23 Aug Self Storage Lockers for Kamloops Seniors Who Have Downsized
If you’re a senior downsizing from a house to an apartment in Kamloops, a storage locker can make the process much easier. Moving to a smaller place with far less square footage than a house is always challenging, especially if you have been in the same home for many years and have accumulated belongings over several decades. It typically goes with out saying, that you won’t be able to move all of your belongings into your apartment.
When downsizing, a little preparation goes a long way. Months before you start shopping around Kamloops for storage lockers, you’ll need to have a plan. The following are a few tips to help you get started.
Identify Belongings for Sale, Donation, or Giveaway
In the months before your big move, take an inventory of your house’s contents. Room by room, make a list of items you can sell, recycle, dispose of, donate, or give away. What’s left is what you’ll either move to your apartment or move to your storage locker.
When the list is complete, choose days on the calendar to begin decluttering:
- Advertise items for sale in local classified ads
- Take recyclables to recycling depots
- Take items for donation to local thrift shops
- Call people to whom you are giving items to and arrange a date for pick up
Consider “Downsizing” Your Furniture
In most houses you have room for overstuffed furniture, 4-seat sofas, armchairs or lounge chairs. While some of these furnishing may fit in your new apartment, you can prevent your new place from feeling cramped by replacing large furniture with new furniture – chosen to fit the smaller scale of an apartment.
Find the Right Size Storage Locker
Call Kamloops storage companies about storage locker sizes and rates. Clients choose Valleyview Mini Storage because we have 45+ different locker sizes, competitive prices, a convenient location and storage access hours (7am – 7pm, seven days per week). We also have the latest in climate-controls and security, including video surveillance and FOB-card-only access to storage areas.
Buy Moving Boxes and Packing Supplies
Valleyview Mini Storage carries a good selection of boxes and packing supplies. While you may be tempted to use old grocery store boxes, they can be more trouble than the little money you’ll save is worth. Used grocery boxes frequently don’t have lids, are sometimes waxed, or have taken on the odour of the produce they once contained. Used produce boxes are often damp from being in cold storage. That dampness can lead to mold and mildew damage to belongings in the box, and airborne mold spores may migrate to other belongings in your storage locker.
Here is a basic list of moving and storing supplies:
- Packing tape
- Bubble wrap
- Packing paper
Read the following blog posts for information about how to pack and store belongings:
- “How to Estimate the Right Size Storage Unit”
- “How to Pack Your Kamloops Storage Unit Efficiently and Safely”
Receive a Free Estimate for a Kamloops Storage Locker
If you’re considering renting a storage locker in Kamloops and have questions about locker sizes, rates or what you are permitted to store, contact the helpful staff at Valleyview Mini Storage. We can answer questions and help guide you to the best option for you.