Hundreds of Canadians move homes each year. In fact, a Harris/Decima survey found that 20 per cent of Canadians have had to downsize their space.
Downsizing can come from a change in lifestyle, employment or even a choice. If it is time for you to downsize your home the process does not have to be stressful. With some planning and the right tools, clearing away your cutter can be a rejuvenating experience.
Whether you are moving across town or across the country, there are some simple ways to make the downsizing process go smoother.
The Benefits of Downsizing
There are many good reasons to downsize your home and the change can be good for you. Some of the benefits of downsizing include:
Moving can be an exciting time, even if you are moving into a smaller space. It is a new beginning full of promise. It also presents an opportunity to let go of items that don’t really matter and to declutter your life.
With a smaller space, you will find that it takes less time to clean and maintain. This means you will have more free time to do things that you really want to do.
A smaller home will also cut your bills and costs down too. This frees up cash for saving, investing, travelling or buying something special.
Tips for Downsizing
Although the idea of downsizing can seem daunting, with some planning and the right tools the job can be done faster than expected. Here are some ways to make the downsizing process go smoothly.
Schedule your move
Know your space
Sort storage first
Tackle one room at a time
Strategize your packing
Move into your storage space first
Your move will go smoother if you give yourself enough time to plan and pack. The more time you have the better. Depending on how much time you have, you can tackle the sorting process slowly. Try spending no more than 2-3 hours a day. This will ensure that the moving process does not overwhelm you.
Before you can plan what items you will bring and what items you will store, you need to know the size of the space you are moving to. Get the measurements of your new home and compare them to the place you are moving from. Be aware of the different room sizes as well. This will help you determine which rooms will need to be reduced the most.
Clearing out your storage spaces first can be the best way to start the downsizing process. Most often our storage rooms are full of items that we don’t use but are reluctant to give away. Yet, these are the items that should be the first to go. Either sell them or move them into your storage unit.
You will find the job less daunting if you do it little by little. Some people even find it helpful to break down a room into smaller tasks. For example, do one drawer at a time in the kitchen.
To make the unpacking process easier when you get to your new place, organize the packing up process. One way to do this is to label boxes by colours. For example, all items from the kitchen are put in boxes that get marked with yellow, all living room items are put in boxes that are marked with red, etc.
Try to have all the boxes and items that you want to store away put into your storage unit before the movers arrive to take you to your new home. The less work the movers have to do, the more time and money you will save.
Even if you are able to purge most of the belongings you don’t use, when you get to your new space you may still have too much stuff. This is when having a storage unit can come in handy as it means you can downsize further anytime you need to.
Find the Right Storage for Downsizing
Putting your possessions in a storage unit helps you secure your belongings without having to fit them into your new, smaller home. Storage units offer customers the benefit of having their belongings nearby, but not the headache of clutter at home. There is a wide range of items that you can keep in a storage unit. Whether you need to store boxes, furniture, sports equipment or appliances, a self-storage unit is the ideal spot.
A storage unit is an ideal way to safely and securely keep possession that you don’t use often. It can also be a good place to store furniture, mementos and other treasures you no longer have room for in your home. However, there are some things you should look for in a storage unit when you are downsizing:
Climate controlled units
If you are downsizing it is not always easy to tell how big your storage unit needs to be. So, it is a good idea to find a storage unit provider that offers a range of sizes.
The weather in Toronto can be extreme and you will want to ensure that your belongings will not be damaged in the different seasons. Climate controlled units maintain a constant temperature and humidity for the safety of your belongings.
It is best if your storage unit is nearby your home so that you can easily access your valuables.
If you are preparing to downsize your home, the process can seem overwhelming. However, moving can actually be an exciting time. If you start early, take is slow, create a list and use a labelling system your move will go smoother.
You will be able to see your downsizing as a new adventure. With a little planning, a strategy and the right tools, downsizing can be made a lot easier.
For more information about finding the right storage unit for your downsizing move, call Jiffy Self Storage at 416-745-4339 or contact us here.