Storage Units For Downsizing Senior Parents

Are your parents thinking about downsizing to a smaller home? Have they picked out the perfect place, but they're concerned about not having room for all the treasured belongings that they've collected over the years? Moving out of a beloved family home can be a difficult time for anyone. Fortunately, there are ways to make the transition easier for your parents. Here are some ways that getting a storage unit for your parents can help:

Keep mementos: You may no longer care about the macaroni art that you created while in kindergarten, but your parents may still cherish it. Even if it's tattered and worn and they want to get rid of their excess belongings, they may have a hard time throwing it away. Renting storage units can be a good way to keep all these precious memories, without having them get in the way at their new home. Once these items are out of their home, they may later be better able to get rid of these types of items.

Store seasonal items: If your parents are moving into an active senior living community, they probably have landscapers who will mow their grass or otherwise take care of the exterior of the home. But your parents may still want to have some control over the landscaping. If allowed by the community, they may want to prune their own shrubs or mow their own grass. They may also want to keep potted plants on their porch or around their walkways to brighten up their home.

Unfortunately, the smaller size of their new home means that these landscaping and gardening implements can get in the way during the winter months. Conversely, holiday decorations may get in the way during summer months. If you can't convince your parents to give up either of these things, local storage units can be the answer. Instead of keeping these things in a backyard shed when not in season, your parents can easily put them in and take them out of storage as needed.

Crafting supplies: Now that your parents are retired and living in a smaller home, they may start taking up more hobbies to occupy their time. Your mother could take up quilting or knitting while your father starts building models or dabbling in electronics. Pretty soon, your mother's craft area could start to look like she raided the fabric store while your father may start keeping his small electric motors in the kitchen cabinets.

Keep their new home from getting overrun with hobby supplies by getting two or more storage units for them: a small one for each hobby or one larger unit for them both. This will allow your parents to continue to be social and invite friends and family over without being embarrassed by the messy clutter of one or more hobbies.