Trusted Since 1988

Icon
Use Current Location

The Tidy Life

Downsizing Tips for Helping Seniors Move

How To

May 8, 2017

Helping Seniors Move
As the Boomer population continues to retire, many seniors are looking to downsize their homes. This requires giving belongings away to friends and family, donating to charities, or storing items in a self-storage unit. Below are tips for helping seniors move while saving time and money for downsizing seniors.

Inventory Household Items

Downsizing is the process of reducing the size of your home. This also requires reducing the number of items that are stored in your home. The first step to effectively downsize is to take an inventory of your household belongings. These items will then be placed into four categories:

  • Items to move into your new home
  • Items to give away to friends and family
  • Items to donate to a charity
  • Items to store in a self-storage unit

Giving Items Away to Friends and Family

After determining which items will be moved into your new home, the next group of belongings for downsizing seniors are those that will be given away to friends and family. These household items typically include family heirlooms, or those items with sentimental value. This could also include furniture that will no longer fit into your new home. Large dressers, dining room tables, or couches could be given away to family members who have space and needs for them. If you’re willing to part with them, other items that remind you of a time you spent with someone special, may also be given away before downsizing into your new home.

Donating Items to Charity

This aspect of downsizing for seniors is an opportunity to help others while also improving your own living situation. In a smaller home, typically there is less closet or storage space. A condominium, for example, may also not have a basement. Taking an inventory of your closets, basements and attics would usually help find quality items to donate to a charity. Clothing, hats or winter jackets that you no longer wear, for example, would be gladly accepted by a donation center. Toys that grandchildren used to play with that occupy space in your basement are another example of household items that could be donated while seniors are downsizing.

Storing Items in a Self-Storage Unit

A self-storage unit is an effective downsizing service for seniors. Seasonal decorations are an example of items that are ideally kept in a self-storage unit when downsizing. You will only need your Halloween or Christmas decorations for a limited time. These are items that seniors could store in a self-storage unit and retrieve when needed. If you have patio or lawn furniture that doesn’t have place just yet in your new home, these items could also be stored in self-storage by downsizing seniors. Self-storage is a great option for seniors or anyone else looking to downsize and it gives you the option of deferring how you will downsize those special items you took a lifetime to acquire and may not yet want to part with.

Find the Right Storage Solution for Your Loved One Today

Our self-storage professionals will be happy to answer any questions about the downsizing services that we can assist with. This could include storage unit size, features and climate control, to arranging a unit for more easy access. Find an ezStorage facility near you or call us today – we’d love to help make you and your loved one’s transition as easy as possible.

Looking for Tips on Storing Your Belongings?

Explore our solutions tips below to get tips and advice on how to properly store your belongings.

English Spanish

Ada Icon
click to launch chat

What size home are you storing?

1 Bedroom Apartment

2 Bedroom Apartment

2-3 Bedroom House

4+ Bedroom House

Single Dorm Room

Studio Apartment

5x5 locker

5' x 5' (25 sq ft) (Locker)

Half the height of our standard 5' x 5', our lockers will hold personal items, clothes boxes, business records and sale rep materials. This is our smallest storage unit. Available at most locations.

5x5 unit size

5' x 5' (25 Sq. Ft.) (standard closet size)

How big is a 5x5? A 5x5 will hold personal items, clothes, boxes, small furniture items, business records and sales rep materials.

5x10 unit size

5' x 10' (50 Sq. Ft.) (walk-in closet size)

Will hold small amounts of furniture, boxspring and mattress, business records and other small items.

10x10 unit size

10' x 10' (100 Sq. Ft.) (standard bedroom size)

Will hold a 1 bedroom apartment w/major appliances, other furniture and supplies.

10x15 unit size

10' x 15' (150 Sq. Ft.) (1/2 standard one-car garage size)

What will fit in a 10x15? This size storage-unit will hold contents of a 2 bedroom apartment or house including appliances and boxes, or commercial storage inventory.

10x20 unit size

10' x 20' (200 Sq. Ft.) (standard one-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 3 bedroom apartment or house plus major appliances and lots of boxes. Business storage, ideal for storage racks.

10x30 unit size

10' x 30' (300 Sq. Ft.) (standard two-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 4 to 5 bedroom house with major appliances and room for boxes. Business storage for files, equipment and permanent records.

Renting Online is Simple

  1. Select the storage unit size you’re interested in.
  2. Click on “Rent Now” and follow the steps.
  3. Select the autopay option.
  4. Once completed, you will receive an email with your storage unit number and access code.
  5. To reduce person-to-person contact, don’t forget to bring your own lock. Don’t already have a lock? No problem you can stop by the rental office to buy one on your first visit!