Which Items Should Go in Storage on Moving Day?


Many people assume that individuals or families only move because they have the opportunity to upgrade to bigger houses with more space. That is not always the case. There are many good reasons for moving into a smaller space too.

For starters, if you are moving from the suburbs into the city, chances are very good that you are not going to have the square footage you had before. Other times, if you are moving to be closer to family, you may need to choose a smaller place to put yourself within a reasonable distance. Lastly, many people choose to simply downsize and streamline their lives, and part of doing that is choosing a smaller space.

Of course, as you begin to research movers and packers, you’re probably beginning to realize how much stuff you have. If you are concerned that you won’t be able to fit all of your belongings into a newer, smaller space you may want to consider off-site storage as an option.

But what to store, and what to keep in your home? Here are a few categories of items which can usually go into storage without a problem.


When downsizing, many people run into a dilemma of efficiency versus sentimentality. Certainly, the handcarved cuckoo clock made by your great-grandfather is not going into the donation pile, but it may not also fit the decor of your new place. You can research local moving companies who have expertise in dealing with delicate antiques, and they can pack your family heirlooms away for safekeeping in a storage facility.

You may want to find out about purchasing appropriate insurance for these items, and naturally, you will only want to store them in a facility that you feel is reputable and safe.

Seasonal Items

If you are living in a big suburban house, you would probably keep your seasonal items in the basement, attic, or out in the garage. Now that you are downsizing, it is probably safe to assume that you don’t have the kind of storage space you used to have.

Because seasonal items only need to be accessed once a year, they make ideal candidates for off-site storage. You can visit the storage facility once to retrieve your special decorations, and visit it again after you take them down in a few weeks.

Extra Furniture

Downsizing can sometimes be a temporary living arrangement. Young professionals who are moving into the city may only have one bedroom to worry about now, but in five or 10 years, they may have a spouse and children in the picture. It would be nice to have extra furniture on hand in case you ever need to upgrade in the future.

Extra dressers, bed frames, couches, and tables may be useful to you a little later down the line. Rather than getting rid of them all in your downsizing, consider placing them in storage.

Keepsakes and Photo

Certain photos and special mementos will always have places of honor in your home, but albums and envelopes stuffed full of pictures can take up a lot of room, especially in a smaller space. It can sometimes be tempting to get rid of too much in the excitement of downsizing, and the last thing you want is to regret throwing away pictures or mementos that cannot be replaced. Special keepsakes make great candidates for off-site storage.

Storage facilities can be a great solution for those who are not looking to part with all of their belongings forever, but who are also not looking to cram them into a smaller space. Consider putting these four categories of items into storage to help streamline your new home.

Niv Orlian is an online marketer and the Co-Founder of DO Online Marketing, a Chicago based company that helps local businesses such as Golan’s Moving & Storage, acquire, manage, and retain local customers online.