When you decide to downsize your home, you have to consider several factors to make it work efficiently. One important factor involves deciding what to do with the stuff that you do not want to store in your smaller, yet improved house. Should you donate your possessions to charity or is there another way that allows you to have your cake and eat it too?
The answer is yes, you can have your cake and eat it too by downsizing your home and storing the extra stuff in storage.
Benefits of Downsizing
Once the kids leave home or your home has simply become overwhelming to manage, the decision to downsize delivers several benefits.
Moving to a place that has fewer square feet means you have to prioritize what you can keep and what you should keep in storage. Downsizing is the perfect opportunity to remove the clutter that has grown into a mountain in the basement and garage, as well as in the master bedroom. The best part is you do not have to give away the clutter; you can keep it in storage.
Lower Energy Bill
Smaller residences require less energy to cool and heat. You also save money on the electrical bill by using fewer light sources. With the focus on designing environmentally friendly homes, downsizing can substantially reduce your monthly energy bill.
Easier to Manage
The big house you have lived in for decades has become too much to handle. From keeping the large lawn finely-manicured to cleaning every room according to a regular schedule, the time has come to move into something a bit more manageable.
Why Storage Is Ideal for Downsizing
By renting a storage unit, you can maintain all your possessions without having to find a place at home to store them. Here are three more reasons to downsize by using storage.
Storage Equals Better Organization
Whether you opt for a spacious unit or a smaller one, it will be much easier to organize your things. Well-lit units compare favorably to the dark corners of a basement where a shelf holds some of your possessions. Units can store everything from fine furniture to kitchen appliances.
Perfect Place for Seasonal Items
Winter holiday decorations can take up a lot of space in the garage and basement. A unit to store your stuff when you downsize can keep your holiday decorations secure and organized. Seasonal items like Halloween costumes also are candidates for storage.
For Stuff That Has No Home
There are some things that you don’t know where to put them. A storage unit is a great idea for storing the stuff you want, but have no idea where to give the stuff a home in your home.
When you decide to downsize, consider giving some of your things away and moving other things into storage. It’s another example of having your cake and eating it too.