How to Use Storage to Downsize Your Home

Senior couple with moving boxes

If you’re moving to a new home, whether for a new job or because your children have moved out, then you might be looking to downsize to a smaller house. Or maybe you are planning on moving and haven’t decided if downsizing is meant for you. There are several perks to downsizing homes. Not only can it provide a new beginning, but it can give you more time and money.

Why Downsize?

You may be on the fence about downsizing, especially if you don’t know where to keep all of your belongings. But there are several benefits to moving into a smaller house, especially if all of your children have moved out, you have extra space you don’t need, or you just want less to keep up with.

Start Over Again in a New Home

Downsizing can also provide a new beginning for you. Sometimes in life, new beginnings can help turn things around for the better, which is why downsizing could be the perfect opportunity for you. You can select a new home, store any items that you don’t use much, and start a new life.

Save Time with a Smaller House

Downsizing can also help you save time, especially with the upkeep of your home. If you currently live in a big home, cleaning and upkeep can be extremely time-consuming. But when you downsize, there will be less to clean, which helps save you time that you can put towards enjoyable things you rather be doing with your time.

Cut Costs and Save More Money

If you’re looking to save money, downsizing can help with that too. A smaller home means your bills and costs will be cut. This can help you save more money for traveling, investing, buying a new car, or something else that you have been wanting for a while.

But with downsizing comes the question as to what you will do with all of your belongings and furniture that won’t fit in your new home. Some of these items may be sentimental to you and your family, and you may not be ready to get rid of them quite yet, while others can be donated or sold. You’ll need to figure out what to do with the items you are keeping, which is where renting a storage unit comes in.

Decide What will Go in the Storage Unit

If you’ve decided to use a storage unit to store your belongings and downsize your house, deciding what will go into your new home and what will go into storage can help save you a lot of time and money, especially if done before you move. Make a list of all the items you plan to put in the storage unit. This way, you have an inventory to refer to when you’re looking for certain items down the road.

Pre-Pack and Prepare Your Items for Storage

Once you have an inventory of what will be going into your storage unit, measure all of your items, especially any furniture. This can help you rent the correct size storage unit to store all of your belongings. Before the day comes to move your items into the storage unit, you can also pre-pack your items to help the day run faster, more efficiently, and smoother. Prepare your furniture for the move to the unit, whether that means wrapping it in moving blankets or protecting it with foam. Pack all your smaller items in boxes and be sure to label each box. Then group categories together to make it easier to find things later on.

Move into Your Storage Unit Before You Move Houses

When you finally have everything situated for your move and storage unit, consider moving everything that you want to store into your unit before the big moving day comes around. If you’ve hired movers, this can help save you time and money because movers typically charge by the hour. Not only that, but it will make your moving day a little shorter, less hectic, and easier for everyone. It can also help to prevent your storage boxes from getting mixed with boxes going to your new home.

Choose the Right Storage Unit for You

After knowing the number of items and measurements of everything going into the storage unit, you can select a unit that is the perfect size for you. But before you do so, be sure to look around at all of the different options offered to you in your area. Some storage facilities offer several sizing options in addition to climate-controlled units.

At Timpanogos Storage, we have different sizes for you to choose from and also offer regular and temperature-controlled units. This gives you the option to store anything that you need. We also have top-notch security and competitive rates in the area, which makes us a great facility to store all your items for downsizing! Contact us to reserve your secure storage unit today.