Downsizing from a sprawling house to a smaller one, or from a house to a flat, is something many of us will do at one point or another for a whole host of possible reasons. It may be that children have flown the nest, leaving unnecessary amounts of empty space in their wake. It could be that straitened circumstances compel us to live more frugally or a cohabiting relationship has come to its natural end. For whatever reason it’s occurring, a downsizing move doesn’t just mean finding a smaller place to live; it also means less room for our possessions. We may be well into adulthood, with many decades of accumulated belongings behind us, groaning shelves and bursting wardrobes. Now we’re faced with a challenge – we must be ruthless and dispose of everything that isn’t essential. What an emotional undertaking that can seem, adding an unwanted stress factor to an already stressful move. But there’s a way out and that way out is storage! It’s a cost-efficient way of buying yourself as much time as you need, so that you can either hold on to everything or enjoy the luxury of taking your time, working out what to keep and what to throw away at your own pace, without the pressure of looming deadlines or dreaded cut-off points.