As the nation’s 17th best spot to retire, the Phoenix Metro area is experiencing a retirees boom. People from across the U.S. and around the world are flocking to Phoenix, Sun City, Mesa, and Chandler to enjoy its unique combination of beautiful weather, fun entertainment options, and a relatively low cost of living.
So what happens when you’re ready to retire in the Phoenix area and find yourself with way too much stuff? You have all your kids’ childhood memorabilia, decades of photo albums, holiday decor, and on and on. You don’t want to get rid of it, but you no longer have space for it all.
In fact, half of all people over age 60 feel ready to shed some belongings. This is where a company like Callbox comes in. Callbox uses a new concept in self-storage that makes downsizing as refreshing as a warm Phoenix breeze.
A web-based inventory system tracks and displays every item you have in storage. This means you can see and store your belongings easily, sending them back and forth to the secure storage facility whenever you need them. Plus, storage facility staff can do all the packaging and heavy lifting for you.
How Do I Start Downsizing for Retirement?
The first step to successfully downsizing with self-storage is to organize and categorize your belongings. Group them into things you use daily and less frequently.
Your daily items will stay with you. Whether you remain in your current home for retirement and just downsize your belongings, or move to another location that’s smaller and downsize accordingly, give careful thought to what you truly need to use every day.
Less-frequently used items can go into storage. For example, your thickest sweatshirts and jackets will only be used rarely during a cool Phoenix winter, so they’re ideal for storage. Similarly, your collectibles and collections don’t need frequent access so group them together to be stored.
What Kinds of Items Should I Send to Storage?
Many types of household items, sports equipment, seasonal decor, and extra furniture are ideal for storage. Here’s a list for easy reference:
- Collectibles and collections
- Rarely-used housewares/appliances
- Out of season clothing
- Kayaks and paddleboards
- Sports equipment, including bicycles
- Camping, hiking, and fishing gear
- Holiday decor
- Air mattresses, pillows, and bedding
- Extra furniture and lighting
- Luggage, travel gear, and car racks
- Heirlooms and jewelry
- Large rugs
What if I Have a Craft, Hobby, or Sport?
Great news! You can actually expand your activities through self-storage, rather than limiting them. Storage gives you options to explore a new hobby or sport without worrying about where you’ll put everything.
So go ahead and try something like scrapbooking or sailing for the first time, and store all the stuff in your storage facility. It frees up your options, frees up your mind, and frees you from having too much stuff.
Is it Worth the Cost of Storing Items in Retirement?
You might wonder whether storing your stuff is truly a cost-effective solution for retirement. We’ll let you in on a secret: It’s a huge cost-saver. Here’s why.
Imagine living in a large Phoenix home that costs $300,000 and is full of your belongings. Now compare that to scaling down to a smaller $180,000 home or townhouse, while many of your belongings are stored in a secure facility nearby.
It makes all the difference in the world. Not only have you freed up money to enjoy your retirement, but you’re not bogged down by all that stuff cluttering up your house. And it’s still easily accessible whenever you need it.