How To | October 13, 2015
Moving — the one word that brings stress to the most level-headed person. The average person moves at least twice in their lifetime. There are many reasons why people move from relocating for a new job, new school or opportunity to needing a larger home or downsizing to a smaller home. In the last few years, there has been a trend to moving into smaller homes or micro apartments. This is especially true for young professionals who want to live in a desirable neighborhood, closer to their jobs or want to live downtown closer to amenities they desire. Moving and the thought of going through all your belongings, deciding what to keep, what to store, what to donate, or what to give to family members, can make the entire moving process overwhelming.
Part of the downsizing process is determining which items can be stored, donated, given away to family members, sold or thrown away. Knowing the plan or layout of your new home will allow you to determine what furniture you can bring along and how much extra storage space you’ll have. It’s always best to figure out whether your belongings will fit in your new space in advance of moving day.
Adopt a stringent and ruthless approach to what comes into your home. Don’t let the smaller space get cluttered again. Make sure that everything you bring in, everything you buy or order online is something you can store in a small space without too much effort. Do not let the clutter into your new space. Cut back on magazines or catalogs, freebies or take-aways that you receive at events. Recycle the magazines that you currently have immediately after reading. Living in a smaller space will not allow you to keep a large store of bulk items. Limit how much you buy in bulk and utilize recycling and reusable containers. The biggest challenge is to stay clutter free. A general tip is if you haven’t used something in 6 months, get rid of it.
Belongings that need to be kept, but will not fit in the smaller home can easily be stored in a storage unit. Renting a storage unit close to your new home is a great idea, so you can easily access the items when or if you need them. ezStorage has 46 storage locations in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. areas that offer a variety of household storage options from climate controlled to non-climate controlled storage units to outdoor RV and boat storage. Our storage professionals can help solve your downsizing storage needs.