3 Tips For Moving In Together
Moving in together is a big step for any couple. Aside from the investment you’re making together, both emotionally and financially, you’re making an investment in taking care of what’s yours. In this situation, “yours” implies dual ownership, and more often than not you’ll find that you both own a coffee table, a desk, a refrigerator, etc.
Today, our blog entry focuses on giving you and your partner 3 tips for moving in together. Domestic bliss is within reach!
1. Create a blueprint you both agree on.
Maybe not an actual blueprint, but a working idea of where you want to put everything. Go through your home and its rooms and figure out where everything would fit best ahead of your move-in day. Even better, take a notepad and pencil with you and sketch out a rough idea.
Measuring your big pieces with measuring tape, then measuring the spaces in your new home will help really lock in what’s doable and what’s not. You don’t have to be exact, but the closer you are, the better. Be sure you and your partner share the same expectations for your new home and its space. Discussing it while still working with a blank canvas is much easier than when everything is already set in place.
2. Store duplicates for emergencies.
Most people’s first inclination is to sell their old belongings. While a good ole fashioned yard sale may seem like a great idea, it can lead to headaches down the road (weather, trying to sell everything or throwing it away).
Instead, storing the duplicate items you and your partner own can be advantageous. Perhaps down the road you move into a bigger home, then suddenly you don’t need to buy new furniture since you already have some stored away. Or, if a furnishing breaks unexpectedly, you have a back-up to take its place. A storage unit can act like an insurance policy for your belongings.
And if you do decide to buy some new furnishings? Put the old stuff away, too. Storage units are affordable, and can be cheaper than having to buy a new piece should something break unexpectedly.
3. Get rid of junk.
While there are many things you may own that are worth keeping, there is almost always plenty of junk that is not. When moving in together, don’t be afraid to purge items you don’t need.
One of the biggest offenders in this situation is clothing. Doubling a wardrobe without doubling the size or number of closets is math that simply does not add up. A good rule of thumb for purging yourself of clothes you don’t need is to ask yourself, “Have I worn this in the past six months?” If the answer is no, it may be time to donate that piece to Goodwill or The Salvation Army. It’s a win-win!