Thinking of downsizing? Many seniors embark on this much-needed transitional journey that can be both liberating and overwhelming. Parting with a lifetime’s worth of belongings is not an easy feat and it often comes with mixed emotions. Whether you’re downsizing for retirement or it is the next step in your life, here are some simple tips to get you started.
Start with sorting through all of your belongings
When you’re sorting through your belongings, it’s natural to face resistance when parting with certain items. We recommend decluttering and getting rid of anything that you don’t have an emotional attachment to, which helps to get your mind going in the mode of letting go. Start with one room at a time and create a system of boxes labelled:
- Throw away
- Store away
- Document (for items you want to take pictures of and digitize before throwing away)
Start with one room at a time. It helps to create a schedule over a span of a few weeks to ease the overwhelm and so you know what to expect.
Talk to your local SE Calgary storage company
For most seniors, the goal of downsizing is to only keep things that will fit in a smaller home, townhome, condo, or apartment. However, there are certain items that can be used by friends or family members in the future. Often, these are memorabilia that increase in value, kitchen appliances, furniture, sports gear, lawn equipment, tools, and more. Small storage units in SE Calgary are the perfect solution for items that you don’t have room for but don’t want to part with just yet. A move-in-ready residential storage unit can help ease the process of downsizing and provides you with extra storage space that is protected, secure, and accessible.
At Alberta Storage Place, the positive feedback we receive from our seniors is that we are not in a big hurry and we treat our clients with respect. We take the time to answer any questions. We provide moving and packing supplies, and cargo trailer rental to help streamline the process so you don’t have to go elsewhere for these items. We can also provide you with some valuable tips and information on what you can store and how to keep your unit organized. Check out what you need when renting a storage unit in Calgary to get you started on the right foot.
Organize as you go
The reality is, downsizing is a big undertaking and can feel overwhelming. Take your time and organize as you go. Once you’ve spoken with a SE Calgary self-storage company, you’ll have a better idea of how much storage space you need and can begin to organize your belongings accordingly. You will also have the convenience of accessing your residential storage unit when you need to and transferring the items that you’d like to keep into your unit as you go through each room. If you’re ready to downsize, remember that you don’t have to tackle it all at once and you have resources available that will help make the process smooth and easy for this monumental moment in your life.