Downsizing for Retirement: Top 5 Tips

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Downsizing for Retirement: Top 5 Tips


Retirement is here! If you are considering downsizing to a smaller home, RV, or condo, you are not alone. About 42% of American adults say that they plan to downsize in retirement. This can be an exciting time — and it should be. But, downsizing can also feel stressful and overwhelming. What are you going to do with a lifetime of stuff? 


Storage can be a useful tool to help you as you downsize. At All Storage, we know how much self storage can do to ease the stress and reduce the pressure. As a leader in storage in Grand Prairie, TX, we’re here to guide you through this major life change. 


Here are our top 5 tips to make downsizing for retirement doable. 


1. Decide If Downsizing Makes Sense for You


Before you start searching for self storage in Grand Prairie, TX, you need to decide if downsizing is the right move for you. 


Downsizing offers many advantages to retirees. Moving to a smaller living situation can lower the cost of utilities, maintenance, and other upkeep. Depending on whether or not your current mortgage is paid off or not, you may be able to purchase a new home without taking on a new mortgage. 


For some, downsizing can also present some disadvantages. A smaller space may simply not have enough space for everything you want to bring with you. (But that’s where storage comes in!) It also means less space for guests to come and stay. Plus, packing and moving can be emotional processes. 


There’s no set way to do retirement, so make the decision that is best for you.


2. Declutter One Room at a Time


Once you decide that downsizing is the right move for you, it is time to start preparing for your move. Decluttering is the perfect way to start. When you take a look around, you will probably start to see that there are plenty of things that don’t need to come with you to your next home, and you will probably start to feel overwhelmed. 


Instead of feeling like you have to tackle your entire home at once, declutter one room at a time. This makes the process more sustainable, less intimidating, and easier to complete piece by piece over time.


3. Sort Between Keeper and Storage-bound Items


As you declutter, sort items between things that will be kept and things that will need to go to storage. You may also find it useful to have a category for things to give away or donate and things that have reached the end of their life cycle and need to go to trash or recycling. 


Things you may want to keep ready for your new home can include:


  • Clothes that you wear regularly
  • Essential furniture
  • Framed photos
  • Important documents like social security cards, passports, and birth certificates
  • Home goods you use often like silverware, bedding, a few pots and pans, and towels


Things you may want to prepare for storage can include:


  • Clothes and shoes that are currently out of season
  • Holiday decor 
  • Tax documents and other papers that you need to hang onto but don’t need easy access to every day 
  • Out of season sporting gear and equipment


4. Label and Organize 


The better you label and organize as you go, the easier it will be when you move and unpack. Have a detailed label that says where the box or container is going (ie. storage, new bedroom, donations) and include a short list of the general type of items that are in the box (ie. bathroom items: toothbrush holders, shower curtain, towel rack). 


5. Find a Nearby Storage Unit 


All Storage offers a variety of storage units in Grand Prairie, TX, to meet all your downsizing needs. Contact us today, and we will help you find the right sized unit for you.