If your family is one of the many affected by the economic slowdown, I offer my sincere sympathies. I also offer a word of encouragement; things will get better. The economy will turn around and incomes will rise once again. The key to dealing with your current situation is to keep an eye on the future.
A lot of people will be moving into smaller homes or apartments in order to cut costs. However, smaller dwellings mean less storage space, and less storage means it’s time to pack some things away. Having a yard sale to weed out unwanted items is a great way to start the process of downsizing. Everyone has those “someday I’ll be thin” clothes they’ve been holding onto, or unused kitchen appliances that are only taking up space.
Try to think long term when downsizing. Don’t get rid of things you might regret later on or items that you would eventually need to replace. Selling the silver tea set you received as a wedding gift will only get pennies on the dollar and you can never replace its sentimental value. Consider putting those items in storage for the time being. Sell or donate to charity what you can part with, then pack up the rest for storage.
There are various ways to store your property for the future. One of the best ways is with a climate controlled storage facility. This type of storage will spare your items from the extremes of seasonal weather. This solution was perfect for a friend of mine with thousands of dollars worth of craft items and rubber stamps. A regular self serve storage unit would have gotten too hot in the summer and warped the rubber stamps. This type of unit is also exposed to more dust and vermin. The climate controlled storage unit kept her rubber stamps and craft items at the same moderate temperature all year round. Keeping everything in perfect condition for when she was able to use them again.
When packing your items for storage, be sure to pack with care. You never know how long you will have to keep your belongings in storage, or if they will end up having to endure a move to a new state before being unpacked. Packing adequately the first time will ensure safe keeping of your property. Reminding yourself that the current economic situation is only temporary will help you keep an eye on the future when your possessions will be home to enjoy once again.