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Downsizing is a phrase we’ve been hearing a lot recently, but it doesn’t just apply to corporations. More and more people are opting to downsize their homes for a variety of reasons, ranging from having more space than they need after kids have left home to moving to a smaller space in a retirement community to simply wanting to leave a smaller footprint. How much people downsize also varies, with some shifting from a McMansion to a condo, while others may be downsizing in a less extreme manner, simply going to a slightly smaller house, giving up only a few hundred square feet.
Downsizing has definite advantages. Going to a small space typically means paying less in taxes and utilities, as well as having less space to maintain. But there are some disadvantages as well, with the biggest being that you will obviously have less space. And storage space is usually first to get sacrificed in a smaller living space. Even reducing your living space by a few hundred square feet can mean giving up a significant amount of storage space. So how do you condense your belongings to fit your new, smaller space? Reduce and declutter.
Start by taking inventory of your belongings. Be brutally honest about what you really need to keep and get rid of anything you no longer use or want. Don’t hold on to things you think you might possibly use someday. Also look for duplicates and extra items that you can eliminate. Do you really need six casserole dishes or five extra sets of sheets? Can you get by with four chairs instead of six around your kitchen table? Once you’ve eliminated as much as you can, donate anything that’s still in good working condition.
Next, look through the items you’ve decided to keep and decide what you need to be able to access on a daily basis and what you only use occasionally. For those things that you don’t use frequently, a self storage unit is the perfect solution. Things that are good candidates for self storage include hand-me-down clothing and toys, sports equipment, seasonal clothing, seasonal decorations and lawn equipment, small business supplies, and furniture you may want later or that you want to pass on to your kids. If you’ve inherited furniture or other items from relatives who have passed, self storage is a good option for storing them as well if you don’t have a current use for them.
As you shift belongings from your home to your storage unit, take a few steps to make it as convenient as possible to retrieve items when needed. Start by organizing everything by either room or function. Be sure to label the contents of every box. Think about how often you may need access to the items in each box and put those that you don’t anticipate needing frequently in the back of the unit or on the bottom of stacks. Keep a master list of everything you’ve moved into your storage unit and be sure to update the list if you add or remove items.
AAA Self Storage of Topeka has a variety of sizes of self storage units to choose from to accommodate any needs. If you have delicate items that are vulnerable to extreme temperatures, we have climate controlled unit available. You will have convenient access to your storage unit at any time, day or night, 365 days a year. At AAA Self Storage of Topeka, we make it a priority to ensure the safety of the items you have chosen to store with us as well as your personal safety. Our property is equip with video cameras and access is restricted, requiring a passcode to gain access to and from the property.
Knowing that your belongings are stored in a safe place that you can access whenever needed will make downsizing feel like less of a sacrifice and allow you to enjoy your new home. Find us in Silver Lake, Auburn, Mayetta and other surrounding areas. Contact AAA Self Storage of Topeka to find the location nearest you!