We’ve already looked at how to declutter your home in preparation for downsizing. And we’ve looked at using a separate storage unit for household belongings that won’t fit in your new home.
On the flip side of that, let’s tackle the issue of getting rid of a storage unit you no longer want. Much like the decluttering phase for your house, you’ll need to go through the items in the storage unit and determine whether or not you can live without them.
Getting rid of a storage unit
1. Family heirlooms.
Give them to other family members or relatives who would appreciate the sentimental value. If it’s in a storage unit, chances are you haven’t looked at it or used it in a long time, so evaluate whether or not it really is something to hold onto.
2. What can be sold?
Put a few ads on Craigslist, Kijiji or UsedNanaimo. You may be surprised by the response you get. Sometimes a family less fortunate than yours may want to buy some of the items and it’s a great feeling to help out someone who might not be as lucky as you are.
3. Donate to the Salvation Army or local Charity of your choice.
We all know there are a lot of people in need out there. So why not support those families by “recycling” some of your unneeded possessions. Just because you no longer want the item, doesn’t mean someone else won’t appreciate it. Be sure the items are in reasonable condition though and don’t use the charity as a dumping ground for items that no longer work or are in poor condition. Call ahead to find out what they’ll accept or what they need.
A lot of recycling companies such as the Return-It Depots now accept a large number of home electronic items. Some even accept old paint cans and other household hazardous materials. Check their website at www.Return-It.ca for more information about what is acceptable and what’s not, or give them a call if you have a specific item you are unsure of.
For items you simply have no use for, or which don’t work, take them to the garbage dump located at 1105 Cedar Rd. Most items that can’t be recycled can be taken here, but check the website at www.rdn.bc.ca for more information and hours of operation.
Whether you’re currently in the market or are just making the final decision to downsize, call Ian Thompson at RE/MAX of Nanaimo today at (250) 751-1223 and let him help you find the perfect home.