How Do I Know What Size Storage Unit I Need for Downsizing?

  • A mature couple dances playfully in their new home.
Mary and David Baker had three decades of happy memories in their four-bedroom colonial home set on a third of an acre. Four kids. Gardens every summer. Thirty Christmases.

But they’re also the kind of couple that looked forward to the next phase of life. They’d go to farmers markets every Friday, have the grandkids over for sleepovers, and enjoy the luxury of being able to drop everything on a dime and travel.

While they looked forward to downsizing, there were a few things they weren’t willing to give up. For David, it was getting the house totally decked out for Christmas. For Mary, it was the collection of antiques that simply didn’t fit in her new home, but which she knew at least one of her children would eventually put to good use.

The Best of Both Worlds with Self Storage

The Bakers had enough friends who had downsized to know that self storage could offer them the best of both worlds. They could have the organized, stylish, and manageable home they craved, while still holding onto the luxuries and extras that help make life interesting.

The only question: What size unit did they need? 

Storage Unit Size for Seniors

First, they sat down and made a list of everything they’d be storing. It included the following:

• An antique bed, desk, and armoire
• Off-season clothing and coats
• 6 boxes of Christmas decorations
• 1 box of childhood mementos for each of their children
• Various home décor items that were no longer needed

After doing a bit of decluttering, they decided that a small storage unit (about 100 square feet) would more than meet their needs. While they knew they could always stuff those items in the closets of their new home, they wanted their entire place to be clean, organized and clutter-free—and they definitely wanted to be able to enjoy their guests, especially grandchildren.

About StorageMart

At StorageMart, you can rent a unit as small as 25 square feet or so—or up to the size of a garage. We offer affordable self storage units that can be rented on a month-by-month basis and are always clean and well lit. Ready to get started? Start the easy online rental process today.

About Sarah Little

Sarah Little, Marketing Director at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of children.

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