Whether you’re moving to a smaller place or someone is moving into yours, downsizing can feel like a monumental task. Perhaps you just want to downsize the number of things in your home—whatever the reason, getting rid of personal possessions can leave you feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Getting organized, collaborating with others, and seeking the help of professionals will streamline any downsizing process.
Unless you’re on your own, it’s important to have multiple discussions with your loved ones, friends, or roommates. Get organized by making lists together. What do you need to keep? What would you like to keep? And what needs to go? Making decisions for others can lead to conflict down-the-line, so be prepared to negotiate and be reasonable. Start by getting rid of items you agree can be recycled or thrown away. To help decide what can be sold or donated, think about how often you actually use them. If it’s been a couple years, it’s unlikely you’ll need them again. Imagine you lost everything: what do you need to replace ASAP? Those items are your essentials. If you’re moving in with someone, think about which belongings are better quality, work with your new space, match the rest of the décor, etc. Be flexible.
When it’s time to start moving things around, the self storage units in your area will be a huge help. Items that you want to donate or sell can be kept safe and clean in a variety of unit sizes while you look for places to donate or for buyers. Abacus Self Storage serves the Greater Toronto Area and has bright, clean, secure storage units with award-winning customer service. We offer short- and long-term storage options for residential and commercial needs. Your unit will have a personal security code for safe access, and our facility is climate-controlled, so any temperature sensitive items will be protected. If you need supplies, we have boxes, locks, tape, and other handy items whenever you need them. Some of our units come in extra small sizes, in case you only need a bit of help. If you’re downsizing your business, we can also help with commercial storage units in North York and the surrounding areas.
In your new, smaller abode, take inspiration from the tiny home trend and use creative storage ideas. Install floor-to-ceiling shelves and buy furniture that has drawers and hollow storage bodies as part of their structure. Some storage won’t be as easily accessible due to stacking, so put lesser used items in harder to reach places—this might mean keeping some things in the ‘wrong room’ to maximize efficiency. People often forget about the space under things, and you can protect items sitting on the floor with clothes bags, unused luggage, and slim containers.
Abacus Self Storage offers discounts for rental pre-payment, so be sure to plan ahead. For self storage options in Thornhill or anywhere in the GTA, contact us for a tour of the facility and learn how we can help you downsize!
Short-term storage is an excellent option for any items in-flux. If you need help figuring out the best way to sell some of your things, this Lifehacker guide is a good resource.
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