Moving in with another person is a big step to take. It can lead to stress and turmoil if not carried out correctly. There are many aspects of the move that need to be considered that many would not even think about. Everything from what possessions to keep to what chores will everyone be doing; all needs to be discussed before the moving day comes. Here are some things you can do to make merging households easier for everyone involved.
An early conceptual floor plan will help in deciding what belongings you will need, how much space you will have, and where you want things to go. Waiting until the day you first walk into the house will not only cause stress for you, but those that are helping you move as well.
Stock should be taken on all belongings on both sides. This allows you to see who something might have the other doesn’t and what you both have. From here, you can decide whose belongings will be taken, and whose will be sold or put in storage. It is important to talk with each other throughout this entire process, to ensure you both can bring the must haves, and to make sure you do not bring unnecessary duplicates. This will also allow you to save as much money as possible considering furniture for the new home, as you won’t have to buy all completely new furniture.
A renovations list allows for you both to look towards the future. Consider what you may want to change about the new home, and how that might affect where you want to place certain things and make certain rooms.
Pack Up Early
Waiting until moving day to have all of you small possessions packed will lead to a chaotic day. By having most things packed by then, you will be saving yourself, and the moving company, time and stress. This also makes it possible for you to move any belongings you will not be taking with you to an alternate location, such as a goodwill or storage container.
If you both have a pet or pets that you are bringing along with you, it is important to introduce them properly. No one wants to move in with their significant other, only to find out their pets dislike each other and are fighting all the time. Some steps to take that would make this process easier include:
Find a Mutual Style
It is obviously most important that you both enjoy living in this new home together, and this includes the actual style of the home. Your new home should either be a new style you both decided on or a mix of your two styles, to ensure a happy home that you both enjoy being in. A common compromise of new couples is that each person has a designated space that they get to decorate, while the rest is done together. This allows for the best of both worlds.
While moving in together with anyone can be scary, it is important to remember that it doesn’t have to be. By following the tips above, move-in day can be something exciting and fresh, a new beginning to your future together!
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