Does your family give you a hard time about holding on to too many things? Are you cramped for space but can’t seem to bring yourself to throw away your children’s artwork or family heirlooms?
You’re not alone.
Holding onto items that remind you of the past offers a safe, comfortable feeling. Detaching from those physical objects can often feel like you’re detaching from a past memory. Once gone, you can’t get it back.
Still, living with too much stuff can clutter your house and your psyche. At it’s extreme levels, half of hoarders show signs of depression, and 20% struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, according to the Archives of General Psychiatry.
If you’re starting to feel cramped, it might be time to downsize. By getting a storage unit close by, you can move your stuff out of the house without having to deal with the heavy emotions of tossing everything out.
Still not convinced it’s time to make that move? Here are some of the top benefits of downsizing.
Stressed out about where to put this year’s holiday decorations? If you’re out of room and feeling overwhelmed with how many things you have in your house, moving them out can free up space in your home and in your mind. You’ll feel less overwhelmed because you’ll have more space to put the things you want to keep on hand, without having to part from the other items you only need periodically.
Do you use your extra rooms as storage containers? Bigger isn’t better in this case. If you’re retired or if your kids have moved out, it might be time to downsize. You’ll save money by moving to a smaller home and using a storage facility to keep those extra belongings you’re not ready to part with yet.
This is one of the best perks (unless you’re the type of person who loves to clean.) If you don’t have as many rooms to clean, you won’t have to break out the duster, mop, and broom quite as often. Instead, you’ll have more free time to spend on activities you actually want to participate in.
If the kids are moved out and you’re ready for a change, try downsizing. You won’t have to suddenly split from past memories. By moving some of your belongings to a self-storage container, you’ll hold on to the important items and still feel less crowded in your home.