There is no refuting that combining two households is an exciting time and step in life. This time, though, can also bring its fair share of stress. Don’t let disagreements dampen your enthusiasm! Take heed of the advice below when starting down the path of combining your lives together.
Ditch the Clutter
Making yourselves a unified front will make all the difference in this endeavor. Do a room-by-room inventory before you begin. While doing this, pull out any doubles you have of things and of the things that you know you just don’t want to carry along. If you are moving into a smaller place than you are used to, consider selling non-essential items. Have a yard sale! Use the funds for a home improvement project or to reward yourselves with a date night.
Find Your “Couple Style”
Even if you begin by thinking you have a similar style, you are quickly going to find that there are going to be some differences. If you don’t have room for all of your combined furnishings, discuss together how much you can keep and what needs to be sold. Don’t be hasty! Think of your partners feelings. You don’t know how sensitive they may be about that ugly couch that was their grandmas! Storage units help provide a great compromise. If they aren’t ready to get rid of the couch, put it into storage!
Maximize Your Space with the Right Furniture
Let’s say you both have sectionals and a new tiny living room. How is that going to work? Sell them both and find the right new couch to fit! If it is a smaller place, don’t try to make things work! Sell your old things to fund better fitting furniture!
If you and your significant other are ready to take that step, do it together and unitedly!