word that brings stress to the most level-headed person. The average person moves at least twice in their lifetime.  There are many reasons why people move from relocating for a new job, new school or opportunity, needing a larger home or downsizing to a smaller home. There are a lot of different tips and tricks  to help make the moving experience easier for the entire family including pets.  If it is time to consider downsizing your home, the thought of going through all your belongings and deciding what to keep, what to store, what to donate, or what to give to family members can make entire moving process extremely overwhelming.

For senior citizens the decision to downsize to a smaller home can be a difficult decision. They might require to move to a smaller home due for many reasons ranging from health issues, cost of living or they can no longer do the maintenance on a larger home.  Regardless of whether seniors are moving into a smaller apartment, in with family, or into an assisted living facility, there will need to be time to go through belongings and organize items for the move.  Downsizing a home for a senior can be both challenging and emotional for the senior as well as the family and friends helping with the move.  For many seniors, downsizing is an emotional task that brings physical challenges as well. If the senior has lived in the home for a long-time, there is a lifetime of memories to sort through.

Downsizing and Self Storage

Part of the downsizing process is determining which items can be stored, donated, given away to family members, sold or thrown away. Belongings that need to be kept, but will not fit in the smaller home can easily be stored in a storage unit. Renting a storage unit close to the senior’s new home is a great idea, then the senior can have access to their items at the storage unit. Storing the items in the storage unit will also give the senior and family members more time to sort through items. Stop N Stor has  6 location in the Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah  areas that offer a variety of storage options from climate controlled to non-climate controlled storage units to outdoor RV and boat storage.  Our storage professionals can help solve your downsizing storage needs.  

Downsizing and Packing Tips

Moving to a smaller apartment or condo can be a difficult task as it requires a lot of planning and sorting through personal belongings.

  • The first step for moving and downsizing is sorting through the many belongings of the home. When moving to a smaller home, keeping everything is not an option.
  • Getting family members and friends involved in the sorting and moving process. Loved ones can help make decisions can help designate items for family members. This will allow the senior to know that the items are going to a place where they’ll continue to be well cared for.
  • Create a sorting system to make the downsizing process easier to handle. Make a list of what you need to do and when it needs to be completed. This will help keep the project organized and on task. Make lists of the things to keep and place in storage, things to give to family members, and items that can be donated or sold.
  • Do the downsizing project room by room. Do not attempt to do the project all in one day. Don’t forget to go through the attic, basement, and closets. These could be items that can be quickly sorted and put into a storage unit.
  • Know the plan or layout of your new home. This will help you know what furniture you can bring along and how much storage space you’ll have access to. You can figure out where your belongings will be placed ahead of time to make the moving day less stressful for everyone. If there is access to the new home, move your items over in several trips before the official moving day.

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