Monday, February 23, 2015

A Senior Loved One Moving Into Your Home?

A Senior Loved One Moving Into Your Home?

Make Room by Renting a Unit at a Storage Facility in Moraga, close by Lafayette!

As our loved ones age, they may need more personal care. Moving your loved one into your home is a great way to help them and even ensure they stay close to the entire family. You will need to think about what to do with their personal belongings; not all of their things will  fit in your home. How do you make your home comfortable for the entire family, including your loved one? Will you need to move some of your stuff out? Renting a unit at a storage facility near Lafayette can be the answer to your problem.

Making the Transition Easier

Moving is stressful for anyone. For your senior loved one, they are giving up some levels of independence and maybe even moving away from the home they have lived in for decades. Try your best to make this transition as easy as possible for everyone.
  • Respect their possessions. There may be some items your loved one cannot put in a storage facility. Try to make room for those, especially if they are sentimental pieces important to your senior.
  • Do not store items in your garage. Because your loved one may live with you for several months or even years, you may think about storing stuff in the garage to make room in the house. However, items stored in the garage can get dusty, have other items inadvertently stacked on top of them, or be damaged in other ways. A better option is to rent a unit at a storage facility in Moraga, near Lafayette where the items can be protected.
  • Handle their furniture and other items as if they were your own. Take extra care with your loved one’s items and treat them as if they were your own. Wrap delicate and breakable d├ęcor pieces, protect furniture and package everything well so that it can withstand both the move and the extended storage time.
  • Make space. You may need to clear out a room. Do not clutter up the rest of your house with the items you move out. Instead, put them into storage and while you’re at it, see what items throughout the house you can downsize. That way, the entire family, including your senior, won’t feel cramped for space.
  • See how else you can help. The transition will be stressful for everyone. Address all the elements of the move, settling in and new living arrangements with as much calmness as you can. See what you can do to help your loved one adjust. Ask if they need anything and if there is something you can do to make them more comfortable.


Taking in a senior loved one is a big responsibility, but one that will be appreciated more than you may ever know. You can make everyone more comfortable and maximize your living space just by tucking away the items you do not need in a storage facility in Morage, near Lafayette. That way everyone can enjoy time with one another without tripping over each other’s possessions.

Call 5A Rent-A-Space at (925) 631-7000 to learn about our storage facility in Lafayette. Read our FAQs  to learn more about self-storage or reserve your unit online. If you are not sure how much space you will need for your loved one’s furniture, use the “Space Calculator” to get a better estimate. 

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