First things first, you need to know how much storage space you’ll have at your new home. Melody Living assisted living units each have generous closet space with spacious floor plans, but you want to be sure you’re filling your storage space with meaningful, necessary, and useful items. Consider the floor plan of your new space and plan out where larger pieces of furniture or décor might fit. Schedule a tour of the community and walk through the various unit options to help identify what size or layout will work best for you.
Donate Them or Host an Estate Sale
The easiest and most efficient option is to donate any unwanted items or coordinate an estate sale for a bit of extra cash. For donations, most thrift stores will take items without needing an initial inspection and some can even pick them up from your location. Most thrift stores have drop-off locations to make dropping off your belongings more streamlined.
Give To Family
Let your family and loved ones go through the belongings you are ready to let go of. An easy way to keep things organized is to give each person a set of colored stickers to label each item. Then, each person can take their chosen items and you know everything will be going to a good home where they will continue to be taken care of for years to come.
Opt for a Storage Unit
If you have a lot of items that you aren't quite ready to let go of yet, or your family may not be ready to take, such as larger items that are more difficult to transport, consider renting out a storage unit. Make sure you find a unit that offers ample security to ensure the safety of your belongings until you’re ready to address them again.
Downsizing may seem like a daunting task to undertake, but we hope these few tips will help make it a bit simpler and give new purpose to the items you choose to let go of. Be sure to schedule a private tour for you and your loved one to see how our senior retirement apartments can be the perfect space for a new beginning in Lake in the Hills. To learn more about Melody Living assisted living in McHenry County, feel free to give us a call at (847) 957-7070 or schedule a private tour on our contact page.