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. If you’ve made the decision that it’s the right time to consider downsizing your home, the thought of going through all your belongings and deciding what to keep and what to discard can make the process even more overwhelming. For senior citizens the decision to downsize can be a difficult decision. They might require moving to a smaller home due to many reasons ranging from health issues, cost of living or they can no longer keep up the maintenance of a large home. Regardless of whether seniors are moving into a smaller apartment, in with family, or into an assisted living facility, you will undoubtedly need to downsize and begin the chore of going through their belongings.
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. There can be a lifetime of memories to sort through, which can be a daunting task. For many seniors, downsizing is an emotional task that brings physical challenges as well. However, there are ways to start the process that can help make it far less daunting. Moving to a smaller apartment or condo can be a difficult task as it requires a lot of planning and sorting through personal belongings.
Tips for Downsizing Your Home
- Once decision to move to a smaller home has been made, the next step is to start to sort through the belongings. Unfortunately keeping everything is not an option for moving to the newer home. Just like with planning a regular move, a system should be created 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. You can also make lists of the things you know you want to keep, things to give to family members, and things you can donate or sell.
- Do not attempt to go through everything in one day. Go through room by room. If possible, move your items to your new home before the official moving day. This will help to eliminate doing it all at one time and will allow the family to see how much space there is for other items. Don’t forget to go through the attic, basement, and closets. These could be items that can be quickly sorted.
- Getting family members and friends involved in the sorting and moving process. Loved ones can help make decisions and 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.
- 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.
Downsizing and Self Storage
Part of the moving and downsizing process should be to determine which items can be stored, donated, given away to family members, sold or thrown away. Renting a storage unit close to the new home is a great idea. Belongings that need to be kept, but will not fit in the smaller home can easily be stored in a storage unit and the senior can still 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. Magellan Storage has 7 location in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas with a variety of storage options from climate controlled to non-climate controlled to RV and boat storage. Our storage professionals can help solve your downsizing storage needs.