Every day, around 10,000 Baby Boomers hit the age of 65. That’s a lot of people, many of whom are looking to downsize their lifestyle, simplify their lives, and just enjoy more with less hassle. Downsizing helps save significant amounts of money, as well. Letting go of a larger home with larger utility bills, upkeep costs, taxes, and so on can really help the retirement fund. Of course, when it comes to downsizing, there’s always the question of what to do with all that stuff you’ve accumulated over the years. Fortunately, that’s where self storage in Lawton comes in!

If you’re moving away from Lawton, Oklahoma to be closer to family (or farther away from them!) or just because you always wanted to live in Florida or California or New England, we’re sorry to see you go, but we wish you well! If you’re moving to the Lawton area, we’re happy to welcome you to our community! Storage ‘R’ Us has been a part of the Lawton business community since 1972, and our family has lived here even longer than that, so we can vouch that it’s a great place to live. Whether you’re moving to Lawton or away from us, there’s a lot that goes into downsizing your lifestyle. First things first:

Begin the Decluttering Process Early.

There are plenty of books, articles, TV shows, and YouTube videos on the subject of decluttering and downsizing your home, so you can find the one that works for you. To make your downsizing go as smoothly as the ones portrayed on those shows or in those books, however, you need a game plan before you start. Find a process that works for you, make a game plan, and then get started!

Handy Downsizing Tip: If you have heirlooms or other belongings that you’re planning to leave to your children or grandchildren, consider giving them as gifts today instead. That way you get to see your family enjoy them, and you’ll have one less thing you have to move, dust, or otherwise worry about.

Keep Only What Matters to YOU.

If you’ve been following organizing consultant Marie Kondo in her books or on her popular Netflix show, you know that she recommends keeping only items that “spark joy.” This means that anywhere from 30-70% of your stuff can go to a garage sale, Goodwill, the church, eBay, Craigslist, and so on. Chances are, you also have a lot of stuff in the basement or attic that belongs to your kids or other extended family members. Remind them that your home isn’t a warehouse and give them a deadline. Remind them that if they don’t have space for it in their own homes, self storage in Lawton can help!

Handy Downsizing Tip: When you’re downsizing, think about the rooms you won’t have in your new place. A smaller house may have fewer bedrooms, and may not have an office, a garage, or an attic. Look at what is in those rooms now and decide whether you really need it after you move.

Find a New Place to Call Home.

Before you know what you’re going to need in your new home, you need to know where you’re planning to live. Are you hoping to rent or buy a smaller home or condominium? Do you want to enjoy the benefits of a senior living community? Will you be living with one of your children, another family member, or a friend, or are you moving into an assisted living facility or retirement community? All of these living arrangements will bring different variables to the downsizing process. If you’re moving into a smaller home of your own rather than moving in with friends or family, you’ll need to hang onto more of your utility items, such as kitchen utensils.

Get Help When You Need It.

It’s important to ask for help when you need it—not just during the planning and decluttering stages, but throughout every step of the process. Your kids, family, friends, neighbors, church members, and even the staff at your friendly neighborhood Lawton self storage facility will be happy to help. Just be sure that you only ask for help from people you know that you can trust. If your family or close friends aren’t around or available, the managers and staff at Storage ‘R’ Us are always happy to help folks pack, move, and store their belongings. And with three convenient locations in Lawton, as well as others in surrounding communities, there’s bound to be a Storage ‘R’ Us near you!

Handy Downsizing Tip: There are even folks who call themselves “senior move managers” that you can hire to help you with all the details. They’ll contribute as much or as little help as you need. Not sure where to start? The National Association of Senior Move Managers has lots of member companies and can help you find one near you!

Self Storage in Lawton for the Overflow.

Just because you don’t always have room for everything in your new place doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re ready to let it go just yet. Maybe you’re trying out the “six-month test.” What’s that? If you’re not sure whether you’re ready to part with something, put it someplace out of the way—such as Lawton self storage—for six months to see if you miss it. If you decide to hang on to it for good but don’t have enough space in your new home, go ahead and keep it in Lawton self storage along with all of your other overflow, from seasonal decorations to your mother’s dining room furniture that you simply can’t part with and none of your kids can use.

With different-sized storage units and climate-controlled self storage in Lawton, Storage ‘R’ Us offers all the self storage options you need, not to mention some of the friendliest managers and staff around. With three convenient self storage locations in Lawton, we’re eager to help you move into your new home or simply find a home away from home for some of your most treasured belongings.