Are Your Parents Downsizing? 3 Tips For Helping Them Set Up An Organized Storage Unit

If your parents requested your assistance with their downsizing efforts, you might be eager to volunteer to help transport their belongings to a personal storage unit. While you may be happy to help, you may also know that setting up an efficient system is the best way to keep your parents safe and allow them to quickly find their items when they are needed. As you get ready to dive in to this family project, use these tips to impress your parents with your organizational skills.

Choose Clear Bins

When possible, choose clear plastic bins that allow your parents to see at a glance exactly what each one contains. Then, encourage them to pack items that go together in the same box. For instance, they may place their holiday decorations in a clear bin along with other items that they may need during that time such as wrapping paper. This helps to maximize space, and it reduces the amount of searching they will need to do when they arrive to retrieve specific items.

Use Strategic Placement

Storage units typically have one main entrance, which means that anything in the back will be harder to access. Try to plan your parents' storage unit layout with enough space in the middle for them to move things from the back to the front. It is also helpful to make sure that the items that they need frequently, such as lawn equipment, are stored near the front while memorabilia is stored toward the back.

Add Shelves

An organized storage unit will not stay that way for long if your parents must shuffle boxes around. Help them avoid injury and frustration by putting shelves in the storage unit that allow one box to be moved at a time. This also helps your parents make use of vertical space so that the unit does not get too full.

Draw a Map

Ideally, your parents should accompany you on the last drop off trip so that you can show them where everything is located. However, it is also helpful to have a map that your parents can use when they visit the unit on their own. This doesn't have to be fancy. Just a pen and paper drawing will do. Once you've drawn the layout, make sure to leave it in a prominent area of the unit so that your parents can easily find it.

The next few weeks will be busy with all of sorting and packing that your family will do. Yet, that doesn't mean that organization has to be forgotten. By implementing just a few simple strategies, you can give your parents an organized storage unit to celebrate their efforts at downsizing. Visit sites like to learn more about unit options.

About Me

Storage Tips from an Avid Collector

While I have collected coins my entire life, after I retired, I decided to fill my free time building many other collections. I love performing the research on collectibles and deciding which new ones to begin focusing on. I have since begun collecting stamps, figurines, and sports cards. While my new hobbies filled my free time well, I soon realized my collections were also filling my home! I then realized I had to place some collectibles in storage. I then began researching how to keep collectibles in good condition storage and learned a lot. I am happy to say my collections are still in perfect shape, even after many years in storage. I am eager to share my storage tips with other collectors on my new blog!



Latest Posts

14 December 2020
Maximizing interior space is challenging in both traditional homes and apartments with limited square footage. Closets, drawers, garages, and storage

29 June 2020
Statistics show that the average American can expect to move 11.4 times during his or her lifetime. One of these moves might take place when a person

14 February 2020
Do you dread the idea of having to move in the near future? This can lead you to hire a full service moving company to take care of everything for you