Downsizing? Here are 5 Things You Should Store Instead of Sell
Thinking of downsizing fairly soon?
Then you need to make a plan to safely store the items you want to keep in your new, smaller place.
If you don’t have enough room for everything, don’t simply sell them or get rid of them. Store them with Ten Mini Storage instead.
Here’s a list of items which you should definitely keep and store with us if you don’t have adequate space in your house.
1. Important documents
Chances are, any archived paper documents you need can be found online:
- Tax slips or CRA documents
- Pay stubs
- Bank statements
On the other hand, there are other items which are paper-only (or at the very least, very hard to replace), such as:
- Marriage licenses
- Birth or death certificates
- Legal documents
- Health records
- Investment statements
- Property deeds
If there’s no room to store them in your home, don’t just throw them away or crumple them up in a forgotten drawer.
Instead, keep them safe, secure and accessible with reliable document storage.
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2. Prized possessions
Anything that has high sentimental or personal value is worth keeping; even if you don’t have room for it at home.
Self-storage units are designed to protect valuable, fragile and antique items such as:
- Those silver candlesticks from your great-grandmother
- Your uncle’s favourite reading lamp
- Military medals which you’re great grandfather proudly earned
- Toys which your mom had as a child
These are irreplaceable items. You may not have room for them now, but at some point, you might.
Until that day comes, a storage unit is the smart option to put them away safely with the option of accessing them whenever you want.
3. Landline telephone
Like many people, you may be using your cellular device as your main telephone.
It doesn’t happen often, but there are times when your cellphone provider goes down.
Or perhaps your battery dies at the worst possible moment.
When that happens, you need a backup plan. And that’s the good ol’ fashioned landline telephone.
Ideally, you should have at least one active landline phone in your home. That way, you can always call out and be reached in case of an emergency.
And by keeping your other telephones in self-storage, you can quickly get them and install them whenever the need arises.
4. Vintage electronics
What’s old is new again:
- Vinyl records are back in vogue after CDs and digital music files
- Retro video games are popular
- DVDs (especially of movies not on Netflix) are always in-demand
So even though you may not have room for that old Nintendo system or classic turntable, you’ll still want to keep them.
They’re almost impossible to replace otherwise. And you’ll never know when you’ll get the chance to play them again.
5. Collections and collectibles
Whether it’s model cars, retro figurines or fuzzy dice, you spent time, effort and money building your collection.
Don’t let it go to waste just because you’re downsizing or having a garage sale.
Your valuable collection can only go up in value if it’s kept in mint condition.
That can’t happen in a smaller home or condo which simply doesn’t have the room.
It can happen in a safe, dry and clean self-storage unit.
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When downsizing, you have to make tough decisions on things you want to keep.
And when those decisions are made, you need to find the best place to store those items.
If they can’t remain in your home, the safest option is to place them in self-storage.