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Moving Seniors into a Downsized Home or Assisted Living Facility

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June 21, 2017

Assisted Living
Relocating seniors into a smaller home or assisted living facility can be challenging. When moving into an assisted living facility, besides all of the emotions involved with leaving a home, there comes the question of what to do with their belongings. A lifetime of belongings, suitable for a family sized home, will simply not fit in an assisted living facility.

3 Top Tips for Relocating Seniors into a Downsized Home 

  1. Try Not Make the Executive Decision: The most important rule when downsizing a senior is to respect their wishes for what is kept and what gets thrown out. Moving into an assisted living facility can be a very stressful and confusing time for a senior. Help make the transition easier by allowing seniors to keep items that mean the most to them.
  2. If Possible, Let the Senior Identify Sentimental Items: Arguably the most important thing to keep is sentimental items. Sentimental items will help the senior feel at home in their new home. If space is limited in their downsized home, instead of throwing out sentimental items, and if appropriate, store them in a storage unit. When trying to decide what to throw out or keep, a storage unit can be a smart middle ground or temporary staging area.
  3. Store all Seasonal Items, Including Clothing: Seasonal items, such as Christmas decorations and any out of season clothing should not be kept in the downsized home or senior living facility. To best take advantage of the limited space, these items can be stored. This is a good way to get items not often needed, out of the house and in a safe and secure location.

Something often not considered when downsizing a senior, but many families and seniors have found helpful, is utilizing a self storage unit. At ezStorage, we take the security of your belongings very seriously. Your senior can have peace of mind knowing their storage unit is safe and secure. Is your senior worried about not being able to get to their items, when they’re needed? ezStorage has convenient gate access hours to accommodate almost any need.

Do you Have Questions About Storing a Senior’s Items? Contact Us! 

We have a variety of different sizes of storage units, ideal for storage for seniors. Whether they are looking to only store a few items, or a houseful of furniture, ezStorage has a variety of unit sizes to support them. Do you have additional questions? Contact us!

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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!