A Guide to Downsizing Your Home
As the housing market trends upwards in price, people all over the country are taking advantage of the opportunity to finally downsize into a home that aligns with their lifestyle. But we know downsizing can be an intimidating prospect, so we’ve compiled the best tips to make the most out of a downsize, as well as dodge some of the pitfalls that might catch you along the way.
Be Mindful of the Lifestyle
Perhaps it goes without saying, but if you intend to downsize, you need to plan ahead and make sure you have few enough belongings to fit in the decreased amount of space. If you have a lot of possessions, you may need to consider giving some of them away before downsizing.
However, you can get around that through the help of a storage unit near you. Self storage allows you to hold onto items that have value—sentimental or otherwise—regardless of the size of your home. It’s an unbeatable safety net along the way.
Consider these questions before embarking on your downsizing journey, too: Will your furniture fit? Would you feel cramped? Do you feel obligated to keep something because you dished out money for it, and is that a good enough reason to hold onto it?
Take Generous Time to Prepare
When weighing the practical details of downsizing, do yourself a favor and set aside a generous amount of time to prepare. Here are a few things you’ll need to do:
- Plan space carefully. Measure tables, couches, beds—basically everything bigger than a microwave. Decide if each item has a place in your new space.
- Sell, trade, or store items. Depending on how small you want to go with your new home, everything you own should have a dedicated place and a purpose. Clutter should not be allowed.
- Digitize what you can. Whether it’s receipts, financial documents, business paperwork, or something else, try to scan/upload as much as you can. It could save you a filing cabinet’s worth of space, or more.
Taking time to prepare also allows you to strike in the housing market when the perfect home comes on the market, as you won’t have to rush to get all your ducks in a row.
The Merits of Self Storage When Downsizing
Self storage provides multiple benefits during downsizing. It gives you a place for belongings so you aren’t forced into stuffing them into a new home that may not have space for them. It provides logistical support during the move. And, it lets you keep the things that are most important to you, even as you move into a smaller home.
At Acorn Mini Storage, we’ve offered our services to the wider Twin Cities area for over three decades. We’d like to help you, too! From a variety of storage unit sizes and a free use of a rental truck on select units, you should have every option available to ease the process of moving, and complete the perfect downsize for the next stage of your life. Rent your unit today!