Tips for Moving to a Temporary Residence

Moving to a temporary home can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. There are a host of reasons that may have you seeking a temporary move including you’re between jobs/locations, you’re in town to care for a sick relative, you’re having major repairs made to your home, or perhaps you’re building a new home and need a place while construction happens.  One of the biggest challenges is deciding what to take with you and what to put into storage. Temporary homes tend to be smaller and have more limited space available so you will need to be strategic in your decision-making process. Here are some tips to help you decide what to put into storage when moving to a temporary home.

Assess Your Needs

The first step in deciding what to put into storage is to assess your needs. Make a list of the essential items that you will need in your temporary home. These might include furniture, bedding, kitchen supplies, and clothing. Once you have a list of essential items, you can start to prioritize which items you will take with you and which items you will put into storage.

Consider the Space Available

When you are moving to a temporary home, space is at a premium. You need to consider the space available when deciding what to put into a storage unit. Consider the size of your temporary home, the amount of storage space available, and the size of the items you want to bring with you.

Identify Items You Rarely Use

Another factor to consider when deciding what to put into storage is the frequency of use. Identify items that you rarely use or won’t need in your temporary home. For example, seasonal clothing, holiday decorations, and specialty kitchen appliances may be good candidates for storage. These items take up space and may not be needed in your temporary home.

Take Inventory of Your Possessions

Before you start packing, take inventory of your possessions. This will help you decide what items you want to take with you and what items you want to store. Create a list of all your possessions and categorize them into essential items, non-essential items, and items you can live without. This will give you a clear picture of what you need to take with you and what you can store.

Consider the Seasons/Events You Will Experience in the Temporary Home

Taking seasonal decorations such as all your Christmas decorations may be impractical. Perhaps a few items will do the trick to make it festive without cluttering up your temporary digs. Likewise, you may not need all those serving platters and kitchen gadgets if you’re not hosting family gatherings as you did in your primary home.

Moving to a temporary home can be a challenge, but with some planning and preparation, you can make the process easier. It’s a time to simplify and store the precious items you’ll use when you get back to your permanent home. 

Please let us know if we can assist with packing, moving, or storage. Our Clutter Crates service is ideal for people making a temporary move – we do all the loading and transport to storage. Our clients love the service.