Are you part of the Sandwich Generation? The Club Sandwich Generation? If you’re over 50 and live in a multi-generational household, there’s a good chance that you belong to one or even both of them.
And living with several generations can have a major impact on your storage needs. In this blog post, we’ll look at these generations and how self-storage can help you find a place for everyone in your household to store their things.
What is the Sandwich Generation?
The term “Sandwich Generation” refers to people – usually in their 30s or 40s – who have aging parents while also raising children of their own (thus “sandwiched” between two generations.
In many cases, these people are providing care for their aging parent while also looking after their own children, a situation which can be quite stressful.
What is the Club Sandwich Generation?
While people in the Sandwich Generation might find their duties split between their parents and their kids, adults in the “Club Sandwich Generation” are people in their 50s, 60s and 70s who’ve found themselves caring for FOUR generations of loved ones:
- Their elderly parents
- A spouse with health problems
- Children who have moved back home
- Grandchildren that their children might be unable to care for
No matter which of these generations you’re in, there’s a good chance that you’ll find yourself in a scenario where you have multiple generations under one roof.
If that’s the case, here are some tips for helping your parents – or your kids – downsize when they move in with you and why you might want to start thinking about sandwich generation storage.
1. Don’t wait for a crisis
Convincing your loved ones to downsize their home won’t be easy, but it’s a job that will become significantly harder if it ‘s happening in the middle of a financial catastrophe or health scare.
It’s easier to have a respectful discussion and to acknowledge everyone’s feelings and concerns when you’re not in crisis mode. This is where self-storage can help, giving you a place to keep things in the short term while you come up with a long-term solution.
2. Be realistic
Your parents have spent the last 30-40 years living in a 5,000 square foot home. Now, they’re planning on moving in with you, occupying an apartment above your garage.
There are a lot of things from their old home that just won’t fit into their new dwelling. We can accumulate a lot of stuff in three or four decades. It’s going to have to go somewhere.
Once again, this where you need to start thinking about sandwich generation storage issues. A self-storage unit can help you and your family break down the massive job of downsizing into more manageable amounts of time.
3. Get ready to donate
It’s hard to let go of things, even things we no longer need. You can help your parents ease the pain of giving up cherished possessions by donating them to those who might cherish them just as much. That might mean your cousin who had always admired your dad’s fishing gear or the local library, which can find a generation of new readers for all of your mom’s books.
This is yet another way self-storage can help: it offers you a place to keep things and donate them over time, rather than trying to unload a whole bunch of donations all at once.
Is your family in the midst of combining households? Are your parents getting ready to downsize? Delta Storage can help with all your sandwich generation storage needs.
With locations in Brooklyn, Jersey City and Bayonne, we offer secure, climate-controlled storage units to help you and your family through what’s sure to be a difficult time. Contact us today to learn more.